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Current Planetary Positions

Sun 29° Scorpio 27' 52"
Moon 11° Taurus 34' 42"
Mercury 11° Sagittarius 34' 58" R
Venus 25° Libra 48' 44"
Mars 03° Pisces 39' 58"
Jupiter 02° Sagittarius 57' 01"
Saturn 06° Capricorn 51' 35"
Uranus 29° Aries 26' 43" R
Neptune 13° Pisces 41' 49" R
Pluto 19° Capricorn 24' 14"
Chiron 28° Pisces 02' 18" R
TrueNode 28° Cancer 33' 20" R

Teachers

Posture

 

Being upright is one of the best ways to promote presence by way of a strong and correct relationship to the present moment.  Upright posture promotes wakefulness, consciousness and strength. It also “self transmits” a message of responsibility and mastery that is very helpful. Arguably it is the first step as well as the prime directive in any plan to connect to one’s best self. It represents the beginning but also the middle and the final destination on the road to awakening.

 

As Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki said:

 

…. To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.

 

.The state of mind that exists when you sit in the right posture is, itself, enlightenment.

 

…..In this posture there is no need to talk about the right state of mind. You already have it.

 

…..So try always to keep the right posture, not only when you practice zazen, but in all your activities. Take the right posture when you are driving your car, and when you are reading. If you read in a slumped position, you cannot stay awake long. Try. You will discover how important it is to keep the right posture. This is the true teaching.