Heightened Awareness, mimicking its title, rose to the top of my to-be-read stack. Without hesitation, I began reading, continuing my quest to know more about Justin Stone, the book’s author who created Tai Chi Chih, sometimes called meditation in motion.

With a slight hesitation, I kept reading Chapter 1 when Stone made a request of me the reader. Are you ready to hear his request?   Here it is when you are ready:

 “I want you to watch your posture.”

Then in the next sentence, he advised, “Do not correct your posture, just be aware of it.”

I don’t know about you but when I became aware of my posture, almost automatically, I lowered my shoulders, contracted my shoulder blades, ramped my head, lengthened my neck, raised the crown of my head higher, took a deeper breath, and vowed to maintain this improved posture.

Stone ties this first request with another instruction that works in a circular way with this request about posture, but I am going to wait until next week to share it. For now, just for the next week, let us all be aware of our posture. Can you be aware of your posture without changing it? If you do change it, do you feel better or worse? Why do you think he writes not to change it?

So consider this week an experiment in exploring the mystery put forth by Justin Stone. Let me know how it goes!


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