The relaxation and the saturation in the experience of different qualities of joy, contentment, safety, strength, resiliency in the body are so essential to healing. Saturation means you steep in it like you would steep a bag of tea to get the full flavor.
Contemporary neuroscience says that our brains are hardwired to be Velcro to bad experiences and Teflon to good experiences. This is just one part of it though. This is the old brain. There are other parts of ones’ consciousness that can be trained and cultivated to steep in the essences of who we truly are. We all know how is it to wallow in depression or jealousy, but what about just wallowing in joy and delight and enthusiasm. It is a practice of not just expanding the heart, but really coming home and having these be the residents of this body. When we feel relaxed in our body, meaning the perineum between our genitals and anus, is open like a flower, there arises many possibilities of experiencing and sensing life anew.
When we open those faucets, joints, hinges in ourselves, we open to the whole universal transmission. It’s all here. Blessings are always here. It’s doesn’t go anywhere. The only problem is how to access IT. Do you know when your faucets and hinges are jammed shut? Know that you have a choice to have them be open. You have an opportunity, no a duty to your self, to live a freer, easier and more graceful life. It might take some practice. You are learning another habit, and just like any skill, it takes practice to make it come easier.
The degree of relaxation is like a lens. If the lens is narrow and blurry, then the vision is the same. However, when the lens is clear and clean, the experience of life is also refreshing. You are giving yourself another experience. Stretch it. It’s really okay to feel good!! Then feeling good becomes a resource for you. It becomes your baseline. It becomes your container to be able to be with all the hard places. Remember that energy is either flowing or congealed. Play with it. Allow it to dance its many dance. Don’t assume that there is only one kind of dance.
We live in a time and culture that is very rapid, and multi-tasking is the king. I had a client complained of not having time because he likes to do many things one after the other. I simply reminded him that he chose that. He could have chosen to have 5 or 10 minutes doing no external action, maybe just waiting. Perhaps being with boredom, or the light changing, or maybe the unexpected. What do you choose? The choices we make create the conditions and environments of lubrication or dryness in our physio-psycho systems. Are you for fast food or something more nourishing like bone broth soup that had been simmered for hours at a time? How familiar are you with the texture of butter or cream in your internal system? This is what is saturation.
In Chinese medicine, digestion has four parts. There is the ingesting, the digestion, the taking/absorption of nourishment and the excretion of waste. First you have to eat good food. But even if you eat the best food, but your system doesn’t know how to absorb the nutrition, what good is it? How much information do you take into your life, that it simply becomes stimulation, without its essence really being taken in to nourish your deepest needs and longings?
How much time do you have in your life to simply luxuriate in the gifts you’ve received? Or are you the child in Christmas who just tears the gift wrappers ravenously one after the other, without really taking in the gift? Do you stop and allow the mist to nourishment embraced your very being? Not rushing to the next appointment of the next best thing, but simply arriving and landing here and now. When I finish touching a client on the table, I always ask them to slowly stand up when they are ready, and simply land in standing. Simply land! I stand behind them and take my energy self at a distant so that the field is simply theirs to experience as themselves. In this simply landing, they have the opportunity to give themselves the gift of being in this new reorganization! The session did not end with my retrieval of my hands from their bodies. Their transition from lying down to standing is crucial to self-development. Transitions are extremely important. Life is simply one transition after another. Doing transitions well is doing life well. Transition is change. Change is life. How do we receive transition or change determines how we receive life?
My name is Kathrina Peterson and I invite you to participate in this forum around awareness and movement. I have been a Buddhist meditator for over 20 years and have been exploring in depth what it means to develop as a human being: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is my passion, both on a personal and a professional level. I welcome you to share thoughts around what it means to be awake.