Tommy: Do you think that I should begin with a more concrete practice such as “following the breath” or yoga in order to develop more clarity and presence in order to carry out these more subtle practices/explorations?
Rupert No. You are already Presence. You cannot develop that. It is your birthright. It is You. As regards more clarity, what will help is simple looking and simple seeing.
If you are feeling depressed do whatever is necessary in your case to bring yourself to a more neutral place. Be gentle with yourself. Go for a walk. See a friend….whatever helps you.
When you are feeling stable enquire into your true nature and see that you are this Knowing Presence that is experiencing whatever appearances of the mind, body and world are present. Be that knowingly. Rest as that. Be very loving, as this Presence, with all appearances, especially your own feelings of resistance. Be yourself and allow them to be.
As desire abates, generosity is born. When we are connected and present, what else is there to do but give?
Before you speak,
Let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate ask yourself is it true?
At the second ask is it necessary?
At the third ask is it kind?
-Sufi saying – See more at: http://www.dailyevolver.com/#sthash.jUY3EBW6.dpuf
“Let us each examine our faith. If it is rooted in love, mercy, kindness, and compassion, we are on the right track.”
The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama
Your own soul is nourished when you are kind;
it is destroyed when you are cruel.
FROM A POEM
Blessed are the men and women
who are planted on your earth, in your garden,
who grow as your trees and flowers grow,
who transform their darkness to light.
Their roots plunge into darkness;
their faces turn toward the light.
All those who love you are beautiful;
they overflow with your presence
so that they can do nothing but good.
There is infinite space in your garden;
all men, all women are welcome here;
all they need do is enter.