Cheeky Dissolving

Whenever I have to stop and wait somewhere, sitting in the car waiting for someone, or in waiting rooms, even long traffic lights, I’ve been recently taking the opportunity to really stop. Like the day has set out for me this series of enforced mini meditations. I’ve never been one for ritualised meditation. I love folks who have a shrine and incense and lovely things and sit at their special place. Maybe it’s because I’m so much on the move (being such an international diamond smuggling outlaw of creative juiciness) – it’s NOT because I’m lazy or immature or any other unevolved things <ahem>

…so I welcome each of these opportunities to stop as a rest from anything external that needs my attention and scan myself, say hi to myself, (optional hand on my chest), smile through my body and into any tensions or blocks, as if they’re patches of ice that need to be dissolved.

The genius Taoists constantly give their full presence to scanning their whole body, locating any blocked or hard-to-describe discomforts, whereupon they say ‘Ice to Water, Water to Steam’ and literally use their imagination to SEE that place dissolve and the steam leave their body.

I reckon if we practice this as a cultivated habit all day, whenever we stop, get in a bit of cheeky dissolving – smile some mischief into any tensions – watch them turn to steam and blow away, it would (will) be a massive illness preventer. Let’s make this a habit from Now and share it with others.

As we get more into this habit it’s also really enriching to do some of these practices with friends and lovers. The places this practice goes to are truly magical and sensual as far as widening the spectrum of your rich human experience goes…more on that as we go….but for now, notice when you dissolve these sensations in the body how many external problems and challenges in your life melt of their own accord as if by magic.

Please let me know, write below, when a drama in your life vanishes seemingly by itself!


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  1. this works for me! and helps me remain in the flow and just live, versus trying to control and stop and start life. deeeeeeeep sigh. thank you for the reminder Jamie. I can better deal with those heavy hitters or misunderstandings, holding onto’s, and annoyances, all of which I don’t want to hold onto.

    love love love

    • thank you! to me, the challenges and triggers in my life that set me off are designed, scripted and cast BY ME especially to move this constipated, accumulated block in me – difficult people and situations are actually astral laxatives – and it feels vulnerable, like a small constipated child – so we stop, hold it’s little hand, and hum a bit….

  2. exactly!!! I thought I could just ignore the feelings, like they would just go away, but to acknowledge and appreciate them, and to process them without trying to overschedule, stop, start, turn my life, brilliant! I love and welcome the triggers and challenges. with open arms. and I’m armed even better to walk through them. xoxo

  3. I like to do a pranayama exercise in these moments, and breathe into areas of tension. It quickly makes me feel human again if I’m feeling really shitty and it’s energising. My favourite place to do it is on the tube.

  4. This is brilliant. I love “ice to water. water to steam” — I’ve been playing with the practice of releasing tension and this gives an excellent visual/sensual image. Thank you, you international diamond smuggling outlaw of creative juiciness, you.

  5. God…I need this so much . I hold on ………and PUSH….OUCH !
    Maybe handy if I was escaping from a burning car …but even then to be relaxed would help ! When I slow down, ‘let go’ and breathe , all falls into place. Self care rocks !
    Thanks for the reminder….cos I need to practice MORE of what I teach and let myself of the hook too…….
    or I end up with the short straw and it is SELF inflicted ….by my lovely self !

    So ALL TOGETHER NOW ……..1…2…3…Lots of kisses for all that SEE,
    no need to hurry , just chill with ME ……and YOU …..and HE….and She …! XXXXXXX

  6. Beautiful mate…..before my children all jump on me with their needy, full on, full nappy, morning expression, I have learnt to rise half an hour earlier and sit with the stillness and magic of the new day….I am then fully charged with deeper clear mind and more loving self, to give fully to their and my sleepy woman’s needs….

  7. I’m rubbish at this!!!…hold on, no, to date I have not managed to do this with any consistency. A couple of years ago I was at a retreat when the ‘Mindfulness Gong’ was beaten at random and infrequent intervals. It was a bloody brilliant reminder, and I still carry that memory in my being…..I just keep burying it in my now daily and ‘busy busy’ life. Oh for the Mindfulness Gong. People who know me feel free to send me Mindfulness texts?! …….and Jamie, thank you for your Mindfulness Blogs! xx

  8. I try to focus in something that is important, or interesting or funny, by using action. So I, for instance, begin to play with my son and at the same time, I say to myself, “This is my energy. This is important. This really needs my attention. I am this. My life is this.”

    By the way, this book is being like a medicine to me nowadays:
    “The Tao of Peace” – by Diane Dreher

  9. What you share is incredibly helpful, sometimes they outline just where I’m at… when I don’t recognize the space. I am loving my parts, the energy, the learning, the feeling, I treasure it. I love to smile and feel into it and our connection. Wholeness, practical magic…I want to carry it with me, all ways. Much love.

  10. I find a cup of tea helps. Not really drinking it, I frequently pour away cold tea, but just making myself stop and sit down through the day.
    I’d be worried if I tried the ice / steam thing. Hang on, I’ll try….. *Muse vaporises*

  11. Hey Jamie, have you ever been gonged? My friend is training in gong bathing people, it’s supposed to dissolve blocks too, although I like your melty suggestions. Apparently in the gong-bath, your body just takes what it needs from the frequency of the sound of the gong…I’ll let you know when I get it done.:)

  12. […] “The genius Taoists constantly give their full presence to scanning their whole body, locating any blocked or hard-to-describe discomforts, whereupon they say ‘Ice to Water, Water to Steam’ and literally use their imagination to SEE that place dissolve and the steam leave their body”. ~ Jamie Catto (see his full post here) […]

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