In the first week of the first term all students are introduced to 'The Awareness Exercise'. This is a simple exercise of just sitting still, being relaxed, and quietly listening to the tutor giving simple directions which focus the mind on each of the 5 senses. Usually the effect is of finding inner stillness, peace and happiness. All students are encouraged to practise this exercise regularly during the week between classes.
The Practice of the Awareness Exercise
First, find a balanced position of the body . . .
Let the mind be free of any concern or pre-occupation . . .
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.