Paradox

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"Complete physical relaxation".

Lisa used the term "complete physical relaxation" to describe the way she felt after class.

Love that.

At first that doesn't make sense.

The class wasn't dimly lit, with pillows and blankets and soft music.

It was the opposite.

Over the course of 90 minutes we worked like engineers...how does this work, how could that work, how can we direct our attention to making this work better?

And then how can we breathe to change our physiological state?

We practiced technique.

We did not chill out or check out.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

But the class was an exercise in checking IN.

This requires something that is NOT relaxing, but a paying of attention, which for all of us, requires effort.

In other words.....it takes effort to relax.

That is one of the many paradoxes of practice.