Wednesday, July 13, 2005

YOGA: Frankie Says Relax (Part 2 of 2)

...with the great, grand secret being: to Relax.

It seems so simple, but of course it is. It should be so simple.

If an urge or desire arises, if I'm suffering through a bout of restlessness, if thoughts come in meditation - the answer is NOT to fight it off. Pushing away is another form of negativity and is not being the "watcher." Observe the restlessness, the suffering, the desire and then just ... well, relax. Don't allow the thought(s) to seed. Don't act on every whim that crosses your consciousness.

Ken Wilber calls it CONTRACTION anytime we live from the level of Ego. It's like a muscle tightening up when we desire something or get caught up in ourselves. It's relaxing that contraction that allows us to spread out, surrender, release, and return to our Original State: a single Pure Awareness that is the core of everything that is.

"Relax - don't do it. When you want to go to it."
(from the 80's classic "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

1 comment:

isaiah said...

Well said... and sitting meditation isn't the pathway to stillness for everyone, some find their groove or zone walking or exercising. Whatever the activity that causes you to lose yourself, lose the "contraction" and still the inner dialoge is the right and purest for you.