For Whom the Bell Tolls

I rang the small Tibetan bell three times.  My client and I closed our eyes and breathed in the sound, allowing ourselves to come into the moment with a heightened mindfulness.Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention on purpose, of noticing and savoring a moment exactly as it is.  When a client walks into my office, the mental noise from their day, from their drive, from their busyness hovers around them like a cloud.  Pausing long enough to listen to a bell results in a perceptible, even tangible shift in their energy.We all make multiple transitions throughout a day . . . from home to work, from task to task, from business to pleasure, from awake to asleep.  Usually we’re careening through our days with such velocity that we never take time simply to pause.I’m ringing a bell more often for myself.  The delicate “gong” dissipates into the air, inducing an elevated awareness of inner peace.  In those moments, I know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for me.This tool is more fully described in my upcoming new book (for publication in fall of 2011), “Shortctuts to Inner Peace: 70 ways to find calm in the midst of stressful living”.  This Shortcut is previewed on my website here “Ring my Bell”To receive Ashley’s weekly blog via email Click

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2 thoughts on “For Whom the Bell Tolls

  1. Nancy

    Reading your blog, I heard the bell, a familiar sound from school, from Esalen Institute, from satsangs and didgeradoo healing sessions. I always say, I need to get one of those, today I will. Thank you for the reminder of using this delicate sound to regroup and regound.

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