A New Way of Being

Frederick Dodson

Frederick Dodson

“We all have memories of times when we felt particularly alive, when the world seemed fresh and promising, like a flower garden on a bright spring morning. Whatever the circumstances leading to such moments, there is suddenly a sensation of acute vitality supported by the knowledge that all elements are in absolute harmony. The air pulses with life. Our bodies feel healthy and energetic, our minds clear and confident. There is a lucent quality to perception. Every feature of the environment pleases the senses: colors are vivid, sounds melodious, and odors fragrant. All aspects of the experience blend perfectly and there is a vibrant quality to everything; the usual border between inner and outer space becomes fluid. Nothing is fixed and we feel spacious and open. We act with perfect ease and appropriateness.

The essence of this experience is balance, and its offshoot is a deep feeling of nurturance and refreshment which extends far beyond the feeling we would call ‘happiness’. … Through relaxation we can discover a new way of being, a perspective that is open and that delights in the integration of body, mind, senses, feelings and environment. We learn to appreciate the completely wholesome quality of living experience. The whole body becomes refreshed, as if showered within by pure spring water. Not only the physical body quickens, but the mind and all of the senses are invigorated as well; sense impressions and thoughts come to life. A quality of relaxation informs every activity, even walking or eating. Our lives function smoothly, and we become healthy and balanced.

The key to both our internal integration and a balanced relationship with the world lies within our feelings and sensations. We can nurture and heal both our bodies and minds by touching our feelings deeply and expanding the flowing rhythms they bring to us, for they are linked to the vitality of the universe itself. Through relaxation we awaken feelings which then expand and accumulate until we slowly become aware of a deep interpenetrating field of energy inside our body and beyond it. This energy can stimulate itself internally to sustain and nurture us in our daily lives, recycling sensation so we become sensitive and strong, and our sensations rich and powerful.”

– from the 1978 book Kum Nye by Tarthang Tulku

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