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> Perhaps someone can share some insight and provide some further
> direction. Through levels of observation I have come to see how
> thoughts will arise and my body will respond. Example; excess stress
> based on aversion of difficult situations will often cause my heart
> to flutter and skip beats for a few days off and on. I have become
> aware to the point that I observe the thought arise, and wham..missed
> beat! I also have this experience when I am fearful in a certain
> situations. I can feel the small nerves in my back tighten into
> spasm. Having been a long time sufferer of back pain due to a severe
> injury (which led me meditation) I am now not so convinced that all
> of my back pain is from the injury. In other words, what percentage
> is mind and what percentage is injury related and can you seperate
> the two? Are there particular meditation techniques that will help
> me? I have used some Taoist (micro cosmic & inner smile) and
> mindfulness and vipassana...which have led me to here. But now what?
> Should I even concern myself with seperating this mind body
> connection, even though it is a handicap?
I'd like to merge both of your questions (the other being found in
post # 12889) into one statement...
Your mental gyrations are temporary and ever changing, as are your
emotional states, and your cellular structure and sensory receptions
and reactions. What is constant is the potential to be the Witness to
their fluctuations. This Witness/consciousness/awareness/whatever you
want to lable it, has been, will be, and is now everpresent and
unchanging. Meditation can be somewhat defined as the state where you
are awake to this Reality. Two of the characteristics that can be
present when this is your (meditative) experience are attention and
intention. So, it is often taught that concerning yourself with your
mind, body, or emotions can easily, and will usually, distract you
from paying attention to that which is unchanging. And that is
classically what the intention of meditation is "supposed to be". And
thus, thoughts about the mind, body, or anything, are what can hold
you back from meditation. So the recommendation is to be good, do
good, think about meditative concepts, and other similar 'good"
things, but meditation itself is an emptying of mind chatter. And that
allows the fullness of the eternal infinite present to be uncovered.
Peace and blessings,