Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A meditation for a full life, all day, all places

Interlude: Bones and Gravity Meditation

The meditation is one you can start your day with.
This mediation is one you can live your day with.
This meditation is one you can use as the basis of your being present in both the talking and touching exercises you do each day.
This mediation will radically improve yoga, and love making, and walking and any sport or dancing or musical instrument.
Making dinner.

It’s about being present to the obvious: We have a skeleton in gravity.

The first part goes like this.

The bones. Sensing the skeleton in gravity.

Sit in a chair quietly, not leaning back in the chair and both feet firmly on the floor.
Close your eyes.
Start with the toes of your right foot. Start at the tips of the toes, and sense them as completely as you can, moving awareness back into the foot.
Sensing means “feeling” as sensation. Exactly what you feel. No evaluation, of sore or this or that. Exactly what you feel. As sensation.
The right leg
Move up in sensing from your right toes, into your right foot. All the bones and blood and muscles, and mainly the bones.
Throughout this meditation, keep awareness on the parts you have already sensed, as you add more.
Wake your way up through your right foot, to your right ankle, slowly, slowly up the lower leg.
The right knee.
The right upper leg. All the flesh and all the blood and mainly the big bone, all the way up to the hip joint.
Dwell for a while in the fullness of attention as sensing filling your right leg.
Keep this attention on this leg as you begin to sense…

The right arm
While keeping the right leg in full sensory attention, start with sensing the right fingertips.
Work slowly with attention up the fingers to the palm. Fill in the palm and hand with awareness, working toward the wrist.
Then, keeping that in awareness, move slowly up the lower arm.
Then the elbow, then the upper arm to the shoulder.
Dwell for a while in the fullness of attention as you sense your entire right leg and right arm.
Enjoy this for awhile.
Keep this attention “on,” as you begin to sense…

The left arm.

This is a circle. “Around the world.” Waking up the arms and legs that constitute so much of play, work and love (and getting from place A to place B) in life.

Keeping the right arm and leg in awareness, start with your left shoulder and sense the top of your left arm. Move slowly DOWN the left arm.
Upper arm.
Lower arm.
Fingers out to all five left

Dwell for awhile in awareness of right leg, right arm, and left arm, keep this in attention/ awareness as you move to the…

Left leg.
Since we are moving around the circle, put your attention on where your left leg starts in your left hip socket.
Get into awareness of this.
Sense down your left leg, all the flesh, blood, muscles, nerves, and especially that big bone.
Then keeping the thigh in awareness add on
Left knee
Left lower leg (working slowly done, quarter of an inch as t time)
Left ankle ( lots of bones in there)
Left foot
Left toes , all the way our to all five
Left toe tips

Now dwell in the luxury of two arms and two legs, and feel the difference left and right side, and feel these four limbs and providing and kind of “box” for your physical awareness.
Stay here and enjoy for awhile.

This is the “Gurdjeiff” part of this meditation.
Gurdjieff was a practical Russian mystic, who thought humanity was “asleep,” and to wake up, meditation need to be “in the world,” of action of daily life.
There is more to his meditation.

And now we’ll add on the rest of the skeleton, care of a man named Moshe Feldenkrais, who has been called the greatest movement genius of the 20th century.
He was clear, as a judo expert, and PhD physicist and inventor of an amazing system of moving and feeling radically better in your body, that the brain paid attention to the body as “five lines.”
Two arms.
Two legs.
The spine and head.

(Think of a child’s drawing of a person, with the stick in the middle, arms and legs sticking out and a round head at top.
Think of the myriad of yoga “poses” as ways of rearranging these “five lines.”)

So, here’s the fifth line.

Keeping the four limbs in sensory awareness, add on…

The spine.

Start with your pelvis  where it’s pressing into the chair or wherever you are sitting. Sensing the meeting of the legs into the pelvis in the hip joints.
Sense the entire pelvis.
Move to the base of the spine.
Move slowly up the spine, as close to vertebra by vertebra as you can. ( Not easy)
Feel the neck, vertebra by vertebra, as close as you can.
Feel the skull balancing on the spine.

Add on the ribs, and shoulder blades and how they connect to the arms.

Dwell, as blissfully as you wish, in awareness of both legs, both arms, and the pelvis/ spine/ head/ ribs and shoulder blades.

Hang out here for awhile. As long as you wish.

Now add on the outside world.

Keeping sensing all the bones, and add on…

Listening to the outside world…

Hearing sounds from the outer world.
Notice how you now have inner and outer awareness.

Keeping sensing and listening add on..

The eyes.
OPEN YOUR EYES, and let in light.
 In the Gurdjieff meditation , they say to pay attention to reflected light coming in the eyes.
Do with that what you wish, but do feel the fullness of sensing your skeleton, both legs, both arms, the center, and noticing sounds in your ears, and light come in your eyes.

Now, and here’s how the Gurdjieff meditation differs than most:
Get up. Keep doing all this and go about your day in deep attention, both inward and outward.

This is a lot.

So is life.

Choosing attention is one of our only real choices.

Try it and see what happens.

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