“My body is the dance of the universe”
When I’m having a “go ahead, make my day” kind of encounter, I know it’s me, myself and I that need the lubrication and not the other person. Like the end of a long day when I’ve been cut off, cut down and cut up about every hour and here comes that last (and least suspecting) sales person who lets me know that my debit card isn’t working right as I’m trying to get home with food for the shortly arriving guests. My trusty, shoot from the lips, weapon is at hand and I really want to bring it out and give him both barrels. These days I’m less likely to do so and I sit here today pondering “what’s changed?”.At times life has seemed so full of friction that I believed I was going to combust. It actually felt normal to lapse into that state – a fiery presence who wanted to lash out and inflict pain and punishment on anyone who comes near, but especially those who “deserve it”. I can still remember those days that were filled with righteous anger, justified resentments and retaliatory plans. I was consumed – ruled by my thoughts and memories of the events. I thought I needed the oblivion of my addictions to ease the imagined pain of my perceptions: alcohol, food, sex, work, shopping – all of the patterns of my forgetting and blocking-out my emotions through sensual stimulation.
I don’t know exactly how I arrive into a new state of mind where I don’t see these “frictional events” so negatively and personally, but I am loving the experience. A friend recently asked me “How’s your spirit today?”. I didn’t even think very much about my immediate response: “It’s resting lightly on me today”.
In that answer “resting lightly on me” I meant that I consider myself to be more than my body, mind or emotions. I know that I am more essentially a spirit having a human experience and that I can choose my response to all of the events of my life. Today it’s something I call my awareness that goes beyond me and gives me the freedom to choose. The little boy that was hurt and the man who was a victim are no longer calling the shots at the pool table. Instead, they’re given a spot in the back of the gallery to watch and learn and the time to heal.
If you’ve ever played a Tibetan singing bowl you know that the friction of the wand along the outside edge as you circumnavigate it will cause the bowl to resonate to a beautiful pitch. The vibration is caused by the friction and is a result of the atoms and their crystal lattice coming into a harmonic state. Even when you take the wand away, the bowl continues to resonate with harmonic patterns for quite a while.
I think that my state of mind today is generally like that singing bowl and I love it when I get to sing. Deepak Chopra says “… just saying, My body is the dance of the universe, is one of the most important thing you can say to yourself. … The body is ultimately just vibration, and the vibration of the body has to match the vibrations that make up the universe.” – Power Freedom and Grace.
Frictional events are more like the wand helping me to hum and jiggle in response to life rather than feel like I was stepping on incendiary devices throughout the day. It really is like “being in the world, not of the world” when I just let my spirit be the soft edge, resting lightly, that feels and enjoys the rub of the wand and let’s me sing and dance in sympathetic vibration. What would the world be like if we all had that kind of edge?
Narayan, May 2011
“The buddhas surely do sing and dance. To sing and dance is surely profound practice.
By practicing profound song and dance, we reach enlightenment – how amazing!”
~ Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche