I thought I would do a little essay on resilience and tie it into “The Royal Song of Saraha”.
I am finding in my meditation practice that the following is true. As a habitual pattern, if I examine myself carefully, particularly in relation to the practice of resilience, I find that 98% of my energy is dedicated to freezing myself, to opposing resilience. To freezing myself so that energy and life do not flow naturally. Even if I gain a good bit of freedom in the areas of alignment and relaxation. Resilience seems to be a whole new level. If I really pay attention I can open up somewhat and gain some level of ease and freedom.
Will Johnson says that you cannot be resilient and be in your head. The whole point of the freezing is to create samsara.
I am amazed by the power and simplicity of this practice. Also, that’s it’s just taking alexander technique to the next level.
I owe a great deal to the work of Will Johnson, among others. I urge you to read a chapter of his on resilience from his book, "Aligned, Relaxed, Resiliant:.....".
This practice is prominent in Goenka and other buddhist schools in southwest asia as well as among some tibetans.
Essentially, this freezing is the core of ignorance and marigpa (unknowing). Unfreezing oneself and letting the life and resiliance flow is the same as rigpa (knowing).
It really simplifies things. It focuses the mind and really gets to the root of the issue. It just comes down to mindfulness and awareness. Confusion is dispelled. The mind/body rests easily, naturally.
It is really the perfection of Dzogchen.
One has reversed and rises above samsara.
When (in winter) still water by the wind is stirred, It takes (as ice) the shape and texture of a rock. When the deluded are disturbed by interpretive thoughts, That which is as yet unpatterned turns very hard and solid.
The ice/water image is rather illustrative of the main point.
Try it. It’s utterly amazing.
Completely effortless, My mind is one with the dharma. Resting or moving has become one taste. It is simplicity itself. Nothing to gain, nothing to lose, The great garuda soars and shimmers.
Alignment could be likened to the hinayana or the body. Relaxation could be likened to the mahayana or the speech. Resilience could be likened to the vajayana or the mind.
Search will johnson meditation on youtube or the net. He’s taught at karma dzong, etc. I follow him around like a puppy dog. He moved to costa rica. His latest videos are accompanied by these growling monkeys. It’s a bardo like experience. He did not invent gazing but he did popularize it. He did invent water monkeys. He reinvented rumi. He showed us the importance of breath to the Buddha. He is in the process of completely transforming and reinvigorating buddhist practice.