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Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: The Image of the Body

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2010-04-27
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



We continually misrepresent the body by forcing it to be governed, controlled, and defined by the mind. When we set the body free from imposed boundaries we find a natural and intelligent life energy that knows its way.


The body is not what you think it is, but you have to prove that to yourself. Make a list of images you have of your body and sit down and actually experience the list firsthand. For instance you might think the body is “yours,” but when you experience the body just as it is, there is no “yours” within that experience. Or you might think the body has a defined shape, but upon dropping the concept of arm, leg, etc., the shape becomes amorphous and irregular. Where does the internal stop and the external begin? Release the concepts and see if life opens more organically.


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