How am I? + Exercise
The following is the transcript of the audio to follow along for visual reference:
We are, each, born for a purpose we either know about or are in different stages of the process of realisation. Growing up amidst different people and environs we visit, as a seed would through the substance and seasonal changes of the soil, we encounter many variables. We, each, have a style, pace and flair consistent with our unique nature that best brings out our trailblazing talents in what we do. Our native place may be one place, our schooling may be at another, where we find the best employment of our talents may be another, where we express our full nature finding the tribe we comfortably belong with may be different from where we settle and feel at home. How we move through the variables determines how long we will move, how far and how well. Sometimes we are not in the most ideal workplaces and have to work with available resources. Maintaining our original nature in touch with our roots becomes quintessential, then, in reaching out for all those opportunities that best express all that we are born with so the world has what we best have to offer. We need maintaining that signature originality in accomplishing what we came into existence for. 'How am I' is a check-in that we could regularly indulge in for recalibrating the wellbeing of our original nature.
Noninflammatory Presence is like a cool drop of water, a still lake maybe, in the midst of changing moods and variables in the course of our dynamics of everyday living.
Our senses inform the world around us. We use our sensory faculties to be informed of our whereabouts as well as inform the world around us on what we are about. Maintaining the clarity of our sense and sensibility becomes important, hence. We will use this as a parameter for all practical purposes in arriving at the answer to the question, ‘How am I?’
We are beginning to get to a little more chewy bits of the course in having noninflammatory presence. The material presented in this Lecture, hence, may be a little more complex than the previous ones. Hence, it is highly recommended to keep these items handy while you ponder over the content of this Lecture. Maybe these will become part of your daily life-support resources as you get healthier, wealthier, wiser. 'Health' would be better understood after some of the basics of normal, ordinary, living are in experiential appreciation.
- Fruits, nuts, seeds or some green salad to chew upon.
- Water infused with some choice ingredients, warm or cool, of choice.
- Soft cushions to lean on or to place feet on.
- A drape or pullover that is warm if ever you need something to cover your arms and shoulders for a teddybear hug, if you need one at immediate access on visceral-demand.
- A journal to jot down thoughts as they may occur en route the Course.
Here's an exercise that would help relax and home in with your heart. This exercise would help you find support as you go through the 'How am I' checklist below in both audio and written format. Over time, this exercise would be layered upon with other nuances so it becomes easier to find support from within you during activities of daily living. If you would notice, this exercise is necessitating use of your palm but over time, as we move along the Course, you would be able to be present and homed in with your heart even without the use of your palm. That's one of the ways by which you learn to have a noninflammatory presence using nothing.
Place your palm (one or both) on your chest in the middle region just above your breasts and feel the warmth of your palm in your chest. Continue to notice the warmth as you breathe to relax. Feel the smell of your chest as it warms up by your palm. You are likely to breathe deeper once you allow yourself to relax into your own body and enjoy the natural rhythms of your body. No need to hurry. You are not expected to get anywhere or become something through this. It's your body. Pay attention to the softness of your right chest and the warmth in the region just below your right breast deep within your ribcage. Notice the left side of your chest and pay attention to the softness and beat of your heart. That's it! You have begun on your journey of getting to know your HeartHouse. Over the next few days, say before you go to bed and before you start your day in the morning or anytime you feel stressed in some way, try this meet-your-heart palm hug. Over time, you will get used to recognizing your heartbeat and the change in rhythms in the dance between your heart and lungs as you go about your daily activities. Makes a world of difference. Gives every room a meaning!
'How am I?' is a checkin practice that you are likely to come to quite often, not just during this Course but also during activities of daily living, which is really where this Course content could largely be learned - outside the screentime. The screentime is intended to be only a guide for you to pick up valuepoints necessary to arrive at having noninflammatory presence.
Transcript of the audio for visual reference:
This exercise is easy. Our skin has a gazillion holes out of which we are settling with just 10 holes to assess ‘How am I.’ They also help to wholesomeize dashavathara and dashami combined style holding onto just 10 holes. What are these mighty holes?
1 urinary exit
1 reproductive exit
It may take a while to get a hang of feeling how these holes are because it may not be a familiar or usual practice but once you get a hang of it, regular practice of a ‘how am I’ checkin at these 10 points will help come to a safe, wellness assessing, prudent, wholesomizing practice that could save you a lot of money, not to mention having a lot of self-care based self-love and the best of all, the beauty that is available from being in the present moment knowing your ass from a hole in the ground. You would be surprised how many people do not know that. Having a noninflammatory presence using nothing is a few easier steps from there.
You are already well on your way to having that so let us get comfortable with our 10.
Let us begin with the easiest - mouth. Pay attention to the outermost surface of your mouth. That is, the boundary of this hole that is the mouth.
Continue the same for the other holes.
Paying attention to the boundary helps us know where does the mouth start and where does it end, how big, and how small it is, and also gets us be comfortable, familiar with each hole at a time. Holes are kind of having..it is not just spelled holes but if you consider them to also have the meaning of wholes, then you have a world of a difference in what is available from getting familiarized with 10 holes/wholes.
You are familiar with each of these holes in the regular routine care for your hygiene.
Pay a little more care at feeling these holes even when you are not using your fingers for whatsoever reason to take care of them. Meaning, get a hang of feeling your holes without using your hands or any external things.
The following is a more detailed list for a 'How am I?' check-in. It would take some time before you get a hang of the values embedded in the list but this check-in comes handy as you progress through the Course. It would also help you arrive at those critical questions finding the answers to which would help your comprehensive learning of the material presented in this Course.
Here's the transcript of the audio for visual reference:
The following list helps me recalibrate and assess the status of my wellbeing. The suggestives are how I would ideally like the different parts of my body to be so a deviation from it alerts me to take remedial action. Supple and strong is how I like to feel. See how this works for you.
How is my breath at the tip of my nostrils? Does it feel easy, relaxed, comfortably warm? Are the insides of my nose slightly moist, not dry? Is the bridge of my nose feeling straight with a breath going right up between my eyebrows to top of my head?
Temples: Do they feel soft and easy on both sides?
Eyes: Do they feel softly cool and refreshingly moist?
Jaws: At the region on both sides of my jaw, just in front of my ears, are they tension-free? Is my jawline relaxed and soft? I dont want it to feel like they are ready to bite coz that means subconscious anger to me; I could snap in anger for no particular reason.
Neck: Does my throat feel warm, muscles untrembling, with air easily going in and out through my windpipes? Does my voice seem firm, pleasantly joyful and with healthy vigor? Does the bottom of my neck just before my collorbone feel relaxed and soft?
Shoulders left and right: At the shoulder joints, do they seem soft, symmetrical in tension and degree of ease?
Ribcage: Collar bone to bottom most ribcage on both right and left sides, and outermost sides of my ribcage, are they relaxed with no rib bone more tense than the others?
Diaphragm: Does the bottom most part of my ribcage feel relaxed and easy with no tension between left and right sides?
Upper arms: Do they feel relaxed and soft but supplely strong? I prefer them strong than muscular.
Elbows: Do the muscles feel relaxed and soft at the elbow joints? Do the bones seem warm and firm, not rigid?
Lower arms: Do my arm cheeks feel soft and supple?
Wrists: Are they relaxed and movable to 120 degrees?
Palms: Are they soft, warm and smooth skinned? Do my fingers look straight, symmetrical and easily movable?
Abdomen: Does it feel soft, supple and warm? If it feels cold and insensate, I may need trauma healing.
Pelvis: Does it feel warm, soft and at ease?
Hips: Does it feel supple and strong? I watch for them not being tense.
Thighs: Do they feel relaxed, warm, soft and strong?
Knees: Do the joints feel fluid, strong and cool? Is the skin warm and soft?
Calves: Are they soft and supple?
Ankles: Are they warm and supple? Can I move them to around 120 degrees? Do they feel capable and strong?
Feet: Are they soft, warm, stretchy supple and firm? Do they feel reliable and unmessable with?
Spine: Does it feel straight, fluidly cool, supple and strong? Is my tailbone relaxed, easy and comfortable without stress?
I do not check every part all the time but one or the other part every few minutes so I am more tuned in with the level of my wellbeing. I also then do a specific checkin at each part (41 in total) based on this calendar that I update on my website too so I can more closely look at the health of my different parts and take remedial action. I will put up details of what I pay attention to in these 41 parts towards the end of the Course so you have my list of suggestives available. You could, of course, develop your own. Preservation of health is better than prevention of disease is better than cure, right? Talk about a systematic investment of time in wellbeing maintenance!
The following is the screenshot of a calender mentioned in the audio. It has words pertaining to a broader classification of the body into 41 parts, the idea being to maintain 1 of the 12 body systems each month so all the 41 parts are covered over the years through one body system or the other. It is work-in-progress and regularly iterated for improvement of quality. I would explain the details of the calender classification towards the end of the Course so the information does not overwhelm the current learning process. This calender is for the month of June 2022, but I would be regularly updating our website, www.dynamicstillnesses.com, with each month's calender if I inadvertently forget to on this Course due to whatsoever reasons. Please check. Tnx.