Tuesday, 14 March 2017

In Praise of Keeping Still

During table work (in process of not moving a leg) in a lesson on 17th November 2001 asked about how one can work in this way in Zazen...

MB: When we're moving around we don't notice, but when we keep still after a while we begin to notice. 

Human beings are built to lengthen. 

MC: Are you interested in all the nuts and bolts of lengthening -- the anatomy of the spine, reflexes, et cetera?

MB: No, not a bit!

The problem is that we try to lengthen, to lengthen more than nature allows. 
That creates a strain, a pulling down. 

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