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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Question: I like the meditation, but sometimes find it hard to sit still: itching all over and wanting to scratch.
Allow it - don't be worried about it . Scratch and just scratch very consciously .Move slowly.Don't do it. { with a rapid rubbing movement } Go very slowly, very consciously.
Then the meditation will not be disturbed at all. It is disturbed always by mechanical acts.
 Meditation is never  disturbed by activity .It is disturbed by mechanical activity .
For example  there is something in scratching that you can do mechanically, not paying any attention to it. But pay total attention to it .If the body wants to sway a liitle, sway  but very consciously. Bring all consciousness to it and then do it.Then there is no distraction .
 So don't resist  and don't fight with it , otherwise you will be concerned with it .A  very ordinary itch can become something  very big, out of all proportion.And  the more  you want to  avoid it, the more it attracts you. Then it becomes almost impossible to avoid it and and you feel a defeat. You are distracted  already  because your mind is resisting  fighting, and you have become divided in two. One part is trying to pull you to the itch,  another part is pulling you away. Meditation is already lost.
So when the itch is there , take note that your hand wants a little attention. Take  note and then  very slowly go to it - and you will be surprised .Sometimes  even by the time  you have reached it , it has disappeared - because it was just a trick of the body to attract your attention.There was nothing .

The body works like a small child. It constantly  attracts you : where are you going ? What are you doing?  Meditation ? That feels like  competition for the body and  the body starts feeling  jealous . You have been wed to the body  for so long that when you  start having a affair  with meditation  or something , the body starts feeling jealous. It is a women. It says ' I won't  allow you  this easily. Come here !  You have always been listening to me. Now what are you doing? Trying to escape from my domination, from  my possessiveness ? I will show you .!
 So it creates troubles- and  those are stupid troubles, but they can become  very irritating .
And the work is done - if you  are fighting, you  have been attracted already.
Your attention has been distracted. So don't fight  with the body.There is no need.
When the body wants your attention, give it total attention  but go very slowly, and meditatively .
And meditation is helping you , so continue doing it...

Namaste Janis

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