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[ posted in my tier three FB group learning environment ]
 
A few more thoughts about the dynamic interface between ‘self’ and the metaenvironment (Earth / Sky / Space) that it is an innately embedded microcosmic reflection of.
 
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The human animal, with a consistent, disciplined and trained proper practice (of some length) of directly experiencing ‘here’ in its fullness / wholeness (that is, deeply feltsensing / remembering and observing the dynamics of the body.mind.biosphere.space continuum that the dependent, integral, functional element of the whole we conveniently call “self” is) - just as it is, in real time - can observe, vividly, and simultaneously:
 
- an ascending season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the above described continuum
 
- a brief intensification of the descending season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season
 
- a brief intense blast of the qualities of the season that will follow the ascending season and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season
 
... during transitions between annual seasons when these three very different energies meet - which can be bumpy rides in a body / mind that isn’t well-balanced or that is di.stressed / dis-eased.
 
This dynamic phenomenon can also be clearly remembered throughout the hours of the day. Every two hours, throughout the 24 hour repeating cycle, the dominant nostril alternates, as I’m sure those of you with a consistent mindfulness sitting practice have noticed, assuming a consistent sitting-in-concentration for more than two hours minimally, which for aspiring mindfulness teachers is essential (and in the very lower range of the length of a regular sitting for a mindfulness teacher) if they are to be effective in their work.
 
Each alternation can be understood as a ‘season’. During each of these two hour seasons of time, the same exact annual seasonal dynamics described above can be feltsensed / remembered and observed:
 
- the ascending two hour season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season  
 
- a brief intensification of the descending two hour season’s qualities and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season
 
... and a brief intense blast of the qualities of the two hour season that will follow the ascending season and their physiological / neurological effects occurring in the personal experience of the continuum during the rising of the ascending season
 
The ecosystem of the body/mind can be skillfully managed throughout the year and the 24 hour day in ways that facilitate smooth transitions which minimizes physiological / neurological chais as the three energy streams, each with different qualities and effects, meet. 
 
Please reflect on this and hold it lightly in mind during your sits between today and our next meet - and prepare your questions if any of this isn’t clear. 
 
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Thoughts and questions invited. 

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