A complete guide to health & well-being
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 felling of nurturance and refreshment which extends far beyond the feeling we would call ‘happiness’. Kum Nye is the art of developing this true balance. 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.
Mind and body both seem to need relaxation, especially in today’s world where the business of everyday activities generates much stress. With Kum Nye, we can loosen up the tension connected with this stress and open up the sensitivity inherent in our human embodiment.
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Kum Nye Exercise #54
Loosening Up the Self Image
By tuning and refining this sensitivity each day, we can make progress in releasing our being from constrictions that prevent us from actively engaging ourselves. This releasing and refinement immediately bring an enriching quality into our lives, while gradually leading us toward the spiritual path. Regularly engaging in Kum Nye prepares the ground for meditation and helps create the conditions that allow one to become a candidate for serious Dharma study and practice.
– Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye – A Tibetan Yoga