One of my favorite things is waking early and sitting in the darkness and quiet. On days when I'm up that early, my practice is to light a candle, make coffee or tea and to sit next to the window covered with a throw and with the blinds and curtains open.
As I watch clouds form and change shape and move across the dark sky, I'm free to think about what I'm learning from my readings, my interactions with people and even from TV series or films. In addition to formal meditation, which I do less often these days, I like to sit in the quiet and allow thoughts and feelings to come into my consciousness. Without daytime distractions, the results of new information and experiences combining with older ones present themself to me.
Being highly sensitive and easily distracted, these times when it takes less effort to avoid all the things that stimulate my senses are so valuable. Thoughts, of course, always intrude, but it's easier to manage them.
Covid has changed the daily routine for so many of us. I hope you've found a way to give yourself some peace and quiet to enjoy in whatever ways are possible for you.
In my opinion, he explains intangible concepts better than anyone else I've listened to or read. But please - watch this video from 2013 - it's an hour and a half - and decide for yourself.
It's filled with information on our identity, our thoughts and so much more. He connects western and eastern religions and spirituality. He connects modern science and spirituality.
He lets us know that meditation is not the only way to understand your inner self and to practice being in the present moment rather than reliving your past or thinking of the future. He suggests using simple every day activities such as washing your hands (how appropriate that is in 2020!) and waiting in line as ways to place your full attention on the present and realize how pleasant they can be.
Whether you're new to inner growth or not, I hope you'll find this talk beneficial.
It's called: Conversations on Compassion with Echkart Tolle and is found here -
Scientists have created the first map of a colossal supercluster of galaxies known as Laniakea, the home of Earth's Milky Way galaxy and many other. This computer simulation, a still from a Nature journal video, depicts the giant supercluster, with the Milky Way's location shown as a red dot.