BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self
by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.
Excerpt from Chapter 2 – “Core-Self Alignments – Postural Ease And Physical Balance”:
As we abide in the abdominal center-point of gravity and the still arising of core-Self in shikantaza and zazen-only, we cultivate the daily experience of postural ease by embodying an effortless spinal uprightness. By effortless spinal uprightness, I mean the Way that the still center-point of gravity naturally aligns all of our spinal vertebrae into an erect S-shaped curve without creating muscular tension or tightness. Our effortless spinal uprightness establishes the body of postural ease while allowing our vertebral column to remain pliable and always ready to withstand varying degrees of stress as we physically move and act in everyday life.