LIVING WITH PAIN – a permanent exercise in Body Awareness

Awareness is a challenging phenomenon, methinks. I put it into ‘3D’ as many of my philosophical thoughts and scientific concepts:

  • awareness of Self, Other and the Universe,
  • and of Body, Mind and Spirit in ourselves.

Over time, awareness becomes consciousness. This consciousness is our eternal self that chooses our life before we are born, as Hermann Hesse writes so beautifully in The Life that I once chose for myself.

In body, mind and spirit, awareness oscillates between observing pain and pleasure, struggle and excitement, anguish and inspiration.

Physical pain has been my permanent reminder since January 1973. One of its ‘accompaniments’ has been that pain is invisible. But people ‘believe’ it when I use crutches, or lately walking sticks.

But unless people have experienced pain themselves, it seems hard to imagine what it feels like to be nerved by pain, to anticipate it, to be reminded by the many places in the body than can hurt…

Do we need a life of pain to feel and BE alive? It seems so. My wonderful friend Belinda McKenzie was given a poem by her Iranian husband that children are taught about life being a battle field.

Maybe what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger no matter by whatever pain!?… This wonderful article reminds us that it helps us add deeper meaning to our life!

Towards Christmas 2012 and the New 2013: personal is professional and political

12 12 10 ChristmasBikram Yoga continues to be at the core of my activities. But the stillness while the heart is beating in between postures is not enough to make sense of the world I see from my experiences.

I need more time for reflection and expression of thoughts and feelings, as Christmas is approaching. What a blessing that the web offers us everything we’d ever might have wished to find in a library – right now, right in my laptop.

There is a brilliant 2-minute history of our planet, mankind and where we’re at on this video. And a remarkable Shift Happens about where technology may take us…

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