Hello Embodied Souls of Wonder –
Context gives meaning to our experience. The canvas gives a particular field on which the paint is expressed. Silence is the space that holds and shapes sound. In other words, it is so very important to have a larger view that helps hold and deepen our specific experiences. Truly, one cannot happen without the other.
It is just as important to be able to dilate our attention out to open up to the larger field as it is to be able to focus in on a particular moment or activity. This is the natural pulse of life…expansion and contraction…and in yogic philosophy there is an understanding that they are simultaneous. We could also liken it to the wave and the particle of light happening together.
Sometimes it seems so much easier to just contract especially with things are difficult and unpleasant. Often when life gets hard we get hard in return…we tense, we lean forward, we harden our eyes, we hold our breath, etc. It seems we often over engage our front body. So practicing and finding ways to keep widening and opening is part of staying connected to a larger context and meaning. Which in turn gives us a bigger ground to stand upon when choosing how to respond to the moment. Our back body can actually help us soften and widen as we settle back a little, find a peripheral gaze, relax our tongue, and sense the space around us. This is a way we can find the context even as we engage in the specifics of our life.
And the paradox is that when we find our wide soft back there is a natural tone to the front… a tone of engagement and awareness rather than tension and aggression. So the invitation is find our strength and resilience in our vulnerability and softness. To tend to the context in order to give a deeper understanding and meaning to our endeavors.
Tending the context even as we engage in the content is so vital to our best functioning in a world that so desperately needs our wisdom, compassion and strength.
- Practice widening and softening your gaze as you walk down the street or hiking path; taking in the environment of people, building, plants and more. Let this inform how you move even as you continue towards a specific destination.
- Play with feeling the back of your body and the soles of your feet before your speak. And see if you can continue to tend those sensations as you continue to dialogue with another. Notice if there is any change to the way you communicate.
- Be curious about the context of your experience…keep dilating out even as you focus in.
- Book a Resiliency Session and we will explore the wisdom of your body and learn ways to respond to life from a wider perspective.
Being a Person
Be a person here. Stand by the river, invoke
the owls. Invoke winter, then spring.
Let any season that wants to come here make its own
call. After that sound goes away, wait.
A slow bubble rises through the earth
and begins to include sky, stars, all space,
even the outracing, expanding thought.
Come back and hear the little sound again.
Suddenly this dream that you are having matches
everyone’s dream, and the result is the world.
If a different call came there wouldn’t be any
world, or you, or the river, or the owls calling.
How you stand here is important. How you
listen for the next things to happen. How you breathe.
~ William Stafford