Over-stimulation in this modern world has increased exponentially faster than our ability to process it has developed. I repeat from an earlier post, followed by a beautiful quote from Paramahansa Yoganada founder of the Self Realization Fellowship.
“When we are under pressure an autonomic response causes a tensing of the muscles. We may feel it as a pain in the neck, tight shoulders or in the other extremities of the body, but it emanates from the spine or, in finer dimensions of sensing, the central core of the being.
This tension in the muscles around the spine forces the cerebral spinal fluid up into the cranium putting pressure on the physical brain, impeding the synaptic process, thought and creativity. In common parlance you might hear people under pressure say, “Just give me a minute I need some space.”
This from the film “Awake, the life of Yogananda’ . . .
“The spine and the brain are the altars of God.
That’s where the electricity of God flows down into the nervous system into the world. The searchlights of your senses are turned outward. But when you will reverse the searchlights through kriya yoga and be concentrated in the spine you will be hold the maker.”
“Charge the body with the life current from universe. Energy distributed evenly in the body is what keeps the diseases from settling.”
. . . followed by this comment, “that’s what self-realization teaches the technique of meditation, recharging the body battery with cosmic energy. For it is not a creed or dogma, but a science of soul and spirit, how the soul descended from the cosmic consciousness into the earth and the body and the senses is the purpose of this work
Thought it really resonated with this work I’ve been developing, ‘here’s a simple practice that can be done in a few seconds or as long as you care to take’.
Briefly tightening the muscles around the spine and then relaxing the muscles closer and closer to the spine, allowing the spinal fluid to release back into the spine creates space between the vertebrae, actually takes the pressure off the cranium allowing much more effective neural activity and producing a more spacious feeling in the being. Perhaps the most important aspect of the exercise is receiving the energy that’s released.