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Mark Foote

Post title:  Feeling to the Surface of the Skin

(Jun 14 2012 at 12:23 PM)



I did reply to humbleone's request for more description of the practice with a recap of the science of referred sensation, meaning that allopathic medicine uses the presence of numbness on the surface of the skin to locate pinched nerve exits along the sacrum and spine. I offered that in my experience, the ability to feel to the surface of the skin of the entire body is related to the ability of consciousness to occur freely in three dimensional space with respect to the senses, and in fact it's my belief that as a part of natural well-being, the two respirations utilize the place of occurrence of consciousness to open feeling to the surface of the skin.

I don't know if my recap and experience helped humbleone to find the movement of mind or not, but I know it helps me.

Here's an interesting bit from Shunryu Suzuki's lecture on Whole Body Zazen, from

"You may say that your mind is practicing zazen and ignore your body, the practice of your body. Sometimes when you think that you are doing zazen with an imperturbable mind, you ignore the body, but it is also necessary to have the opposite understanding at the same time. Your body is practicing zazen in imperturbability while your mind is moving."

I think it's easiest to experience letting go of the place of occurrence of consciousness as a part of falling asleep, and if you've ever trained yourself to recall dreams, you will probably catch sight of the mind that moves in the same manner one of these early mornings.

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