August 30, 2016 11:52 AM
From the book in progress. One of the things I stress about the Mortal Aspect is to think of the body as other—as not you.
Yet we don’t want to get so impersonal that we think of it as just a biological machine…
A Mortal Practice. First draft:
Your Body As A Dance Partner (Yang)
Reach over and pick up something next to you. A pen, a cup of coffee, a napkin, a spoon. Anything small and simple.
As you pick it up, watch your body. Watch your fingers. Watch the movement of your arm and the way your hand glides over to the object.
Isn’t that amazing? Your eyes looked for something to pick up. Your mind locked in on it and your body acted. It acted as if it were intelligent.
Watch the complexity of these actions. Observe the position of each of your fingers as they grasp and lift the object. How did the little finger curl up like that? It curled up all on its own. It acted on its own.
Though you directed, your body acted with you. It was almost as if you were partners in the action. As if two dancers were performing the dance of Pick Up The Coffee Cup. Each—you and your body—played its part. Each acted in unison, but on their own accord.
Now stand up and go for a walk. While you’re walking, notice how your body follows your lead. Turn here. Stop. Look at that. Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t it wonderful how in synch the body is to you? Like two dancers. Like two lovers. You and your body.
Look at a blade of grass or a tree or a houseplant. You could have been born as one of those. Your senses limited to up and down and sunlight and water and dirt. But you weren’t. You and your body/lover/dance partner can glide and eat and drink and touch and move and… breathe.
Walk. Touch things. Lift things. Move your feet and legs and arms. Your body dances with you. Always your body dances with you. Isn’t it wonderful? It’s practically a miracle.
It is a blessing to be born in a human body.
Whenever you remember, remember your body as a lover—as your dance partner. Dancing together in the physical world. Dancing together through this incarnate life.
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