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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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Living Gratitude

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The feeling of gratitude, when we tune into the sensation that it evokes in the body, may start out as an outwardly verbal or inwardly spoken “Thank You!” to someone or something that triggers the gratitude response. If we take deep notice of what we feel within, it may perhaps be likened to feelings of joy and love. It might also be said that joy and love triggers gratitude and that gratitude triggers joy and love.

Gratitude, joy, love have certain sensations that can be reproduced in the body without any associated outer circumstance or “cause.” It seems to require just being aware of the feelings and corresponding sensations that occur in the body (especially the spine). When experiencing any degree of gratitude, love, or joy that arises for whatever reason it is a matter of allowing ourselves to feel/experience without attaching any story or narrative to the experience…just being with the sensations.

When we learn to “capture” the sensations of love, joy, gratitude in our bodies, I think of the sensations as an experience of Bliss, that when followed deeper and deeper into the body, is felt as a kind of nectar-like substance that can be luxuriated in, pushed/pulled/squeezed through the spine and body.

Gratitude, love, joy all become a play and dance of subtlety in the spine, enjoyed without need of any outer cause. It is a way of living always in Gratitude!

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Play and Dance of Sensation

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When listening to music, tune into sensations and observe how the body responds. There might be certain postures and movements that it naturally assumes, along with certain “micro movements” of the spine, fingers, etc. Pay deep attention to the subtle sensations along with any thoughts or emotions that may come up.

Like in the practice of any “technique,” if you approach the above without deeply feeling into the sensations, the mind will begin to quickly wander from its connection with the subtle vibrations.

Tuning into the “Life Force” moving through the spine is like connecting with music. Just as music can hold the body/mind in its resonance, so the Life Force (felt as Bliss) holds the mind/body in its dynamic vibration.

Mind then becomes like fingers of the hand. Just as fingers/hands can hold and grasp whatever it latches onto, so the mind can latch onto feelings, sensations in the body. The mind can hold/embrace such subtlety of vibration in its attention, playing/dancing with sensations that are like micro-threads of finest light being pushed and pulled through the body and brain. The experience of the body is then like a most delicate feather vibrating in a gentle wind!

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Dance of Mindfulness

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The influence of our favorite songs have such powerful sway over our bodies and minds! Have you noticed how the body naturally, automatically wants to move and groove to our favorite pieces of music?

The next time you listen to your favorite pieces (especially dance music), observe how the body wants to start moving. However, before you get up and dance, just feel into the subtle energy of what is wanting to move you. Focus in on the activating sensation and follow it as far and as deeply as you are able to…before moving.

There is such power in subtlety! The subtle “life force” can be felt as the activating inner prompt that shows up as a desire to move. Usually we lose the delicate connection when we just go about our day, unmindful of the finest sensations of the activating energy.

In dance, we have an opportunity to feel the sublime! It is just a matter of learning to “hold” the initial activating sensation and following it to its deepest source within. This is the clue/doorway to the experience of Bliss!

 

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Mindfulness as Dance/Play/Romance

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Mindfulness is a way to tune the awareness immediately to the overall resonance of the moment, to the awareness of “how I feel in this moment.” From this information we are then able to make choices that are more in alignment with how we wish to feel. We humans, if even slightly introspective, will usually want to feel expansive, happy, loving, etc.

Mindfulness accepts whatever feelings comes up, tuning into the overall sensations that arise in the body, along with any corresponding thoughts.

Now here is the great value of mindfulness: when the attention is placed fully on the sensations of the body, following to finer and finer subtlety of vibration, the mind releases its tight hold on thoughts and the thinking process that oftentimes goes ’round and ’round, holding the mind in stories of  “why I feel so ____ (fill in the blank).”

Something interesting happens, besides helping us to “chill out.” It seems that just by placing our attention on any part of the body, the energy and feeling grows/magnifies in that area of the body. The natural movement of mind is then to expand into the “opening” created.

The sensation of this expansion, I believe is the birthplace of creativity. When followed to deeper and deeper subtlety, the feeling moves the body to dance, to sing, to create music, art, etc.

It is easy to miss the benefits of mindfulness (as well as meditation) when “practiced” as  disciplines or techniques. The mindset and approach of one who “practices” discipline and techniques oftentimes does not include the knowing and wisdom of when to release discipline and technique.

When the deeply subtle connection is made with the blissful life force in the spine, the “practice” of mindfulness or meditation no longer has meaning as it becomes more of a dance/play/romance with the creative force moving through the body.

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Mindfulness as a Way to Connect With Life Force

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Mindfulness is like a barometer that allows us to tune in immediately to our state of being, whether up, down, moody, upbeat, energetic, depleted, happy, sad, neutral, etc. etc.

Mindfulness can be thought of as an awareness of Self in all of its complexity of feelings and thoughts and distilling it all down into the simplicity of the moment, experienced as the overall resonance of feeling, of sensation, of life force. The moment, being out of time, communicates to the awareness a sense of being energetically up or down and all the degrees of in-between.

In the Divine Moment there is no story of sadness or happiness, despair or joy. There is only an energetic experience/sense of contraction or expansion.

Embedded in the feeling/connection of the Life Force is an invitation to go deeper and wider. Life Force seems to naturally seek wider channels through which to flow. Mindfulness then becomes an inner prompt to follow Life Force to deeper and deeper subtleties of Itself.

When we are ensconced in the dance and play of mindfulness, we become intimately aware of how our emotional feeling states are connected with our energetic levels. For example, the gravitational pull of our habits may have us helplessly locked in the seemingly endless cycles of our moods…and yet with the visceral experience of Life Force, there is an embedded knowingness/wisdom of how to shift such moods to wider and higher expressions of the Self.

Mindfulness connects us directly with Life Force… which offers a way out of the endless cycles of moods.

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