“Monkey See, Monkey Doo Doo”
In my past life as a chimp, I was quite curious about my body and my bodily functions... live and learn has always been the law of the jungle whether the jungle be green or asphalt in nature.
As a young man in this lifetime, I looked like the missing link... due largely to the fact that I so recently evolved from the animal kingdom, the resemblance to my monkey ancestors was difficult to mask... in fact, I was known as “hairy krishna”.
As I grew older, I became more comfortable in my own skin... and I have now mastered the art of talking to my body.
I recently asked my body who is in charge.
All the organs of the body were having a meeting,
trying to decide who was the one in charge.
"I should be in charge," said the brain ,
"Because I run all the body's systems,
so without me nothing would happen."
"I should be in charge," said the blood ,
"Because I circulate oxygen all over
so without me you'd all waste away."
"I should be in charge," said the stomach,"
Because I process food and give
all of you energy."
"I should be in charge," said the legs,
"because I carry the body wherever
it needs to go."
"I should be in charge," said the eyes,
"Because I allow the body to see
where it goes."
"I should be in charge," said the rectum
"Because I'm responsible for
All the other body parts laughed at the rectum
And insulted him, so in a huff,
he shut down tight.
Within a few days,
the brain had a terrible headache,
the stomach was bloated,
the legs got wobbly,
the eyes got watery,
and the blood Was toxic.
They all decided that the
rectum should be the boss.
The Moral of the story?
The asshole is usually in charge !!
“Regain feeling -- less thought, more feeling. Live more by heart, less by head. Sometimes, live totally in the body; forget about soul. Live totally in the body -- because if you cannot even feel your body, you are not going to feel your soul. Remember this. Come back into the body. We are really hanging around the body; we are not in the body. Everyone is afraid to be in the body. Society has created the fear; it is deep-rooted. Go back into your body; move again; be like an innocent animal.
Look at animals jumping, running. Sometimes run and jump like them, then you will come back to your body. Then you will be able to feel your body, the rays of the sun, the rains, and the wind blowing. Only with this capacity of being aware of all things happening around you will you develop the capacity to feel what is happening within.”
As a meditator, I have often wondered if animals are conscious... is a monkey conscious... or is it that consciousness has the monkey... I do not know, but it really looks like my friend of old is going deep in meditation... click on “watch video” and see for yourself.
“Man is man only because of the desire to surpass himself... that very desire is his humanness. Animals have no desire to transcend themselves. A dog is perfectly happy being a dog. He does not want to become a god, he does not want to become anything else. A rose is perfectly happy being a rose.
It is the privilege, the prerogative, only of man -- his agony and his ecstasy -- that he wants to reach beyond, he wants to go above himself, he wants to do the impossible. That's his specific adventure. That adventure makes him human. He has to live in this search, as this search.”
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