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Meditative seat and Mechanics of Breath

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Meditative Seat

Seated on a cushion or in a chair:

Intro:

This is good preparation for any seated meditation.

Finding your meditative seat. Note this is the posture both physical and mental that should be held through your entire meditation.

  1. Sit upright, feeling a pull at the top of your head, le your chin tuck in slightly. Begin to circle to find your central point start with wide circles and when you have a sense of where your center then begins circling to a still and central point. this should take anywhere from 10-20 breaths

  2. Turn head to left, back to center, and then right with the breath. Inhale to center exhale to sides. The quality of movement should be as a glass bowl turning smoothly on velvet. In other words, smooth and even and relaxed. 10-20 breaths.

  3. twist waist the same way as twisting neck smooth and easy don’t force it, the idea is to enhance relaxation. 10-20 breaths exhale to the sides inhale to center.

  4. rock forward and back to find the center. this is done slowly and is a small movement just to find your center. 2-5 breaths

  5. rock side to side to find the center. The same as above to find your center. 2-5 breaths

  6. Three cleansing breaths: inhale through the nose ( if sinuses will allow) exhale through pursed lips, each inhale is deeper than the last for a total of three.

  7. Cross arms and then the arms move to whichever hand position or Mudra. For this purpose, arms outstretched backs of hands-on or around the knees thumb gently touching the middle finger.

  8. Stretch up and then let the body relax to a point three and a half inches below your belly button and inward.

 

Mechanics of breath: note: this can be a meditation in and of itself.

  1. three and a half inches below your belly button and inward you have a balloon the size of a ruby red grapefruit. As you inhale the balloon expands as you exhale the balloon collapses. Notice I didn’t say contracts! It is as if you are a passive observer watching the balloon expand and collapse as you inhale and exhale. Don’t try and control your breath just watch it.
  2. Right in the center of your head behind your sinus area suggest you have a big opening, you suggest to yourself this is where breathing begins and ends. as you inhale you follow the air down a long glass tube towards that ends at the balloon from above. as you exhale the air travels up the glass tube. You follow the air moving up and down the glass tube as you inhale and exhale.
  3. You suggest that the air around you is alive, maybe made up of tiny silver and gold threads. You suggest these threads are breathing you. They choose to go down the glass tube fill up the balloon and then go up the glass tube and out into the air around you. Your nose holes are just convenient openings the breath starts and stops in the center of your head.

 

 

How to end Meditation.

  1. Inhale and exhale through the mouth. Each inhale is a little deeper than the last. Total of three breaths.
  2. Twist head and neck with breath as you did when you started
  3. Stretch legs and rub them to get the blood moving again
  4. Then close Eyes and end the meditation, gently thanking yourself for doing something good for yourself.

 

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