The Purpose of a Bind is to Discover There is no Bind. Part 2

Diana Bailey Essential Motion Pilates
By Guest Writier Diana Bailey
Is being stuck in tension more about the approach taken to unwind it than the physical restriction that is currently presenting itself? Realistically, an untrained mind has great difficulty selecting an effective response because it lacks focus. A clear perspective sees that the practice of stretching is primarily learning to look past what something appears to be in a given moment and allowing the influence of time with persistent effort to shape a result.

The bind keeps the realm of possibilities simple. It says relax and do. Breathe and let go.                     Keep breathing

The more there is a singular challenge contained by the tiniest thread of desire, the more the mind can allow. The “bind” provides that intimate, balanced starting point. The body is innately wise, but the mind often doesn’t know how to reach for and hold that wisdom. At first, the mind views the physical bind as the stop. Properly focused stretching builds the outlook to expand into each newly established horizon with grace. Suddenly, it feels good to stretch!

Vesting in a particular outcome on any given day is a set up for disappointment. “No bind” is about everything being just fine exactly as it is, and the desire for more space to be available over time. The essence of discovering no bind begins in the approach, and stays as the focus shifts to do the work and step back….over and over and over.
No attachment. No bind.

 

 

“Peace can only be found in right now.”

Peace and bhudda…And What will that Bring You?
Sorting out the Story.

By Featured Guest Writer Diana Bailey

It takes practice to train the mind to let go and engage right now as real. Human beings spend a lot of time telling stories about reality rather than seeking to genuinely embrace

What is real? Living in the wreckage of an imagined future devastation, or getting stuck in events from the past, steals the present.

This widely cultivated habit of judging, speculating, criticizing and regretting that has taken most of us a lifetime to entrench and refine seems to be less about observation and more about summation. It is the pervasive belief that if we can just figure it all out, there will be peace. Ask yourself if this approach has ever actually brought you peace? Of course not! It is an axiom of life that problems do not get solved with the same thinking that created them.

Many of us enjoy and cling to the idea that everything has a place and a place for everything.
That’s true if you’re talking about a desk and office supplies. So naturally, we expand this to organization of the self. The mind wants to know in order to control and limit feelings of insecurity. If it’s all in a box or category, it has been decided. Forever! There is no chaos, no unpredictability, and no unknown. All the pictures get filed for instant recall and programmed with their companion behavior. Then we carry the script around for constant reference so we can react. The price paid for this “automated” approach to the world is huge. Underneath it all is the desire for connection and peace.

Addressing this fear of the unknown by endlessly fussing over how to place events in a personal scrapbook—already overflowing with a lifetime of judgment and speculation about our supposed relationship to everything—is overlooking one simple fact:

This action puts limits on life that life didn’t put there.

It steals the joy of discovery and drowns creativity. The blinders get so big it’s hard to see anything at all. Nothing is new or different or special or genuine or surprising or worth the risk anymore. Perpetuating a rut with this type of belief system is equivalent to living in a grave with both ends knocked out.

How can there be wholehearted engagement if the deeply held belief is that to define, categorize and dismiss– or to imagine, speculate and pretend– answers everything?

Peace can only be found in right now.
Life is rich in experiences, while material things come and go. The depth and richness of living comes with being willing to meet life on life’s terms rather than constantly attempting to get life to sign off on your contract.

 

This question of …”and what will that bring you?” …is a way to sort out what you truly desire from your current picture of reality. It provides the invitation to explore the difference between superficial wants, your deepest needs, and the purpose behind your actions. It is not just for deciding whether or not to buy a car, but that may be a great place to start using it.

Checking in with your self is the key. It keeps the dance of life alive without buying in to the ebb and flow of circumstance. The action that arises from genuine engagement of this sorting effort can, with time and practice, create an abiding outlook on the nature of it all.

Oh yeah, and there is peace….and what will that bring you?

 

Previously Published January 2013