KHTK 5A: STILL BODY

August 27, 2014
This issue is now obsolete. For latest references please see: KHTK Mindfulness. The specific reference that updates this issue is Mindfulness in Breathing.
This was part of a basic series of essays, which started this blog. These essays were later revised and the original versions were deleted. However, these essays were then added back to maintain a complete record.

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The first four essays in this series describe the basic “KHTK” approach. Subsequent essays cover the application of this “KHTK” approach to various aspects of life.

The present essay provides detailed exercises where one applies the “KHTK” approach to the subject of the body more deeply.

In the first exercise you observe the activities in a still body. You start by looking at the breathing in the body. Then you expand that awareness to the activities in the whole body. Maintain the KHTK approach meaning, observe without interfering. Do not add any thoughts. Do not expect anything to happen. Do not resist.

Exercise 5-1

LOOK AND EXPERIENCE THE ACTIVITIES IN THE BODY WITHOUT ADDING THOUGHT OR RESISTANCE.

1.    Make sure that the environment is comfortable, and that you won’t be interrupted during this exercise.

2.    Sit in a comfortable position such that no body part is under tension or strain. Let the body be still. NOTE: If the body moves on its own then let it move. Don’t resist it.

3.    Start the exercise by becoming aware of breathing in the body. Do not add any thoughts. Do not resist. Simply experience the breathing.

4.    Observe the breath going in and out. Do not attempt to control the breath. Let your body breathe by itself.

5.    Keep alert. If a thought arises in your mind then simply notice it for what it is, and continue. Don’t attempt to suppress it. You may be distracted by such thoughts, but as you persevere the condition will improve.

6.    Let the body accomplish breathing without you doing it. If it is a long breath let it be a long breath. If it is a short breath let it be a short breath.

7.    Let the awareness expand to the whole body. You may become aware of beating of the heart, digesting of the food, etc., in addition to breathing.

8.    Do not resist the attention getting absorbed into some thought or experience. When you realize that your attention had gotten absorbed, you put it back on breathing as in step 3 above.

9.    You may become aware of the filters you are looking through as covered in KHTK # 4. Simply continue with this exercise without adding any thoughts. Do not resist.

10. This exercise takes a lot of practice. Use every little break for practicing. You have to live it as much as possible. Upon continual practice of this exercise you may gain the knowledge and awareness that the body exists and you can live unattached.

 

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