You carry an armor around you. It is just an armor – it is not clinging to you, you are clinging to it. So when you become aware of it you can simply drop it. The armor is dead: if you don’t carry it, it will disappear. Not only are you carrying it but also you are nourishing and feeding it continuously.
“Every child is fluid. He has no frozen parts in him; the whole body is one organic unity. The head is not important and the feet are not unimportant. In fact, division doesn’t exist; there are no demarcations. But by and by demarcations start coming up. Then the head becomes the master, the boss, and the whole body is divided into parts. A few parts are accepted by the society and a few parts are not. A few parts are dangerous for the society and have to be almost destroyed. That creates the whole problem.
“So you have to watch where you feel limitations in the body….
“Just do three things. One: walking or sitting, or whenever you are not doing anything, exhale deeply. The emphasis should be on exhalation, not on inhalation. So exhale deeply – as much air as you can throw out, throw. Exhale through the mouth but do it slowly so it takes time. The longer it takes the better, because then it goes deeper. When all the air inside the body is thrown out, then the body inhales. Don’t you inhale. The exhalation should be slow and deep and the inhalation should be fast. This will change the armor near the chest, and that will change your throat too.
“Second thing: if you can start a little running that will be helpful. Not many miles, just one mile will do. Just visualize that a load is disappearing from the legs, as if it is falling off them. Legs carry the armor if your freedom has been restricted too much; if you have been told to do this and not to do that; to be this and not to be that; to go here and not to go there. So start running and, while running, also put more attention on exhalation. Once you regain your legs and their fluidity you will have a tremendous energy flow.
“The third thing: in the night when you go to sleep, take off your clothes and, while taking them off, just imagine that you are not only taking off your clothes, you are taking off your armor too. Actually do it. Take it off and have a good deep breath – and then go to sleep as if unarmored, with nothing on the body and no restriction….”
Abridged from: OSHO Hammer on the Rock.
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