16-05-2013 Talk by Steven Berkley on Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
Each moment of our lives provide an opportunity for us to make a significant contribution to our world, if we are aware enough. When we carry a powerful awareness that is filled with stillness into our ordinary everyday tasks, we can have a a very special and extra-ordinary impact. Join us to learn how to create a powerful awareness in the ordinary of moments and leave a mark in a very positive way.
Steven shared his research and reflections on this topic from his very personal experiences and experiments he did. He shared how mediation improved the quality of his relationships. He learned to perform faster through wasting less time on unproductive thinking. He learned to create a space within himself to hear and listen to his own intuition. Though meditating he preferred the word awareness exercises as this word more truthfully reflected what he was doing.
One of his favourite experiments is the 30 day awareness challenge. He has shared the many great experience people had who gave this challenge a real go. It is truly amazing the experience those people had.
30 Days Awareness Challenge
The 30 day awareness challenge goes as follows. Choose a mundane task you perform every day for at least 10 min. This could be making a cup of tee, morning toilet, making breakfast etc. Something not intellectually challenging but something you just do anyway, so that it does not take up extra time of your day. So it is something which integrates into your life easily. When you have the task then commit yourself for 30 days to be more aware of this activity. That is all. Just be more aware and note down you experiences in a log. Just note down your observations, your thoughts during this 10 min. This is an important feedback loop, which will make you aware of your success and your experiences which will proof to you that it works and it will then fuel you with the energy to go on and expand this exercise into other parts of your life.
The steps are:
- Aim (understanding)
- Experiment (with the new understanding with the heart)
- Observe (the outcome, the feelings)
- Reflect (the new understanding and the outcome)
- Refine (your awareness or understanding or aim)
- (Loop back to experiemt)
It is all about redefining how we see ourselves and to bring this practically into our thoughts, words and actions.
Gentleness is the most needed virtue in this process.
Learn to observe with love.
Be loving in your observations.
- Awareness (seed)
- Attitude (thought which is repeated more than twice)
- Outlook (vision)
Stephen Berkley, health administrator and consultant since 26 years for the Australian and the UK governments and trust hospitals, as well as for cancer research NGO. He currently works as the Manager of Organisational Development at the J Watumull Global Hospital + Research Center, Mt Abu, India. Stephen facilitates meditation retreats worldwide.