Relaxation Is Just Being Natural
Will you say something more about relaxation? I am aware of a
tension deep at the core of me and suspect that I have probably
never been totally relaxed. When you said the other day that to
relax is one of the most complex phenomena possible, I glimpsed a
rich tapestry in which the threads of relaxation and let-go were
deeply interwoven with trust, and then love came into it, and
acceptance, going with the flow, union and ecstasy....
"Total relaxation is the ultimate. That's the moment when one
becomes a buddha. That is the moment of realization, enlightenment,
christ-consciousness. You cannot be totally relaxed right now. At
the innermost core a tension will persist.
"But start relaxing. Start from the circumference – that's
where we are, and we can start only from where we are. Relax the
circumference of your being – relax your body, relax your
behavior, relax your acts. Walk in a relaxed way, eat in a relaxed
way, talk, listen in a relaxed way. Slow down every process. Don't
be in a hurry and don't be in haste. Move as if all eternity is
available to you – in fact, it is available to you. We are
here from the beginning and we are going to be here to the very
end, if there is a beginning and there is an end. In fact, there is
no beginning and no end. We have always been here and we will be
here always. Forms go on changing, but not the substance; garments
go on changing, but not the soul.
"Tension means hurry, fear, doubt. Tension means a constant effort
to protect, to be secure, to be safe. Tension means preparing for
the tomorrow now, or for the afterlife – afraid tomorrow you
will not be able to face the reality, so be prepared. Tension means
the past that you have not lived really but only somehow bypassed;
it hangs, it is a hangover, it surrounds you.