Movement Mind and Breath

In the fantastic book Job’s Body by Deane Juhan, I read (pg xxv):

Movement is the unifying bond between the mind and the body, and sensations are the substance of that bond.

Being a meditator of sorts, this brought to mind breath (of sorts, because, apparently, it was out of mind when what I described occurred  :).  Breath is perhaps the greatest deliberate tool for achieving meditative states.  What I’ve long found so powerful about breath as a tool for concentrating focus is how it is continuously moving.  It is a moving anchor.  Kind of like how a candle flame is a moving anchor.  Staring at something that is unmoving, especially in partial light, or continuous light is an exercise in flowing with the physiological goings-ons within the eyes, as lights and darks invert and cloudiness undulates about.  That is its own sort of meditation in/on pratyahara, or detachment from the senses.  Or like hearing blood flow in your ears to the exclusion of other sound.  Metasensing.

Kind of like exploratory writing, too.  [“Without focusing on the view, search for the observer! {Tibetan Book of the Dead, pg. 48}]

Breath is great because the movement of it ripples throughout the body and even back into its next instance.  Perhaps there are reverberations of our first breath?  Still?

Breath is great because while it is an instance of continuous movement, it isn’t superfluous, like kata or asana.  There is only one movement that we have to be involved in at each moment, and that is breath.

Breath is great because it serves as an organizational framework for the self.  As the breath moves through the body a characteristic pattern of sensations can be detected and cultivated.  Awareness of the expression of this pattern can be used not only to anchor a structured sense of self, but as a reflection of the self and a tool for evolving the pattern and form of the breath and the body.

Is there only one such moving anchor within our bodies?  There are many, but another likely candidate is our heart beat.  This muscle too moves continuously throughout our living.  I can actually feel it in there, sort of galumphing away, feeling just like it sounds on TV, seemingly a little behind and under my head-centered self.

I won’t dig too deep into that well, for the now.  A lot of responsibility, one’s beating heart.  But it sure is fun to (watch the) heart beat to breath.  Breathing to the heart beat is probably a doorway into the autonomic process (as speech was into breath?).

In other words, just as the mind organizes the rest of the body’s tissues into a life process, sensations to a large degree organize the mind.  They do not simply give the mind material to organize, they are themselves a major organizing principle. (ibid, xxvi)

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