The Beauty of an ItchFeb 20, 2006
In this post we widened the definition of an itch to include not only physical itches, but also emotional and mental bothers as well.
How can an itch be beautiful? Diving into the feeling without judgment allows us to experience itches in a different way. Energy then actually becomes literally beautiful.
Another way to see the beauty in an itch is to realize that they are the largest anchor there is. We use bothers, and itches as reminders to bring our attention back to the moment, back to our breath.
We don't want to be itch free, we want to be itch proof. The itches don't stop coming, so being itch free is unrealistic. But we can learn to be itch proof. We can be strong, and fearless. We can learn to sit through bothers.
Itches actually become the beauty of life. To start, we need to become aware of what we sit through now and what we run from. We need to become honest with ourselves about what moves us around.
Itch/scratch is the iconic representation of pleasure and pain. The immediate urge to "scratch," or the rushed push to fix a "problem" is one of our most limiting qualities. The itch is a bother and we want it gone. That very behavior, in its many facets, is our core problem.
We need to learn to become awake when things bother or itch us. Introduction to anchors was one easy way of staying connected, but the biggest anchor is the itch itself. We should learn to deal with itches, bothers, and problems rather than run from them.
We can and should scratch an itch when our attention should be elsewhere, like a conversation. Just try to be mindful when we do. But while we should be kind with ourselves, we can also be honest and realize that as we are bothered to scratch we are at times asleep.
We can learn, "Oh, maybe I should have watched that itch for a bit. Maybe I could have learned from that." We will see as we become more honest with ourselves that we are, at different times, more asleep than we thought.
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