We Are Meant to Dance!

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The human body is such an amazing creation! We were made to dance, to move in rhythm with the heartbeat of Nature, with the music we love…because it feels so freakin’ good to do so!

My recent mix of favorite artists: Sarah Tavares, Adriana Calcanhotto, Habib Koite, Fatoumata Diawara and Marisa Monte, to me when I listen and feel their music, the vibrations/overtones/resonance of their voices have a way of “squeezing” the “feel good” juices as though through every cell of my body.

Have you ever heard someone express someone’s artistry of voice as being “So beautiful that it hurts?” So beautiful that we cry? Scream? The above mentioned artists do that for me.

Children have such an abundance of physical energy that they usually have a natural ease and grace with dancing. Their expression of movement through dance comes as a joyful overflow of energy…if the natural connection with their bodies hasn’t been shamed or censored out of them.

As we grow older, our dancing becomes more structured. We want to learn dance moves, styles, etc. It is safer to dance in ways that are within acceptable boundaries and styles. On dance floors. In the safe container of other dancers.

I admire people who feel free enough to dance at bus stops, on the street, at the workplace, with or without music…just for the joy of dancing!

Until that day comes when I feel that kind of freedom, I have a way to play/dance with the feel good juices of music, whether sitting, standing or laying down. It starts with feeling for that delicate, activating, blissful sensation in the body that wants to move to the rhythms of the music being listened to. As you follow the sensations, pay attention to how the energy wants to move, how it wants to position the body in ways that magnifies the sensation. This is the point at which the palate of sensations expands dramatically. The inner dance becomes like a gigantic smile or giggle moving ecstatically through the spine and body!

More on this later…

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Meditation “Practice” Pt 2

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This post is a continuation of my last blog entry. A good friend and reader left insights and comments regarding my last entry that I feel are very important for any spiritual seeker to consider.  The following is from Scott,  (a fellow ex-monk from the same ashram we once lived in) from Skeptics Meditation followed by my response:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. Having thought about this myself too, but somewhat differently.

I’d go further than the harms of “mental constructs of meditation”.

How about these unprovable “mental constructs”? Aum or chakras, Third Eyes, or Spinal Currents (kundalini serpents).

Failing to ever know for ourselves whether we really experience these we rely on the gurus, texts, and spiritual traditions which implanted the concepts in our minds in the first place. It’s a perfect recipe (dished up by the teachers) to never trust oneself, one feelings or sensations.

Thanks Scott, for your thoughts and insights. My approach and thinking around the “mental constructs” of Aum, chakras, third eye, etc is this: I have my physical body that is able to feel sensations. I also feel emotions like sadness, joy, anger, etc. I also know that I have what I call the “mind” that wants to make sense of the world. Concepts, such as “Aum” has a very different meaning for me now.

When I sing/tone Aum, I feel for the sensations that go from the back of the throat and ends at the lips. I tone it in a way that vibrates my nasal cavity. This has a particular sensation that feels really good. That “feel good” sensation expands the more I allow myself to feel.

It wasn’t always this way. Chanting Om had no real affect on me, at least not in a deep way. It wasn’t until I started throat singing, gutteral singing that I started to feel in a deeper way. Still, no real big shakes.

One day, for no reason that I can remember, I noticed how sensations had “underlying” sensations, very fine vibrations that I could feel. Not in my imagination, but really feel. This opened the way for me to explore subtle vibrations. In exploring fine vibrations in the body, I also came to feel exquisite “feel good” sensations.

Attributing any special “spiritual” meaning to this visceral experience would just get in the way, as the act of thinking about it seems to cut off the deeply felt “feel good” feelings. I describe this as the “Bliss Resonance.” I use the term “Bliss” because in my experience it is a visceral experience, just as intense as sexual orgasm, just in a different area of the body, higher up in the spine. Ascribing otherworldly, spiritual meaning to the experience is not necessary, but words are required in order to convey the process.

Take the words, “Kundalini serpents” for example. Just words, concepts describing an energetic state of the body/mind…along with a lot of “spiritual connotations” that may or may not be scientifically provable.

For me it would remain just stuff of the imagination, heavy mental baggage if devoid of the somatic feel, the visceral experience of what feels like (to me) a coiling, serpentine movement of vibration/energy in the spine.

Now, to me, there is a very fine and interesting point that can be made here. Inquiring minds might say, “It’s all made up stuff in someone’s imagination! It’s not real. At most, it is just a sensation/vibration/feeling that is exaggerated to be something way more than what it really is. So f***n big deal!” And they would be correct in their assessment. The Kundalini energy is just a vibration, a sensation, a feeling.

Here’s the thing though…and I can only speak from my own experience of the sensation…and that is all anyone really has that can be of real significance: our own experience. From my perspective as an artist, it is as if my palette of paints went from a dozen colors to more than a thousand.

Likewise, it is as if my “palette” of perceived sensations in my body (especially the spine) went from a dozen to over a thousand, with the underlying and significant sensation being that of the Bliss Resonance, an extremely pleasurable and activating vibration that comes with an “Oh my f***n God!” exhortation. In other words, the experience leaves no room for conjecture, “Did I imagine that? Was that real?” Etc. Etc. It is like, if anyone wonders whether or not they had an orgasm or not, they definitely did not!:)

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks again Scott! Your comments, questions, insights are always welcome here!

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Meditation “Practice”

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I’m familiar—as most people are—with the emotional states of sadness, grief, joy, anger, etc. The wide emotional range of what it means to be human. Take joy for example. If we follow the sensations that move through the body, it seems to trigger a smile response upon our face, which also has a sensation. Now, when tuning into the sensation/vibration of joy in the body, the mind’s attention can easily follow and “attune” to the vibration. It offers a natural way of focusing the mind, relaxing the tight and distracted mind.

The body has the sensitivity to feel deeply and in this sensitivity to vibration, we can learn to use any feeling/sensation to go deeply into the body, to attune the mind—in resonance—with exquisitely fine sensations. What value does this have?

For one thing, it is a natural and simple way of focusing the mind, a way of releasing thought loops of worries and anxieties. Also, when the attention is focused upon sensations in the body, the natural pathway of attention, of mind, seems to be towards finer and more subtle vibration… and it is in this subtlety that the connection to the Bliss Resonance can be established.

I find it interesting that in all my years of meditation “practice,” my attachment (and rigidity) to doing technique “correctly” served as a mental barrier that would ensure my eternal inability to connect with the fine bliss sensations in the spine that the gurus spoke about.

In releasing the mental constructs of meditation and allowing myself to simply feel and follow the inner prompts of sensations, wherever they started (joyful, sad, angry, scary, etc.), I found that all feelings/sensations are connected to a deeply vast resonance that has an ecstatically “feel good” component.

It is a matter of getting past our inner gatekeeper, the thoughts/beliefs/assumptions we have regarding God, spirituality, techniques.

To be continued

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Mindfulness Practice

Something I’ve been noticing about the “practice” of mindfulness. In the past, for the most part, it remained a haphazard, unfocused “practice” that sounded like a good thing to do from a “spiritual” perspective. It therefore had very little impact, depth or benefit in my life. It just wasn’t happening for me, regardless of my intention and hours of “practice.”

However, when connecting with the subtle sensations of feelings, emotions, etc. and especially the delicate bliss resonance in the spine, mindfulness just happens. The experience of the bliss resonance has a way of automatically fine-tuning the attention. It prompts the mind’s focus to go inwardly towards its fine vibration…because it feels so ecstatically good! Very little effort or act of will is required once the nervous system and mind has become acquainted with the subtle sensation…because it feels so good!

The same can be said of my “practice” of meditation technique. Years of practice with no real depth of connection with what the gurus spoke about. In connecting with the delicate and subtle bliss sensation, the “feel good juice,” mojo that can be easily tapped into, then deep meditation happens automatically… and technique falls away, as the bliss vibration guides the energy to move in a certain way through the body, especially the spine.

As I said, it can be easily tapped into. How is it that it can be missed for a lifetime(s)? In the same way that we miss the activating undercurrents of joy just before a smile. In the same way that we miss the delicate overtones of a beautiful voice.

It is not difficult to tap into the Bliss Resonance in the body. It just requires an openness to follow feelings, emotions, sensations (even the ones we’d rather not look at).

For those who wish a deeper dive and connection with the Bliss Resonance, feel free to contact me for a free phone consult. Whether we decide that we are a good fit to work together (or not), you will get much benefit.

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Lessons from the Flu – Part 3

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The body is an infinitely creative, bliss generating machine. It was not meant to be an instrument of torture, although it may seem so when we are sick, injured or out of balance.

I know that when I’m sick or injured, my energy level is compromised and it is difficult to feel upbeat, happy, or of positive mind. During such times it seems the energy is diverted primarily towards healing and going “off-line,” disconnecting from activities that would normally be engaging to us: our creative desires, passions, interests, etc. There is only the desire to rest, sleep, to regain energetic balance. There is also an inner sense or calling to simply endure.

As we move towards balance, our energy level increases. If I’m mindful during this period of coming back “online,” I notice a resuming of feelings of well being, of happiness and creativity.

I notice the increasing energy is like turning the switch back on to the “feel good” juices in the body…a reconnecting with the Bliss Resonance.

Being mindful during the transition from sickness to well-being offers an amazing “Aha!” moment of viscerally connecting with and witnessing the birth of the Bliss Resonance in your consciousness. Once this connection is made, you will always remain connected, even during sickness and imbalance…you will know its most subtle hiding place in the spine, where you can “hear” it sleeping.

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Lessons from the Flu – Part 2

My recent bout with the flu (which I’ve completely recovered from) has been a reminder to me that when the body is unwell, it is very difficult to enjoy things that ordinarily gives great joy and/or pleasure: Listening to my favorite music. Sitting by a beautiful river. Walking in Nature. Nope! Nope! Nope! Doing art, playing music, singing. Nope! Nope! Nope!

As I’ve mentioned before, pain/illness is like a dimmer switch turning down the “feel good” juice in the body…and the natural enjoyment level of what I might consider beautiful, sublime, wonderful, fun, etc. seems to get turned off completely, overpowered by the primal, activating desire to simply be rid of pain.

There seems to be a built-in mechanism or consciousness in the body that moves us towards balance, homeostasis, feelings of wellness. Now, even when the body is well, there is a natural desire to move towards harmonious environments and away from dissonant, distracting ones. For example, it is far easier to enjoy a sense of well being while in a quiet setting (like in the woods), as opposed to being in a place surrounded by leaf blowers, nail guns, jackhammers, etc.

If we tune into, follow the sensations of well being, the “feel good” vibration in the body, it can be felt/experienced as a kind of expanding pressure in the body, like the positive air pressure in a greenhouse. This energy, mojo, prana, bliss, whatever you want to call it, moves with infinite subtlety of vibration through the body and seems to know how to “posture” and move the body as a way to magnify/expand the depths of its creative expression.

Again, when the body is unwell (as with the flu), although the connection with our mojo, the Bliss Resonance in the body is turned down (if not off), a conscious, “Aha!” moment of recognizing it coming back online can be established as the body begins to regain energy.

After illness, when the body has been purged of toxins and has gotten its much needed rest, during that time of energy uptake, the sensitivity to subtle vibrations of the Bliss Resonance as it once again reseats in the body is very high. This allows an opening/opportunity to make deep acquaintance and connection with the serpentine dance of creation!

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Lessons from the Flu

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I noticed something when I had the flu last week. My enjoyment of things I normally love doing seems to get turned off, like a dimmer switch being turned down. Listening to my favorite music, drawing, dancing, etc. gets switched off…and the body/mind just wants to sleep, rest. It is like my connection with beauty, with inspiration gets turned off.

The “feel good” feeling, the Bliss Response in the body can still be tuned into I noticed, but the “gravitational pull” of the body’s need for sleep and rest just seemed too strong. This may sound obvious, but it seems that a certain baseline of health or energy level must exist in order to be in tune with the Bliss Response in the body.

When engaged in any kind of creative work (painting, drawing, writing, playing music, listening to music, dancing, etc.), if you pay attention to the sensations of your body, you may find a kind of pleasant or even pleasurable vibration moving through the body. The subtlety of sensations becomes then a playground for creative inspiration.

When well, the body has an amazing capacity for creative inspiration, for tuning into exquisitely fine sensations, delighting on the balance point of the body’s resonance with Bliss.

After having gone through a bout with the flu, the body, having been purged of accumulated toxins, along with getting plenty of rest, the rising energy level seems to be accompanied by a return of the “feel good” juice, the Bliss Response… the natural state of well being…a clearness of body and mind that supports the state of wonderment and enjoyment of the world!

The body is an amazing, infinitely creative, Bliss generating machine! It was not meant to be an instrument of torture! In my “Ecstatic YOU!” mentorship program, I share some of the ways in which I’ve connected with the conscious and creative currents (Kundalini) that surrounds and permeates the body.

My primary approach is through the use of sound and their overtones. All that is required is an open heart and deep feeling. If you are interested in connecting with, switching on these subtle currents in your body, please contact me for a free consultation to see if we would be a good fit to work together!

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