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    On Feb 28, 2020 David Doane wrote:

    I agree that willpower is directed through thinking. Willpower is a goal-directed head strong tunnel vision activity. Relaxation can be not directed by thinking, and can be directed by thinking. Relaxation can definitely be felt. Thinking can't be felt; the results of thinking can be felt. Thinking can direct without being willpower, just like the body can be used without there being tension. Relaxation can be organized by the body. Longing and trying can definitely interfere if not preclude. I don't tunnel vision and do open into new spaces of relaxation when I am present, noting and responding to what is happening, with no agenda and not trying to control or accomplish anything. What helps me view the experiences of my body is doing it, that is, practice, spending time paying attention in a nonjudgmental, respectful, not goal-directed, noncontrolling way to what I am experiencing in my body. It also helps to know that present nonjudgmental awareness is medicine.


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