Awaken the Giant Within

Making friends with your mind and body is your first, best step to harmonious living

Awaken the giant withinIn the tense times we now live in, it is very rare to find a person who doesn't have a physical discomfort or emotional blockage. We all know the feeling: there is nothing wrong. But, something is not right either. We miss a sense of wellbeing - that "humming" relationship between the body and mind.

Now doctors and scientists recognise that there is a deep correlation between the body and mind - nearly half of our physical ailments are stress-related. How we deal with this connection can profoundly affect our overall health and happiness.

Psychologists tell us that the thin layer of the conscious mind that intellectually understands something represents only about one-tenth of our reality. The unconscious layers of the mind are much more dominant, and they can overwhelm us if we're not in touch with them.

Taking this power of the unconscious into account, Osho has revived an ancient Tibetan method of listening and talking to your body-mind. He gave a title that is rather mouthful but significant: Reminding Yourself of the Forgotten Language of Talking to Your Body and Mind. The workable title is Body-Mind-Balancing. It is a guided meditation which helps people learn how to use the body-mind connection to support their health and wellbeing.

The process itself is an invitation to do nothing. It is all about making friends with your body. Just a shift in your gestalt changes your relationship with your body.

All that you have to do is just lie back and listen to one of our soothing meditative music tracks, and a soft silky female voice giving you suggestions that take you into a deep, relaxed space. You go sinking into the unknown depths of your unconscious which is so rejuvenating that you feel refreshed and energised. Every time you hear it, your energy is restored. It is an hour-long process which is best done early morning, or before going to bed.

Lose weight by talking to your body

Body-Mind-Balancing can be used for anything that is out-of-balance in the body-mind complex, whether it is a weight problem, digestive issues [especially constipation], aches or pains, tensions and restlessness - even a bad habit. It also makes us less anxious. We all know that fear creates tension. What many of us haven't realised is that the reverse is also true: tension creates fear. So, the more we can learn to relax, the less anxiety we have. We sleep better, and this, in turn, supports our sense of wellbeing.

The process of balancing and becoming friends with our body-mind can trigger a wider view of how we live our lives. We begin to notice whether what we are doing is healthy and nourishing - in our eating and other habits as well as the way we manage our work and personal lives.

Ultimately, it helps us not only to appreciate what a marvellous instrument our body-mind is, but also emerge with a whole new understanding of ourselves - the multifaceted miracle we are... as we are.

Message in the Battle: Listen to Pain

This is no miracle. Simply understanding the amazing mechanism of the body is all you need to know its message.

The body is a wonderful source of wisdom. It knows exactly what it needs and is constantly giving us helpful messages. But, deafened by the barrage of TV and other media assaulting our senses, we have forgotten how to listen to it. So, it resorts to stronger language to get our attention - starting with simple headaches and other pains and progressing to migraines, troubled sleep, accidents and chronic disturbances, particularly in the back and stomach.

Pain is a misunderstood brain-message mapped in the body. The unconscious is trying to convey you something by giving this pain. If you refrain from taking a pain-killer and listen to the pain instead, you can slowly decode the message and connect with the wisdom of the unconscious.

The Osho meditation track, cited elsewhere, also shows you how to listen to the body again and begin to heal old discomfort and pain.

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Amrit Sadhana
Amrit Sadhana, a long time Osho meditator, is editor Osho Times International. A member of the management team, she also writes for various magazines propagating the Osho vision, and conducts workshops and self-development courses. She lives in the Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune.

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