Reconnecting and learning to listen to your body while it is healthy.
For anywhere outdoors – in the sun, by a river, on a mountainside, in a forest, a park or in your own back garden.
It’s only when we are in touch with our hearts that we can feel contented and joyful. But usually we are not in contact with any aspect of ourselves unless it is in pain. It’s only a headache that makes us aware we have a head; a toothache makes us aware we have teeth. So only in ill-health do we tend to make contact with our bodies, not when we are feeling great.
The following is a way to make contact with your body when you are in good health, as a way of communing with it, of acknowledging and nourishing it. Try it anywhere outdoors in the sun, such as by a river, on a mountainside, in a forest, a park or in your own back garden.
Lie down on the grass and, with eyes closed, be aware of that feeling of wellbeing inside you. Or relax in a river, feeling the water playing over your body, enlivening every cell of your body, entering every pore with its coolness.
Sit in the sun and feel the sunrays warming you, entering your body and reaching even into your blood and your bones – welcoming the sense of life filling you. By and by you will feel that inside the body there is a subtle current running like music. Contacting this inner music you are in deep contact your body.
“It is just like this: a person who loves his car has a different type of contact and relationship with the car than a person who doesn’t. A person who doesn’t love his car goes on driving it and he treats it as a mechanism, but a person who loves his car will become aware of even the smallest change in the mood of the car, the finest change of sound. Something is changing in the car and suddenly he will become aware of it. No one else has heard it; the passengers are sitting there, they have not heard it. But a slight change in the sound of the engine, any clicking, any change, and the person who loves his car will become aware of it. He has a deep contact. He is not only driving, the car is not just a mechanism; rather he has spread himself into the car and he has allowed the car to enter him.
“Your body can be used as a mechanism; then you need not be very sensitive about it. And the body goes on saying many things you never hear because you don’t have any contact….
“So first try to be more and more sensitive about your body. Listen to it. It goes on saying many things, and you are so head-oriented you never listen to it. Whenever there is a conflict between your mind and body, your body is almost always going to be right more often than your mind, because the body is natural; your mind is societal. The body belongs to this vast nature, and your mind belongs to your society, your particular society, age, time. The body has deep roots in existence; the mind is just wavering on the surface. But you always listen to the mind; you never listen to the body. Because of this long habit contact is lost.
“You have the heart, and heart is the root, but you don’t have any contact. First start having contact with the body. Soon you will become aware that the whole body vibrates around the centre of the heart just as the whole solar system moves around the sun. Hindus have called the heart the sun of the body. The whole body is a solar system and moves around the heart. You became alive when the heart started beating; you will die when the heart stops beating. The heart remains the solar centre of your body. Become alert to it. But you can become alert, by and by, only if you become alert to the whole body.
“While hungry, why not meditate a little?– there is no hurry. While hungry just close your eyes and meditate on the hunger, on how the body is feeling. You may have lost contact, because our hunger is less bodily, more mental… Our hunger is almost ninety-nine percent habitual.
“First one has to become deeply aware of this phenomenon of the body. A revival of the body, a resurrection, is needed – you are carrying a dead body. Then only will you feel, by and by, that the whole body with all its desires, thirsts and hungers, is revolving around the heart. Then the beating heart is not only a mechanism; it is the beating of life; it is the very pulsation of life. That pulsation gives contentment and bliss.”
(Osho: Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi)