What happens to the body when facilitated to rest into deep stillness?
It is invited and given the opportunity to re-connect to it’s underlying intrinsic health.
The behaviour of cells, tissues and fluids that make up the body systems are enabled to drop below the mode of more superficial workings, that of fighting infection, maintaining homeostasis, centering around strain patterns and what potentially begins, is a deeper conversation.
In this deep stillness a spaciousness opens and the possibility for something other than the cyclic motion is possible.
From the stillness, we discover the body is not subject only to habitual conditions but seeks another way to re-connect to a much wider radiance, a pool of inherent health beyond pathology.
What opens up in the pure moment of the present moment, over and over and over is un-affected, un-adulterated potential.
The pure potential that is neither clouded by future fantasy, or colored by the recent or distant past, is ever available. This pure potential is constantly underpinning our distracted mind-state. In most of our experience we are reacting to the world around us automatically and in this automation we are plagued by a convergence of both our past and our future. We rarely reside purely in a moment and experience this moment’s pure potential, simply engaging with how it is.
The beauty of clear, receptive experience is that it offers; clarity and space, an opening into perceptive potential. Understood and experienced in this way each moment is new and we are afresh in every moment, we have the potential to continually become and not be subject to the condition of who we have been and who we project ourselves to be.
We then, are not static but utterly potent and capable of renewal in each and every moment. There is pure, clear, alive, fresh and exciting potential within this creative engagement, this is mindfulness, a slowing down and a being aware of and responding to, what is actually arising in the here and now. This is discernment, choosing to experience the present moment in pure piercing awareness. This is momentary freedom from conditionality. This is actuality.
Can forgive the past
It starts singing.
When the violin can stop worrying
About the future
You will become
Such a drunk laughing nuisance
Will then lean down
And start combing you into
When the violin can forgive
Every wound caused by
The heart starts
Poem From ‘The Gift’, By Hafiz
The absolute truth cannot be realized within the domain of the ordinary mind. And the path beyond the ordinary mind, all the great wisdom traditions have told us, is through the heart.
May 10th, ‘Glimpse after Glimpse’ extracts from the Tibetan book of Living and Dying
An extract from ‘Embodying Your Realization, Psychological Work in the Service of Spiritual Development’, by John Welwood.
Indeed, expressing absolute true nature in a thoroughly personal, human form may be one of the most important evolutionary potentials of the cross fertilization of East and West, of contemplative and psychological understanding. Bringing these two approaches into closer dialogue may help us discover how to transform our personality in a more complete way- developing it into an instrument of higher purposes- thus redeeming the whole personal realm, instead of just seeking liberation from it.
These two convergent streams would then recognize each other as two vitally important limbs of an evolving humanity that is still moving toward realizing it’s potential as:
-the being that can open, and know itself as belonging to the universal mystery and presence that surrounds and inhabits all things, and
-the being that can embody that larger openness as human presence in the world, through it’s capacity to manifest all the deeper resources implicit in it’s nature, thus serving as a crucial link between heaven and earth, form and emptiness.
image from MYSTIC MAMMA
Presence is the artful, cultivated and open essence of deeply listening and receiving the client at the level of being.
The mirror of mindfulness.
The mind is inherently stable and clear, as clear as a mirror it reflects the myriad, transcient movement of the world around us and our commentary on that.
Thoughts and interactions come and go, millions and millions of them, a constant cacophany.
An awareness of the nature of the skylike, spaciousness of our mind, allows us to rest into this space, moving through our experience fluidly and effortlessly.
Neither grasping or rejecting, things roll in, things roll out – discernment will be your companion.
One regret, dear world,
That I am determined not to have
When I am lying on my deathbed
I did not kiss you enough.