Lightly child, lightly

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Take the piano teacher, for example. He always says, Relax, relax. But how can you relax while your fingers are rushing over the keys? Yet they have to relax. The singing teacher and the golf pro say exactly the same thing. And in the realm of spiritual exercises we find that the person who teaches mental prayer does too. We have somehow to combine relaxation with activity…

The personal conscious self being a kind of small island in the midst of an enormous area of consciousness — what has to be relaxed is the personal self, the self that tries too hard, that thinks it knows what is what, that uses language. This has to be relaxed in order that the multiple powers at work within the deeper and wider self may come through and function as they should.

In all psychophysical skills we have this curious fact of the law of reversed effort:

the harder we try, the worse we do the thing.

~ Aldous Huxley, The Divine Within


Credits:

  • Image Source: Anka Zhuravleva (via Ishtyaks)
  • Quote Source: Brain Pickings
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

Comments

  1. find your balance and just float.

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  2. As a singer, I know the difficulty of having to relax and yet doing a major workout with the diaphragm muscles. To take a deep breath should require no more effort than sniffing a rose, but it can only be done that way if your diaphragm provides “solid ground” sufficient to support that rose’s roots.

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  3. Now that’s the truth!

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  4. Christie says:

    At times we must relax, yield to the flow…much happens during ease…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. It’s so true. Put the Monkey-Mind to sleep.

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