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Current Planetary Positions

Sun 26° Gemini 33' 46"
Moon 04° Capricorn 52' 00"
Mercury 20° Cancer 45' 52"
Venus 10° Gemini 57' 48"
Mars 21° Cancer 08' 14"
Jupiter 18° Sagittarius 32' 20" R
Saturn 18° Capricorn 44' 58" R
Uranus 05° Taurus 25' 52"
Neptune 18° Pisces 43' 14"
Pluto 22° Capricorn 30' 38" R
Chiron 05° Aries 45' 01"
TrueNode 17° Cancer 37' 42" 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.