Keeping it Honest

In sitting practice, there are many ways for awareness to play tricks with itself. We may imagine that the seeing is with more depth and clarity than it is. We can play tricks with ourselves in staying caught up in the content of awareness in many subtle and less subtle ways. And there is often not so clear and immediate feedback, unless we are working closely with an experienced teacher.

In Breema bodywork, there seems to be less room for these tricks. It keeps us honest. If I am not present – if awareness is caught up in its content, in sensations, fantasies, memories, hopes/fears, thoughts, ideas – there is clear and immediate feedback. It is humbling, and keeps the cup empty if we allow it to work on us. If we relate to it with sincerity.

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