A Last Minute Person
To cultivate awareness of your essence, author Ken McLeod suggests the following exercise in “White Paper III”:
Imagine that you are going to die in one minute. The last thing you are going to experience is reading this, sitting in this room, wearing the clothes you are wearing, thinking and feeling what you are thinking and feeling right now. This is it. This is the end of your life. You have no time to do anything about it. You have no time to write a note or make a phone call. Your life is over. You will die in one minute. All you can do is experience what is, right now.
In doing this exercise, you stop fighting, stop wanting, stop achieving. You stop hoping for a better life. Getting anywhere becomes meaningless. What remains is that state of awareness within you that is devoid of all actions and thoughts and hopes. It’s a whole and complete place inside of you that doesn’t need anything to change. This part of us is sublime and is usually drowned out by the mind’s constant scurrying. But in silence, is speaks with unmistakable power and is our most trusted guide.