Our idea about our bodies and our connection to it needs a reality check. This relationship needs to be reviewed with the facts if we are to have true health and well being. Slave drivers we are to this most magic animal that we live in. Our pets would never survive how we treat our bodies and yet we get up everyday. We give it very little honor and quite dictator-like direction! Our car gets better care as a vehicle than our physical body.
At my masters class this weekend, we were listening to a seminar at one point of the late founder John Roger, speaking on this very topic. His comment was that our conscious mind, who runs our life and where we are coming from most of the time, should be in awe of our body, this basic self who runs the physical nature of us. It really clicked deep in me in a greater way. Most know I teach honoring our body, connecting to it, reveling in its sensory nature but the "in awe" of it was a profound perspective. To really give it the honor and reverence for what the body actually does for us with no real thinking on our part.
Not in awe as of worship it in a above all else, but in awe of what it does and how to work with it in a way that supports both our body, our plans of the mind and our spirit in wellness through life. Lets really think about this for a moment. We have the spirit of us that never ages, our true self. This "us" uses the mind for ideas, to catagorize and label. The emotions to inspire movement and action with preferences on things. And our physical body, animal so to speak, seems to take orders and run with all this direction to create in the world. It runs all our physical situations even when we are in another level. It digests, does all the work, builds our body and runs our physical presence without our thinking. It has an auto pilot that drives our car automatically while we are off in our minds rambling. It really does most everything here for us often without our conscious direction.
Often called the basic self, or body deva, it truly is quite an interesting level of consciousness that we are blessed to ride with. When our mind, our conscious self gives it the honor, the awe, we find it works better for us and with us. In fact, that was the learning there. To work with our habitual, animal self in unity, together in a way that is kind and supportive. As yoga calls it, the horse on which you ride. When you really consider this relationship as that states, as a perspective of honor and care, it really shifts what is happening here. It also shows us how little reverence we have for our body! Being quite the task master and pushing it's limits with no communication with it or notice of what it needs to actually run well. When there is no honor or connection, then it becomes as an untrained animal, fighting us tooth and nail as we try to direct it. It is a piece of us that needs care and cooperation to get the most from it.
The basic self is a patterned part of ourselves. It doesn't like change, it wants to run in grooves and patterns, it keeps us in sync with the world of nature that it is a part. We are in the animal kingdom, so that physciality cycles with the rest of nature. It has plenty of energy and wants to do and complete. It likes projects and movement. It is our true laboring part of ourselves. To understand and know it's ways, its gifts and limitations is paramount to health. It mode is survival and it has an innate health system that is operating. We should have great awe indeed for what it does for us as we roll about in our mind.
When we work in unison, as we do our pets or car, with our body deva, it truly does all the work of health and well being. If we honor, listen and direct it, feeling good and being able to look good and move around is really a no brainer. It is all the meanness and abuse we put forth on it that makes it the unruly teenager. It needs direction but also gentle care as a young child. Once you shift your perspective, really get what I am saying here, fitness, health, being in shape, looking good and feeling good is a much easier affair. Not only that, you don't really have to work at it with your mind for this lovely basic self does it. It takes direction and will conjure what you want with your loving care and connection.
The main thing to develop the right relationship is to listen to it. It is continually giving us messages about what it needs by signals we often gloss over. When it's tired, you are tapping it out so illness can creep in. When it's hungry it needs food to produce energy. When the emotions are low, quiet alone time is necessary to rebalance. When it is filled with energy, it needs to move to expend it. It has to manage all our emotions, thinking and plans and it is a worthy servant when we cooperate with it. So tuning in throughout your day, as you would a child goes far in developing this relationship. As you do, the body deva can bring forth such health and well being, joy and good emotions without us even thinking about it. it is its nature to operate optimally naturally. We just need to work kindly with it.
Lastly, the ability to feel pleasure, the healthiest elixir in life, comes through a body experience. Our mind can"t feel pleasure only acknowledge it. Our emotions can express how good it feels but the body feels the sensory electricity of experience. The Awe to me is in this. It is the experiencer of relaxation, happiness, joy and sensuality which creates and participates in the feel good chemicals. It comes through our body being! It is the vehicle that connects all levels of mind, emotion, spirit in physical awareness. It grounds everything into the physical level experience in unison with full sensory expression. It is the partaker of it all and it gives us full pleasure completely.
Really consider this view of your most sacred vessel of the body. It is the tool of pleasure and every joy we can think of. Honor it as the great conscious being it is and find greater ways to work with it. It will give you what you are desiring in life as the work horse, as the sensory part of yourself, as the doer, as the relaxer, as the balanced spirit you are. You can't experience any of this without the body on board. It is the most worthy gift of being alive here. You may want to be a bit more kind to this pet of yours. It's love for you, of you and by you will create a much more magical experience while you are alive on earth.
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