Autism, Love, and Contemplation - 11oct22
Language does not easily lend itself to describing the neurodivergent experience, for it was composed by neurotypicals, for neurotypicals. And yet, there are some contemplations that could lend themselves to the profound complexity of an autistic brain. Especially if those ruminations are rhetorical and based upon assumptions: therapeutic and empowering.
Despite the state of one’s neocortex (Gordian-like in its tangles) all of us with lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spinal cords are literally wired to passively notice during each inhalation as well as viscerally relax and mentally release during each exhalation. Coordinating our intentions with these autonomic imperatives is the key to transformative contemplation and meditation.
Silently and mentally recite the following contemplations in harmony with your breathing, four rounds each:
FIRST – How could all bodies be… interdependent?
SECOND – Body interdependence… how could it be safe?
THIRD – Body interdependence… how could it benefit?
FOURTH – Body interdependence… what could it look like?
FIFTH – Body interdependence… what could it feel like?
SIXTH – How could all pleasure… be my pleasure?
SEVENTH – How could all pain… be my pain?
EIGHTH – How could all minds be… interdependent?
NINTH – Mind interdependence… how could it be safe?
TENTH – Mind interdependence… how could it benefit?
ELEVENTH – Mind interdependence… what could it look like?
TWELFTH – Mind interdependence… what could it feel like?
THIRTEENTH – How could all pleasure… be my pleasure?
FOURTEENTH – How could all pain… be my pain?
Now meditatively rest your mind passively, vulnerably, viscerally, and randomly with the words “Notice this… relaxing!”
Practice every twelve hours that you too could meditate like a Jedi!
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