Sunday, 1 June 2014

How to use The Force [Love]

Written by Tom Von Deck

People who develop mindfulness are pretty tough to mess with.

"Maybe you’ve discovered this before, after messing with the wrong person one time and learning a painful and heart opening lesson. Maybe it was the other way around.
Mindfulness is a powerful force that can be used for what many in metaphysical circles call “psychic self-defense.” It can be likened to a martial art that can transform any conflict or uncomfortable social situation into a catalyst for deep healing. It can also protect us from any harm a person can inflict if used properly.
First let me explain, in case some readers don’t know, what mindfulness is. Mindfulness is the art of being present with moment to moment experience as it arises into consciousness. This includes both pleasant and unpleasant emotions, thoughts, sensations and anything else that can be experienced.
When we’re not mindful, our breath is easily affected in difficult situations. When an experience is unpleasant, we may restrict our breathing to avoid feeling it. We may become reactive to a person because we fear experiencing difficult truths about ourselves.
In some cases, we might start a conflict because there is some truth about ourselves that the ego doesn’t want to experience and we project that quality onto the other person. We may even escalate a conflict because of resentment of our current experience with the person. We are much more vulnerable to the negativity coming from others.
With mindfulness, the breath is deep and free. During unpleasant situations, it remains unaffected. We are not burying any unpleasant information about ourselves. We are simply noting what is going on while still participating with what is going on. There is nothing to resent. Everything is just a set of processes happening in the moment, and we are joyfully embracing them whether we’re angry, sad or scared.

Most of the tension in our bodies comes from being unwilling to confront and experience something. There may be old wounds or feelings that the ego feels are best left untouched. Tension allows us to avoid experience.

Mindfulness allows us to open to experience and to shine the light of awareness on unresolved issues. A tension point in the body-mind is like a wall that creates separation instead of flow. Mindfulness breaks down these walls so that consciousness can start flowing. The less walls obstruct the flow, the more whole we become. There is less division in the body-mind.
Have you ever had a series of people treating you in a negative way? One of them leaves your life, and then another one pops up and treats you in the same way?
If this situation is in the past and no one’s bothering you in that way anymore, then maybe you notice that there was some tension you were holding then that doesn’t seem to exist now. There was some part of yourself that you finally “faced”, even if it was in gradual increments.
It may have taken years for you to get to that point where you finally cleared the issues that people and situations were exploiting. Mindfulness accelerates this process. It allows you to really heal yourself on a deep level and “kick some ass” at the same time.
Every interaction is an opportunity for healing.

In both peaceful and uncomfortable situations, when we heal long held tension and release it, we are actually helping the others to release their corresponding tension. In a tense situation, it is this that is going to bring a serious butt whoopin’ to the opponent while healing both ourselves and the opponent at the same time.
All of this works via subtle processes. There are very subtle processes that brought the two “opponents” (for lack of a better term) together in the first place.
There are always body sensations that come up when we’re dealing with people. Some are very pleasant, some are not very pleasant and some just plain spook us out.
One key to applying mindfulness is to embrace the experience that is happening inside us. This will provide clues about the subtle connection that is bonding us together at the moment and the tension we are holding.
Suppose your recurring problem is people talking over you all the time. Every time someone talks over you while you are attempting to speak, certain feelings come up.
By applying mindfulness, you are more acutely aware of the tension that you’ve been holding—the tension that leads to these experiences in the first place. These sensations are clues that point to what needs to be embraced and willfully experienced to break the cycle.
If you fear public speaking, feelings also come up when you walk up to the podium. You may be immobilized by the inability to embrace the experience fully.
There have been many cases when someone finally faced the experience and had a huge breakthrough. Not only did they become much more comfortable and loose onstage, but they released a whole lot of old tension that won’t stand in their way ever again. They felt much lighter after the breakthrough. This is the kind of thing we’re aiming for.
Paying attention to body sensations is an essential step to breaking negative recurring cycles. In the above examples, there is the experience the ego is resisting, and the resistance is always a form of tension. Let go of the tension, and the recurring unpleasant experience will disappear.
If the unpleasant situation is triggered by other people, then either those people will disappear or their underlying issues that lead to our pain will disappear. Whatever the case, we will not keep experiencing it if we let go of that tension, whether gradually or all at once.
The more you practice meditation, the greater your ability to transform all types of conflict into healing opportunities in any given moment. Your access to a spacious and all-embracing consciousness will become easier in each situation as time goes on.
First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
~ Matthew 7:5 English Standard Version
Jesus wasn’t saying that if you get rid of your own blemish, then you have a right to judge your brother. When you release your own tension, you’ll catalyze great healing in the other person and perhaps even force it without trying. After that, you may run into someone else who has the same problem. Instead of running into more problems, you are now in the position to help them overcome theirs.

Regular cultivation of mindfulness is the key to clearing the log and the speck.
If you’ve been spending time cultivating mindfulness, try putting some of these principles into practice. You may deepen your understanding of the link between meditation and martial arts.
Open up a can of whoop-ass and champion the cause of peace."
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