Post: For a Friend

Cloud in the Gap, at Clear LakeHere are the instructions I give myself, when I sit:

Follow the singular location of self, from the breath in through the breath out, and from the breath out through the breath in.

By “the singular location of self”, I mean the sense of where I am in my body, of where the awareness I identify as my self is located.

In order to follow the singular location of self, I have to appreciate spontaneous activity that comes forward in any one of four fields, and respond appropriately:

Appreciate the action of the body, and relax. Appreciate the action of the senses, and calm down. Appreciate the action of the mind, and open up. Appreciate the action of consciousness, and let go.

If I appreciate the action of consciousness and let go, then the singular location of self is simply the location where consciousness takes place.

When I sit, I can feel the singular location generate stretch in the ligaments from the sacrum to the sit-bones, and in the ligaments from the sacrum to the pelvic tuberosities (where the hamstrings attach). If the stretch in these ligaments is even, activity is generated in the legs that returns the stretch to ligaments in the front of the abdomen and to ligaments behind the sacrum and lower spine. If the stretch in these ligaments is even, activity is generated that extends the stretch throughout the body, right to the surface of the skin.

With an even stretch throughout the body, the location where consciousness takes place can become the source of action of the body.

Even as the source of action of the body shifts from habit and volition to location, the effort remains the same:

Follow the singular location of self, from the breath in through the breath out, and from the breath out through the breath in.

 

☞ PDF, A Natural Mindfulness