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Excerpt from the Power of standing

When engaging in a standing meditative practice, bring your attention to the body and we simply observe how the body is right now. Sense the amplitude of bodily feeling. How does the body feel? With no agenda other than to increase your sense of balance. The body will naturally begin to relax when you find some equilibrium. Over time many problems connected to unnecessary tensions dissipate to the point where you can even reverse short and long standing myo-fascial tensions.There is really nothing for you to do except feel and relax and let go. The purpose of standing is to wake up nervous system and develop deep and natural breathing. Standing allows you the time to feel if you truly are on balance and discover for yourself how much appropriate tension you actually need to maintain uprightness. By being in a state of dynamic static balance you can accept tension and simply acknowledge it whilst resting in your standing posture.

The words relax and let go are very easy to articulate, intellectually we think we have an understanding which is only superficial. Gain and aspiraton to deepen your own connection to your internal environment and to really alow stillness and stability to naturally arise. This stillness is the void out of which movement arises.

When we stand it is an opportunity to be mindful in a felt sense way of our posture and balance. I refer to this as situational training. Often in everyday standing and sittingwe are off balance and tense either wasting or impeding energy. Using the term energy in this instance I am not talking esoterically but biologically. For example, having tension in and around the diaphragm and abdomen from poor posture means that certain groups of muscles use too much energy to compensate for muscles that are locked tight. The logic being that if we are in a better state of balance then we gain better circulation and we do not waste energy in our chosen life activity.

The implications for anyone who wants to engage in sport for example is that if you have a natural balanced posture as a base line then learning techniques is not a problem. Forcing technique is a poor way to engage in sport if you want to maintain health and performance. If you cannot stand well and integrate with your feet and the ground then when you move you will waste a tonne of energy and effort will be squandered.

When standing meditatively, relax but be careful not to fall into a dull state of awareness, that sleepiness arises due to energy imbalance, accept your state as it is right at this moment. This may not be pleasant. However remember what you are feeling is just what you are feeling and the first stage of relaxing and letting go is accepting what arises from internal observation.

I have observed a repeating phenomena that arises with internal practice and that is that you can stall in your practice simply because of the inner tensions that arise into conscious awareness that hitherto you have ignored or we are in denial about.

These inner tensions have become so ingrained neurologically and psychologically that we can feel an overwhelming need to move away from this stillness, because perhaps this uncomfortable feeling appears to us to be too strong, we use this as an excuse to not rest in balance.

CRC 2018

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