What we want flees from us, like customers in retreat from a calculating and over-rehearsed salesman. The strategy of an ascending consciousness is simply this: Welcome what comes. Say “yes” to what is.
Wanting change prevents change. Change happens when we stop wanting. The essential thing is to investigate wanting, to enter the home of insecurity and introduce yourself to the tenant.
Here, then, is the great challenge—to think when thought is required, not to think when thought is not required.
All that is required to meet the challenge is an understanding of it.
Military posture is not good posture. Our spine is naturally curved, not ramrod straight.
The human head weighs fifteen pounds, give or take. It is supported by a complexity of ligament and bone. It rests, like a ball on a pole, on the uppermost point of the cervical spine.
When we consult a cellphone, the head falls forward. Repetitive slumping turns us C-shaped. The neck develops a compensatory musculature, a pronounced thickness extending from the base of the skull to the top of the back. We lose the ability to breathe diaphragmatically. Our internal organs are forced to function in an ever-diminishing space.
See how children walk, how regal they are. Good posture requires no effort. Old age is bad posture.
The first rule of the dance is to move with what happens.