Part 1: The Cure
Have you ever had an electric toe? It's quite an experience, unlike any other pain. You step on it funny and suddenly a shocking, excruciating pain shoots through the toe into the whole body and the brain contracts in the instant. It goes away and you think, ok, that was that, and then it happens again. After several repetitions you become like one of those freaked-out lab mice terrified of the next shock, seeming to have no control. Except that then you notice that getting tense makes it happen more!
Like other life koans, this was impossible to grasp. How could I possibly relax into something that made my body involuntarily seize up?