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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Would you waste it? Would you savor it, use it wisely in a practical manner? Save it for work as good samaritan? Would people organize their efforts? Would Americans use flight differently from say Papua New Guineans?
Maybe I have the start of a science fiction story...
Later in my 20's I read how a Zen Buddhist only needs a questioning mind and Zen Masters say only doubt enables great awakening. Doubt offsets complacency.
Since my teens I have enjoyed the mystery, the mystical, a number of perceived "religious experiences" and periods of more of the mundane where I feel a little less connected to Spirit. Maybe it's my personality or church of origin but I don't feel guilt if my dedication or belief soften. If doubt enters it's simply something to note and I recall my mother's words.
As powerful as that conversation has been for me my mother has no recollection of it!
The teacher, when giving instructions, takes power away from the student. The purpose of the teacher is to inspire the student to find their power.
To feel and sense lightness, merge with gravity. Sense heaviness first. Soften your approach. Melt down, feel down instead pf press.
In asana are you making a shape or are you going in to lengthen and explore the body?
We tend to put the brain on such a pedastal. Brain-intellect-mind is fast. Body-mind is slower. In the west we tend to bang the body-mind around. Build a relationship, a loving relationship between the intellect and the body-mind.
With yoga we don't need to go anywhere. "It" is in the interior.
Matter is bound energy. Go there with compassion and intelligence. Yes, it will slow your practice down.
Be a fulfilled person: fill breath and consciousness in spaces.
Concentrate and allow the yummy side.
The body loves metaphors.
Be tender (present) with yourself during practice. Be in the feeling state.
Communicate with area(s) of trauma, gripping, tension. Use words, breath, listening. Don't try to fix it.