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Monday, January 17, 2005

A Fun Spiritual Practice

"When you make the two one, and when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male will not be male and the female not be female, when you make eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in the place of a hand, and a foot in the place of a foot, and an image in the place of an image, then shall you enter the Kingdom." (Jesus, Gospel of Thomas)
They say "the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step." Hmmm! I'm not sure about that. I say the journey of a thousand miles starts and ends with the one step.

For the adventurous, here's a fun experiment that has a spiritual principle behind it.

When you walk, count your steps but instead of counting in the usual way i.e. ascending order, count starting from 1 and ending at 1. In other words, every step is your first step. Confused? Don't be. You see, when you take each step as the same, it means you're always at the same "point of perfection." You are already at the beginning and end. You are unchanging.

This might freak you out at first especially if you see time as moving. The mind will argue that it is illogical. Persist by counting and treating every step as your first step. After a while the little mind will give up trying to rationalise and keep quiet.

It's a sure fun way to climb up stairs without getting tired because you're not actually moving. Well you are but the mind that likes to analyse stuff doesn't know that, does it?

This is like a walking meditation but it's more fun.

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