The aim of practical philosophy is to gradually develop the ability to live and act consciously at all times; with full knowledge of our surroundings and our part in them.
Commonly life seems frantic and confusion abounds, the mind continuously darts around, the emotions are in conflict and sometimes we know little about what is going on or what we are to do. To discover stillness of mind and bring about a greater sense of stability and confidence it is necessary to develop the capability to connect fully with the world through the senses, supported by the mind and heart.
This Exercise together with meditation form the foundations of practical philosophy:
First, find a balanced position of the body . . .
Let the mind be free of any concern or preoccupation . . .
Let the body be still . . .
Be aware of where you are now . . .
Feel the touch of your feet on the ground . . .
The weight of the body on the chair . . .
Feel the touch of the clothes on the skin . . .
Feel the air on the face . . .
If they are open, let the eyes receive colour and form without
any comment . . .
Be aware of the sense of smell . . .
And the sense of taste . . .
Be fully here . . .
Now be aware of hearing . . .
Let sounds come and go without any comment . . .
Let the hearing extend right out to the furthest and gentlest
sounds, embracing them all….
Simply rest in this awareness for a few moments.