When you start relaxing, start from the circumference – that is where we are. We can start only from where we are. Relax the circumference of your being – relax your body, relax your behavior, relax your acts. Walk in a relaxed way, eat in a relaxed way, talk, listen in a relaxed way. Slow down every process. Don´t be in a hurry and don´t be in haste. Move as if all eternity is available to you – in fact, it is available to you. We have always been here and we will be here always. Forms go on changing, but not the substance. Garments go on changing, but not the soul.
The first step in relaxing is relaxing the body. And you will be surprised that if you approach any part of your body, it listens, it follows you – it is your body! With closed eyes, go inside the body from the toe to the head searching for any place where there is a tension. And then talk to that part as you talk to a friend. Let there be a dialogue between you and your body. Tell it to relax, and tell it, “There is nothing to fear. Don´t be afraid. I am here to take care – you can relax.” Slowly slowly, you will learn the knack of it.
The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 1, Talk #8