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When Meditation is Reduced to the Punching of a Time Card 22mar23




When first exposed

to the seven enlightenment factors

I was shocked

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that energy, joy, and tranquility

were prerequisites to enlightenment,

NOT its benefits;

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for those things felt

quite mysterious.

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I stumbled upon teachers

who taught me

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how those self-same attributes

are our physical bodies treasures

waiting to be unearthed.

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My Chinese, Vietnamese,

and Tibetan teachers

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taught of the influence

of facial expressions

upon emotions.

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My Japanese and Tibetan teachers

taught of the influence of posture

upon energy.

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My Thai, Vietnamese, and Tibetan teachers

taught the role physical relaxation

in serenity and balance.

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Western neuroscience revealed

the autonomic nervous system’s role

in our dance of mindfulness and meditation.

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My Chinese and Tibetan teachers taught

of mind’s dependence upon the body

and therefore the need

of food and rest.

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Are you lacking

in sleep, sunshine, fresh air, exercise,

and stimulation:

both mental and emotional?

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Ironically, dreary meditation

wakes us up

to needs - unmet,

and priorities - confused.

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For the test of the techniques

with which we play

is NOT their orthodoxy

BUT their pleasure.

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So fear NOT the dynamo of proper posture,

the joy of subtly grinning at your nose,

or the peace of physical relaxation. _/\_

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