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An Exercise in Reflexive Contemplation

Sorry I haven’t written in such a long time.  Recently, I admonished my cousin, who is a painter.  He was experiencing painters block, and couldn’t seem to paint a stroke.  I told him that if he wanted to be a painter, and he wanted to eat, he needed a pick up the brush and paint something.  See there!  When you point your finger at someone, three fingers point back to you.

So, I wrote this early this morning, and didn’t know what else to do with it, so I’m posting it on my personal development blog.

Don’t you just love the title?

Remove yourself from distractions. Set yourself up for about half an hour. You may want to set a timer, but one with a pleasant alarm.
Get comfortable. It really doesn’t matter if you are sitting, or standing, or lying, or hanging upside down, as long as you are comfortable. However, keep in mind that it is better to remain awake during the entirety of this exercise.
Relax. Quickly survey your body. If you find any tension, fix it. If for some reason you can’t fix it, do the best you can with it, and continue with the exercise.
Take a deep breath, and hold it for just a second. Let it rush out as you exhale, then breath normally.
Your breath is your constant companion. It is with you always. It is your friend, and helper. Don’t go into your head and try to find breath at this time, just admire it working. Your breath is an excellent craftsman. It is able to take a complex task, and make it appear simple. Your breath is a genius. Observe the simplicity of its function from your vista, but with your eyes closed.
As you observe your breath in this way, count its repetitions by 9s three, or four times; five times if you feel like it.
As you near the end of counting the repetitions of your breath, move your attention to your toes. One way of doing this is to imagine you have a flash light, and you slowly shine the beam from your chest down to your toes.
Now, imagine that you are suspended comfortably above a pool of calm, clear, luke warm liquid. This pool of liquid is actually air that has the consistency of water, and possesses other special qualities. If you are a little too cold, you may want to imagine the liquid being warmer. If you are a little too warm, you may want to imagine the liquid being a little cooler.
You slowly immerse into the pool, starting with your toes. The liquid is soothing to your skin. Where your skin goes through the liquid there is a slight glow and it tickles just a little. You can see the ripples you’ve made from being immersed roll off into the distance till they are too small to see from where you are, but still moving. The parts of your body that have passed through the surface and into the pool are now weightless.
If you come to a part of your body that is unhappy for some reason, say this to it, “I know you want my attention right now, and I would like to give it to you, but I’m very busy with something else at the moment. I’ll get back to you.” Don’t fib to your body parts; revisit the issue later.
You are immersed past your toes, and they are relaxed in weightless suspension. You immerse past your feet and your ankles, and they are relaxed in weightless suspension. You immerse past your calves, and your knees, and your thighs, and your hips, and your waist, and they are relaxed in weightless suspension. You immerse past your abdomen and your chest up to the nap of your neck and throat, and they are relaxed in weightless suspension … don’t forget about your back. You immerse past your neck and throat, past your chin, you lips, your nose, your ears and eyes, your forehead, and your scalp, and you continue to sink in relaxed, weightless suspension under the surface of the pool another foot, or so.
Take a moment to enjoy the sensation of the weightlessness of your entire body in this pool of liquid.
Bring your attention to the area in front of your face. The liquid that is caught up in the draw of your breath becomes energized by the movement, and glows with a bright, white aura. You are inhaling bright, white light, which goes through the exchange process in your lungs. What you exhale is sooty, and grainy, and dark. It is heavier than the liquid, so it instantly sinks away from you, and disappears below you, and is carried away and diluted in currents traveling off into the far distances of the Cosmos.
Follow a stream of this light into your chest as you inhale. It is very bright, and full of energy, and excitement. Observe as thousands, and thousands of little workers in your lungs eagerly absorb this light, and take on its aura. Watch them scurry to pass this light on to blood cells waiting in line to be restocked. Watch as the blood cells themselves become brightened with the aura of the light passed on to them. They, too, become eager, and excited, and rush off to pass this light on the cell they’ve been assigned to refurbish. You can hear the cells of your lungs and your blood cells begin to hoot, and holler enthusiastically … but no fighting, they are all very disciplined and organized organisms. You can detect the same enthusiasm coming from all the cells in all of your system, each excited at the prospect of receiving their light.
Ultimately, every cell in your body has been infected with brightness, and your person becomes a glowing aura. Getting to this point may take some practice. However, when you get to that point, stay that way till the end of the exercise.
When the time comes for the exercise to end, don’t just snap out of it. Slowly open your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths, and reflect for a minute or two on this very pleasant experience. Then, go take care of the rest of your day.
This exercise is contemplative as opposed to meditative in nature. The ego remains engaged, for the most part, and the participant encourages dynamic mental activity. In meditation we shuck away the ego, and think of nothing. However, this exercise does have a number of meditative qualities, and, thereby, is prone to glitches experienced during meditation … namely, unwanted thoughts.
You may experience impatient, mean, vain little thoughts that may climb up on the stage of your mind and demand your attention right now. They say they can’t wait.
Too bad. Tell them to take a number, and wait their turn. You are busy, and if the issue is pressing enough, you will take care of it soon. These thoughts are nothing more than your ego trying to regain full control of your consciousness. Your ego thinks it cannot survive without your full and constant attention. Disengage … ‘take a number, sit down, and wait your turn, I’m busy.’
You may find it useful to develop a mental mechanism for dealing with these thoughts. Many old mediators conjure up the image and likeness of Jesus, or Buddha, or some other religious figure to engage these thoughts, and have them take their places to wait their turns. Personally, I can’t do that. If I did, the way my imagination and sense of humor works, I would wind up distracted by a South Parkish episode unfolding in my head. If you are like me, you will need to develop a non-authority figure to assume this duty. I use a pimple faced, squeaky voiced kid in the guise of a theater usher carrying a flash light, and dressed in a monkey suit, wearing a monkey hat, complete with a monkey chin strap. If the thoughts don’t cooperate, the kid says he’ll need to go get the manager … and since I’m the manager, I’ll be really irritated if I get interrupted … and since I am my own ego, these thoughts that think they want my attention right away tend to sit back down, and shut up.

Till next time, remember, you are spectacular.

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  1. 2013/08/23 at 12:48

    Highly descriptive blog, I loved that a lot. Will there
    be a part 2?

    • 2013/08/24 at 20:14

      Thank you for your input Green Star Juice Extractor Review. I’ve not been writing much lately, but I may try to put something together.

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