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Living at the Right Speed

On Feb 6, 2007 phuong wrote:

As a person interested in and training in somatic therapies, I like to turn my reflections toward what's being lived in my body. I notice that when I rush at work, I walk with my head far ahead of my body. At airports, I notice this same pattern in others. When my head is jutted far ahead of my chest and legs, I seem to act more aggressively and with a narrower focus. When lucky, I have a moment to gather my breath and slow my gait. My head then sits on top of my chest. As I breathe more fully, my head becomes connected to my heart and my belly. At this juncture, I have the full intelligence of my gut, my heart, and my brain working together. My decisions and acts are more coherent. I feel whole again. I love Honore's reference-- "tempo giusto"-- to music. In Plum Village, I had the honor of hearing Thay Thich Nhat Hanh say, "When you are mindful, the act of breathing is like playing the violin." In that spirit, let us make music!

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