Reflections: The body in silence
To be powerful we have to know and to know is to know oneself, and to know oneself is to know the body and its secrets.
The body, a treasure of knowledge, information and wisdom holds the secrets of life, past, present and future. It is in the reality of the body that life’s experience is encoded. It is the wealth of our universe waiting to be discovered and honored on all levels of our being.
Inside the body resides sixty trillion cells, each cell has a membrane that acts as a skin around its cytoplasm content. The membrane has the ability to perceive environmental cues and act accordingly for its survival through receptor and effectors proteins. Each cell belongs to a community of cells that has a function. Each community of cells communicates with other communities of cells in harmony, so as to continue the survival, protection and growth of the whole organism. There is an entire world of organization and communications and never-ending cycles of life and death in each moment. We can find armies and defenders in the immune system, communicators through hormone secretions, garbage collectors, food suppliers, and peacemakers, local and central control organization to name a few. Each cell is a living, breathing body, a mirror image of a human body. It is a sentient being that has its own skin, its own mind, consciousness, awareness, genetic material and the ability to make decisions moment-by-moment. Each cell is giving and receiving from the environment and serving the harmonious whole.
Knowing this tremendous treasure, this mirror into the intelligence of creation, how can we approach the body and how we can learn from the body?
Through silence and awareness, in quiet time of contemplation, we listen deeply to its constant communication with us. With a mind that is present, important communication can be perceived and learned from.
Coming into the body with reverence and quiet mind we come to know ourselves with depth that is immeasurable. We come to know in wonder and respect the whole mystery of creation. We come to know happiness, pleasure and pain. We come to know the wisdom and intelligence that underlies the physical universe. We come to know the laws governing the universe. We come to know life force and its powers. In that knowledge lies our power.
Meditation: Lying down on your back, legs long, hands beside the body, feel the contact with the floor. Which parts feel heavy, light, cold, warm, hard, soft? Let the breath come in and notice where it goes and how it moves in the body. Now choose one part of the body to listen deeply to and stay there for a while. Gently ask this part to communicate with you, feel its movement, and sense the inside of its structure.
Any new sensation, insight, discovery?