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a new life

You want to build a new life,
or a new world?
Then build your capacity
to pay attention
to your life force
and sensations.

Self-awareness is what frees and builds our energy
And how much energetic strength and freedom we embody,
is what determines our circumstances
and reality.

If we practice
tracking our sensations
with focused attention,
we’ll get stronger and freer,
and our circumstances
will slowly but surely
shift for the better.

Bali, January 15, 2012
Inspired by Dan Emmons
& Sandy Misage


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tuning in

First, I direct my attention within,
to my own being.

Like a sailor scanning the horizon
for anything worth noting,
I turn my gaze inward
and look around
for any feeling or sensation
that might be seeking my attention.

I am not on a mission to find anything.
I’m just looking.
If nothing comes to awareness right away,
I just take a breath.

But it rarely takes long
before something draws my attention:
a feeling of fullness in the belly,
general tiredness,
the steady beat of my heart,
the tidal rhythm of my breath,
a sense of tightness
or spaciousness
in the chest.

Tuning in is the most important thing.
Once I do, I am off
and sailing.

Tesa
Bali, 2011


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not my body?

Would you please
stop trying to convince me
that I am not my body!

Your invitation “to detach”
is driving me crazy.

If you enjoy hanging out
in the stratosphere
of pure awareness,
suit yourself.

But I’d rather connect
more deeply
with life on earth.

The oceans and trees are begging me
to unlearn centuries of duality
rooted in mental supremacy,
and this rotten idea that my body
is untrustworthy.

Detach from my body?
Sorry, that’s not for me.
I’m too busy uniting all parts of me,
feeling and deepening
my budding connection to all of life,
after centuries of insanity.

Take a look at our world
and see for yourself what happens
when we lose our ability to feel
the impact of our ideas and strategies
on ourselves and other species.
Our disconnected minds have run our bodies
and our planet into the ground.

How will we navigate our way out of this mess
without some bodily awareness?
We can’t tell what’s life-giving or deadening
if we distrust our feelings,
and can’t feel whether what we are doing
is contracting or expanding our energy.

I don’t want to detach from anything.
I’d rather connect with everything.
I’m nudging my mind to notice all I am feeling,
inviting my body to feel all I am thinking.
Bringing mind and body together,
feels like the long lost key to unity.

So, before you lecture me again
with your lofty ideas,
please read the sign on my door.

It says:

Do not disturb!

My mind and my body
are getting to know each other
intimately.

~ Bali, July 2011


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tuning in

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not my body?

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