Roger Harty: Body Confidence

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rsz_roger_hartyI looked up the word confidence in the dictionary and found the following definition; Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct.

Confidence comes from being sure that you are on the right path. It is a form of knowing.

For instance if you were driving a car and if you turned the steering wheel to the right and the car went to the left you would pretty quickly lose confidence in the performance of the car as you would lose trust in it’s reliability.

Once that trust is lost it is very hard to get it back.

You could have two people in exactly the same situation e.g. on a rollercoaster – one will be totally confident (often displayed by laughter!) and the other could be a barrel of nerves.

You have often heard the term that person is ‘very confident in his own skin’. In other words no matter what task I ask him to do he goes about it with an inner confidence.

The good news is that this can be worked on (practised) but like any type of practice it needs to be done consistently over a period of time. Once you develop confidence within you can express it without.

The key to unlocking this is again back to the breath. I know I have written different articles about the breath but here is another example of the power that it holds – let me explain.

The very first thing that you did when you were born is breathe and the very last thing that you will do before you die is take your very last breath.

This applies to every single human being and it has always been the case since the very existence of mankind. The very fact that you are alive means that you are breathing.

So the one thing that we can be absolutely and categorically sure of (as long as we are alive) is our next breath.

So if we use this type of surety and certainty and connect this with our body, then the body picks up on this certainty in the form of confidence.

We know that we can deliver the next breath and that ‘knowing’ in turn breathes confidence (pardon the pun). Firstly we must become aware of this fact and secondly there is no point in simply being aware of it if we don’t put it into practice.

The best form of practice is ‘Breath Meditation’ where we meditate on the breath knowing that it is always there. Because it is always available to us we can deliver it with a type of certainty ‘a knowing’ – this certainty then in turn is picked up by the cells of the body which are living entities in their own right.

Another important point to mention here is that it is best to breath in a slow, deep , gentle rhythmic fashion.

The reason for this again goes back to ancient man. When he was afraid or in danger he breathed fast (to get more oxygen to run or fight) and when he felt safe he breathed slowly and gently.

The way the body works is that it determines if there is danger present or not by the manner in which we breath.

So if we want to deliver surety, certainty and in turn confidence to our bodies it is best done in a calm meditation knowing that the breath is always available and breathing slowly deeply and gently.

This in turn at an energetic level delivers a message the cells in my body that ‘all is well in my world right now’ that I have everything that I require for living which in turn results in ‘cell confidence’.

If this practice is sustained over a period of time it can only result in complete body confidence.

Initially one may not feel the benefit – the reason for this is that it may take a period of time for the cells of the body to become reassured.

If you have not been doing this to your body for many years then one cannot expect the changes to happen overnight .

As the Buddha says – ‘Concentrate on the process and the results will come’.

Next week I am going to write about ‘True Love’ – What Is It ?

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