It sounds easy, right? Simply tune in for a few seconds, a few minutes and let Natural Rest grow in our lives. Relax the forehead and breathe. Focus on the present moment. These skills are simple to learn. So why do many of us find this so difficult?
We all have our go-to strategies for escaping the present moment but why do we need them? What is behind the compulsion to distract ourselves? Some of the ‘why’ is based on momentum and habits. The speed and stimulation built in to our culture can leave us feeling bored when we have a few minutes to ourselves. Our brains get addicted to adrenaline and other hormones.
There is a built-in dissatisfaction that comes from comparing ourselves with an ideal version of ourselves and our lives. We’ll never measure up to that, further proof there is something wrong with us. It’s helpful to inquire into that, to see images of your ideal and notice the sensations that are Velcroed with that.
The Living Inquiries are a direct method of working with this pervasive feeling there is something wrong or defective. On some level, we all know there is nothing wrong with us, that we did the best we could. Yet we continue to be triggered by deficiency stories. This craving for more and the seeking for something else isn’t just entertainment and hormones. We can feel a desperate need to escape the sick feeling there is something wrong with us, our bodies, choices, and lives.
It is useful to see the mechanism of the mind and how it plays out, creating a train of beliefs and contraction. We’ve all had uncomfortable or traumatic experiences and these are accompanied by words, images and body sensation. With repetition, over time these stick together. The sensation or a sound or a tone of voice can trigger us then we re-traumatize ourselves by hopping on the train. The Living Inquiries really help with dissolving the Velcro, allowing us to witness or observe the process of being triggered. Seeing this gives us freedom and opens up choices.
It is powerful to be present with pure sensation or energy in the body. Does it feel threatening to feel that? Does the sensation itself have a feeling of bad intention? Is it here to hurt us? When we sense that, we can look at images and words that come up until we’re once again sitting with pure sensation, without the words and pictures.
Is there an automatic assumption that something that feels uncomfortable or painful is bad? Wrong? That it shouldn’t be here? That we need protection from it? Now that’s an interesting inquiry!