Synchronizing the mind and the body – that’s not just a concept, it’s not just a random technique, invented by somebody, or an idea. It’s more of a basic principle of human being and existence, it’s a way of developing and existing at a higher level.
Imagine your body as a camera and your mind as the lens inside. Now the question is how do we use them together? When the focus of the lens and the aperture of the diaphragm are properly connected, you get pictures of a very high standard. Similarly, when the body and the mind are synchronized, you acquire a strong perception and a feeling of no doubt. You do not feel hesitation, anxiety nor frustration.
When we meditate we are practicing this synchronization of the body and mind. We are stepping into the present moment, giving us a chance to listen to our minds and be aware of what is happening inside and outside of us. Often our mind is ahead of our body, or our body is ahead of our mind. We regularly escape the present moment and find our minds in the past or the future, fantasizing and daydreaming.
When we meditate we are bringing our mind into our body, and our body into our mind.
This whole process is connected to how we are synchronized with the world around us and how we operate in it. There are two stages that we can call “to look” and “to perceive”.
To look is your first reaction and if you have doubts, then your looking can be unstable and precarious. You start looking and then you feel hesitation and worriness because you don’t trust your vision. Sometimes you would want to close your eyes because you don’t want to see. But the whole thing is to look, to look rightly, to look at the color, no matter if its red, blue, green or purple. Just to look at it and accept it as it is. It is your world, your enjoyment. Look without hesitation.
Then the second stage will come. The more you look, the more curious you will get and the more you would like to see. The process of seeing is not limited because you are a real human being, emotional, who has nothing to lose, nothing to fight with. You can look more and then you can see something beautiful. You can feel the warmth of the red color, the coolness of the blue one, the freshness of the green one, the richness of the purple one, all of them together. You will sincerely perceive the surrounding world. This will be a stunning discovery of the world. You would want to explore the whole universe.
Sometimes when perceiving the world, we digest it without using the language. We perceive it spontaneous. But sometimes when looking at the world we first come up with a word in our head and then we perceive it. In other words, in the first case, we see the world just as it is, without putting an etiquette around it, and in the second we use our judgment, we say what the world is. I believe we have to see the world directly, just the way it is, without judging it or trying to define it. This is the synchronization of the body and mind. To see the world directly, without using the language.
This is necessary not because of disrespect towards language itself, but because our internal dialogue sometimes becomes bubbling. You see, when we look at something, our natural reaction is to judge it, to define it. We form opinions and conclusions that might be wrong. We create our own poetry and dreams, we talk with ourselves in our heads and we might blind ourselves.
On the other hand, when feeling that we can release the pressure and see the world directly, our perception can expand. You can see promptly and in a condition of awakening. Your eyes become wider and wider and you see that the world is so colorful, blooming and astounding, full of breathtaking wonders.
In such a way synchronizing the body and the mind is connected to the developing of fearlessness. By fearlessness, I don’t mean to be able to jump out of a rock or to put your finger in the fire. By it, I mean the ability to react to the world promptly. Using your sensual perceptions in absolute rightfulness to the outside world. This affects you as a person also. If by looking in the mirror you see yourself, your hair, your face, your clothes – you see that you belong to this world, you see that you have a special place here.
You begin to understand that you are worth to be here right now in this universe, to exist in it. You see that this world shows exceptional hospitality towards you.
This synchronization of the body and mind happens gradually. In the beginning, we need to overcome the illusion that we are our thoughts. Meditating, we are experiencing this interdependence and connectedness to all things around us. We feel that everything is connected. We begin to listen and go deep, then we start seeing the world the way it really is. Going on this journey holds great possibilities. Self-acceptance, authentic kindness to others and love towards nature are just the first steps towards this way of life.
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