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Relaxed Awareness

I love reading and writing. I came to writing late in life and discovered a world where I feel like a fish in the water.


As part of an online course on writing that I’m currently taking, I was asked to write anything I want for five minutes without interruption, over-analyzing, or editing. Once the timer goes off, I stop writing and choose a word from what I wrote as the start of another round of writing for five minutes. I did this for a total of four rounds of five minutes each.

Here is what I wrote.

First Round

There comes a day when you have to listen to reason. You’re growing old and must accept that you’re no longer able to do what you were used to. Don’t despair; you can now devote time, energy, and attention to doing other things for self-development that can let you fill your time with an enjoyable activity.

Self-development never ends. I wonder what an eighty-year-old woman can hope to develop when she knows that precious little time is left for her on this earth; death could knock on her door at any moment.

But death does also reap young people, even children. So, being old is not an excuse. She could find in herself an inclination to start learning something new—a musical instrument, singing, dancing, or painting for instance.

I wonder if there is joy and happiness in later stages of life, I mean really old age when one can no longer live independently and must rely on others for simple daily needs. There must be.

Second Round

Energy is that force in a human being that allows the body to function and a person to live life independently without having to rely on others.

Energy levels fluctuate depending on diet, cycles of rest and activity, sleep patterns, way of life, mental condition, emotional states, external influences, and special practices.

Special practices like yoga and meditation enhances the energy level of the practitioner—a different kind of energy. A hatha yoga session after a workday gives physical energy by strengthening and stretching muscles. Yoga asanas are especially done to get one’s energy back, like the Legs-Up-The-Wall and the Savasana poses.

Meditation, when done properly and in a consistent way, gives energy to the mind, thus bestowing clarity, focus, and ease of concentration to the practitioner.

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It is believed that pranayama techniques can help people get rid of sluggish energy so as to increase mental energy, physical stamina, empathy, and spiritual insight.

There are several kinds of energy: physical, mental, emotional, psychic, and subtle energy.


Third Round

Subtle energy is the life force, or prana, that permeates every fiber of our being and everything on earth. The practice of yoga, meditation, and pranayama lets the prana flow freely in the body, especially in the Sushumna channel/Nadi of the vertebral column.

The Sushumna Nadi runs all along the spine where the major Chakras are located. The kind of energy that flows through it is filled with a creative force.

The upswing of the flow of energy is to be done in a cautious manner as it clears the way up from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. If this rise happens in an abrupt way, then it might create challenges for the practitioners especially those who do yoga on their own without being guided and monitored by a qualified teacher.

Subtle energy is a low intensity energy that requires a refined mind to observe and feel. To detect and build up this kind of energy requires a calm and collected mind, and a focused but relaxed awareness.

Final Round

Relaxed awareness is essential if we want to live life in its fullness. Being at peace and maintaining an effortless awareness allows a person to face all life’s events with a calm and even mind.

Relaxed awareness is the state of a mind that is conscious yet calm. It is the state of doing things and being aware without effort. Effort means expanding precious energy, sometimes unnecessarily. How we spend our energy determines how we live life, how we accomplish what we intend to do, and defines the quality of our relationships with others and with life.

A right relationship with life has a lot to do with what is commonly known as ‘good timing’. When we are in a right relationship with life, we know intuitively what to do, where to go, how to behave, who to befriend, what to avoid, etc.

Intuitively means knowing without being told, without asking or trying to find out from external resources. This kind of knowledge comes from within; it is a deep feeling and a profound knowing that evolve from being in tune with life, with the earth, and with others.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Liliane Najm

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