the Wisdom of the Body
Finally, this week we will begin to explore why we spend so much time in the field of the body in meditation. The body can be a source of many things: pain and pleasure, birth and death, health and illness … the list goes on. The body is a play (lila as spoken in sanskrit) of these opposites of experience, truly a dance of that which is always changing. When we embody this dance and its vibration, perhaps there are moments we drop beneath the appearance of opposites, and we deepen into the unchanging essence of Being … Being that is complete, whole, perfect and timeless.
As much as we may try, we cannot think our way into this experience, we arrive by feeling and sensing our way into what already is and has always been here. Please don’t take this as your truth. I offer it to you as an exploration, so that you can recognize Truth in your own way. If you are able to think yourself into this unchanging experience, please share it with me. As a student, my intention is to remain open and curious. I will continue to share some reflections and guidance on exploring the realm of the body in future posts.
For now, I leave you with some words from Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.
“Do not turn away from the body, for within that symbol of impermanence, limitation, and death … is concealed the splendor of your essential and immortal reality. Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the Truth, for it is nowhere to be found but within your body.
Do not fight against the body, for in doing so you are fighting against your own reality. You are your body. The body that you can see and touch is only a thin illusory veil. Underneath it lies the invisible inner body, the doorway into Being, into Life Unmanifested. Through the inner body, you are inseparably connected to this unmanifested One Life – birthless, deathless, eternally present.”