Synchronizing Mind and Body in the Present Moment = Effortless Elegance.
Let us have good head and shoulders—the basic elegant posture of enlightenment. ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Growing up, I studied Buddhism with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. I can’t tell you how many times he’d remind us that half our state of mind was dependent on our posture.
Rinpoche is a meditation teacher. But he’s also an athlete—and he knows the importance of posture, of yoga, of proper breath. He’d remark that, of course, you can tell when someone is depressed—they slump. Problem is, it’s self-fulfilling. It’s hard to cheer up, mentally, when, physically, you’re slumped.
I remember, too, reading that the Sakyong’s father, Chogyam Trungpa, remarked on how friends would edge to their seats and sit up bolt upright in the movie theater when they were excited. You can see a sort of peace and presence in calligraphy experts—and that physical elegance, whether manifested through art or dance or everyday life—further manifests in our inner and outer actions.
This is such a simple point that it’s easy to overlook how easy, and powerful, a tool this is to keep in mind. When you’re depressed, make an effort to sit up, and relax. When you’re excited, make an effort to breathe.
It’s an easy way to bring your state of mind into a happier place.
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