Sensation Is The Begining
Welcome to the beginning of your somatic re-education process. BodyJuggling is what we call somatic lifestyle fitness. Somatic means learning through the body and is accomplished through increasing relaxation and sensation to create full-body awareness. Lifestyle is about increasing awareness of our archetypal patterns and life decisions and understanding how these directly affect the quality of our daily lives. Fitness, as we use the term, means making a conscious decision to live life through wellness and vitality because these are two of the most important factors to overall quality of life.
If you are new to BodyJuggling do not worry. Like all BodyJuggling programs this course is designed in a progressive manner starting with the basic fundamentals and slowly building to more complicated and strenuous movements. There are two workout sessions for each week which will be alternated so that each workout will be done three times in a given week. This repetition is important for several reasons: 1. All mastery comes from repetition. 2. These are complicated whole body movements which require muscle memory to be done correctly. 3. We are systematically stretching and strengthening specific parts of the anatomy. 4. We are laying the ground work for the even more complicated movements coming in the next week.
Commit to creating the change you desire and this program will give you the tools to create the body you’ve always wanted and a lifestyle to match! Now, let us begin…
Lesson 1: Sensation
Sensation is where we begin. Sensation is the bio-mechanical reaction of sensory organs, such as the eyes, ears and skin, to any visceral stimulus. Sensation is the source of all external experience and is the doorway to learning how to understand and manage our internal experience.
All suffering in life comes from the struggle to reconcile our external sensation with our internal perception. In fact, sensation and perception are so closely related that they can hardly be separated, which is why things tend to become difficult whenever the two would seem to disagree.
But, can two sides of the same coin ever really be in opposition to each other? Of course not, but if they both had minds of their own they could sure try. They could each create fantasies about what they really wanted and what the world should look like and where they should go. But they would still experience every situation simultaneously and would still end up with the exact same fate as the other.
Sensation and Perception are like two sides of the same coin. They are equivalent to the most profound concept in all of Chinese philosophy, yin and yang. We will explore yin and yang deeply in week 6, but for now just know that yin and yang represents the positive and negative charges that create everything in the universe.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, for every down there is an up, for every hot there is a cold, and for every push there is a pull. Sensation and perception are the yin and yang of consciousness. Sensation is the external stimulus, the information if you will, and perception is the internal awareness of it. Sensation is external and perception is internal.
So, why separate something that is inseparable? Science has been doing this for millennia. By dissecting something into it’s constituent components we can often understand the relationship of the unified whole better. For the purposes of this course we will create an imaginary division between sensation and perception so that we may better understand the relationship between the internal and the external.
It is important to understand that sensation is an abstraction and not a replication of the real world. This is the nature of illusions. Illusions are created when sensory stimulation is arranged in such a way that it misleads perception into drawing incorrect conclusions.
Of course you have already noticed the image below and how it seems to move, shrinking and expanding endlessly. Experiment with your perception of this image by looking directly at it as well as looking at the space around it. Notice how your perception is unmistakably affected by where you focus your attention. Can you make the image be still? If so, what is the secret?
Now for some practical experience with sensation, put on your seat belt and jump into your first BodyJuggling session by pressing play on the video below. In this session do not allow yourself to become frustrated or annoyed. This is only the mind creating obstacles. Simply focus on what you are feeling in your body and trust that “If you do the thing, you will get the result.” Good luck!
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