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Introduction to Retirement 101

January 1, 2024 

MINDFUL RETIREMENT:  Stop Wanting, Start Living

Do you want to find more purpose and meaning in your retirement?  It's not so much what you do as how you do it.  Rise above the level of mind into pure consciousness prior to identification with form.  Become aware of the Beingness and unmanifested life that is eternally within you by learning how to practice mindful retirement in this new and innovative program based on The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Reshape your desires into meaningful goals. Touching on the complex interplay between desire and suffering, Retirement 101 illuminates the path from common dissatisfaction to genuine fulfillment. Discover actionable insights for breaking the cycle of unfulfillment and setting life-changing resolutions that lead to true satisfaction and personal growth. 

To "inhabit the body' is to feel the body from within, to feel the life inside the body and thereby come to know that you are beyond the outer form.

Underneath your outer form, you are connected with something so vast, so immeasurable and sacred, that it cannot be conceived or spoken of - yet I am speaking of it now. I am speaking of it not to give you something to believe in but to show you how you can know it for yourself.

MEDITATION PRACTICE:  Connecting With The Inner Body

A very effective way of connecting with the inner body is simply to take the focus of your attention away from thinking and direct it into the body, where Being can be felt in the first instance as the invisible energy field that gives life to what you perceive as the physical body.  Please try it now.

Please close your eyes for this practice.  Later on, when "being in the body' has become natural and easy, this will no longer be necessary. Direct your attention into the body. Feel it from within. Is it alive? Is there life in your hands, arms, legs, and feet - in your abdomen, your chest? Can you feel the subtle energy field that pervades the entire body and gives vibrant life to every organ and every cell? Can you feel it simultaneously in all parts of the body as a single field of energy? Keep focusing on the feeling of your inner body for a few moments. Do not start to think about it. Feel it. The more attention you give it, the clearer and stronger this feeling will become. It will feel as if every cell is becoming more alive, and if you have a strong visual sense, you may get an image of your body becoming luminous. Although such an image can help you temporarily, pay more attention to the feeling than to any image that may arise. An image, no matter how beautiful or powerful, is already defined in form, so there is less scope for penetrating more deeply.

The feeling of your inner body is formless, infinite, and unfathomable. You can always go into it more deeply.  If you cannot feel very much at this stage, pay attention to whatever you can feel.  Perhaps there is just a slight tingling in your hands or feet.  That's good enough for the moment. Just focus on the feeling. Your body is coming alive. Later, we will practice some more. Please open your eyes now, but keep some attention in the inner energy field of the body even as you look around the room. The inner body lies at the threshold between your form identity and your essence identity, your true nature. Never lose touch with it.


The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body - to feel it at all times.  This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes, much like a light that grows brighter as you turn up the dimmer switch and so increase the flow of electricity. At this higher energy level, negativity cannot affect you anymore, and you tend to attract new circumstances that reflect this higher frequency. 

If you keep your attention in the body as much as possible, you will be anchored in the present moment.  You won't lose yourself in the external world, and you won't lose yourself in your mind.  Thoughts and emotions, fears and desires, may still be there to some extent, but they won't take you over.

Please examine where your attention is at this moment. You are listening to me, or you are reading these words in a website. That is the focus of your attention. You are also peripherally aware of your surroundings, other people, and so on. Furthermore, there may be some mind activity around what you are hearing or reading, some mental commentary.   Yet there is no need for any of this to absorb all your attention. See if you can be in touch with your inner body at the same time. Keep some of your attention within.  Don' t let it all flow out.  Feel your whole body from within, as a single field of energy. It is almost as if you were listening or reading with your whole body.  Let this be your practice in the days and weeks to come.

Do not give all your attention away to the mind and the external world.  By all means focus on what you are doing, but feel the inner body at the same time whenever possible. Stay rooted within. Then observe how this changes your state of consciousness and the quality of what you are doing.

Whenever you are waiting, wherever it may be, use that time to feel the inner body.  In this way, red lights, gridlock and waiting in lines every where becomes very enjoyable.  Instead of mentally projecting yourself away from the present, go more deeply into the present moment by going more deeply into the body.

3.  THE INVISIBLE INNER BODY:  Doorway Into Being and Life Unmanifested 

The art of inner-body awareness will develop into a completely new way of living, a state of permanent connectedness with Being, and will add a depth to your life that you have never known before.

It is easy to stay present as the observer of your mind when you are deeply rooted within your body. No matter what happens on the outside, nothing can shake you anymore.

Unless you stay present - and inhabiting your body is always an essential aspect of it - you will continue to be run by your mind. The script in your head that you learned a long time ago, the conditioning of your mind, will dictate your thinking and your behavior. You may be free of it for brief intervals, but rarely for long. This is especially true when something "goes wrong" or there is some loss or upset. Your conditioned reaction will then be involuntary, automatic, and predictable, fueled by the one basic emotion that underlies the mind identified state of consciousness: fear.

           So when such challenges come, as they always do, instead of acting out your childhood trauma, make it a habit to go within at once and focus as much as you can on the inner energy field of your body. 

This need not take long, just a few seconds. But you need to do it the moment that the challenge presents itself.  Any delay will allow a conditioned mental-emotional reaction to arise and take you over.  When you focus within and feel the inner body, you immediately become still and present as you are withdrawing consciousness from the mind.  If a response is required in that situation, it will come up from this deeper level.  Just as the sun is infinitely brighter than a candle flame, there is infinitely more intelligence in Being than in your mind.  As long as you are in conscious contact with your inner body, you are like a tree that is deeply rooted in the earth, or a building with a deep and solid foundation in rock, not sand.