Cultivating Ki Flow and Mindfulness, Manifesting Mind

Written by Charlie Badenhop

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1. There is a dynamic life force (ki) which pulsates through each of us. Most people have developed a tendency to inhibitrepparttar flow of energy and movement created by ki when presented with challenging situations. Whenrepparttar 122254 natural flow of ki is inhibited,repparttar 122255 natural flow of information available (images, sounds, feelings, and "solutions") is also inhibited. Allowing a free flow of energy and movement throughout our system facilitates a free flow of information and thus high quality learning and adaptation.

2. Ki flows best in a system that is balanced in structure, porous, flexible, expansive, and well oxygenated. Therefore in Seishindo we suggest any and all physical exercises and mindfulness training that helps you to accomplish just such a state. This isrepparttar 122256 kind of state that increases your resilience, adaptive and healing powers, and energy flow. Aikido, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Gyrontonics, and various Seishindo practices are excellent for this. The idea in all of these practices is to increase your awareness of what is taking place inrepparttar 122257 moment, while entering into an experience where you "stop stopping" yourself, and your thoughts and reactions transcendrepparttar 122258 limitations of your habituated "everyday" pace and rhythm. When we use more of all of our self and less of any one part of our self, our system will tend to be healthy and highly responsive.

3. Breath moves ki and delivers oxygen torepparttar 122259 system. Oxygen and ki are highly supportive of health, well being, andrepparttar 122260 formulations of solutions. Every thought we have and every emotion we experience, affectsrepparttar 122261 flow of breath and thus ki, within our system. When we are able to maintain a relaxed breathing process appropriate torepparttar 122262 situation at hand, we maintain a free flow of ki, our emotions tend to be balanced, and our thinking tends to be solution oriented. There are many different disciplines that offer various breathing exercises. Any well conceived breathing exercise will be extremely helpful in "training" you to maintain sufficient amounts of oxygen in your system. In my last article I presentedrepparttar 122263 Heartbeat Breathing practice. You can find this practice here.

4. Under normal life conditions, when a system receives a "shock" it adapts and rebalances. Extreme life conditions such as trauma result in extreme adaptations, and quite oftenrepparttar 122264 rebalancing part of our recovery does not take place. Usually during times of traumarepparttar 122265 person's energy, musculature, and thought patterns "lock" part way throughrepparttar 122266 cycle of experience, andrepparttar 122267 natural and necessary rebalancing back to center, does not occur. When we blockrepparttar 122268 natural flow of ki in our system, we blockrepparttar 122269 flow ofrepparttar 122270 "river of life." Meaningful and lasting change requires shifts inrepparttar 122271 autonomic, peripheral, and enteric nervous systems, to occur. Such change requires a provoking ofrepparttar 122272 natural wisdom ofrepparttar 122273 body and its capacity to re-balance so that we releaserepparttar 122274 locking of our musculature, and a new higher level of systemwide organization can be allowed to unfold.

The Noguchi Sei Tai exercise of "Katsugen Undo" offers an excellent method to help releaserepparttar 122275 system so that you can once again open up torepparttar 122276 possibilities of life, and facilitaterepparttar 122277 free flow of ki within your system. (More on this later.)

5. The response of "dissociation" or numbing our ability to feel can be quite helpful as an anesthetic under conditions of pain and extreme helplessness. Such responses however become detrimental to our overall health and well being when they are adopted as a generalized response to potentially painful or frightening situations. It is natural for our system to releaserepparttar 122278 anesthetic of an operation after and hour or so, as our system comes "back to life." It is also natural to releaserepparttar 122279 dissociative patterns learned when feeling helpless or in pain, so that we can enter back into a life of pain AND pleasure, sorrow AND joy. We need to discover a path for entering back intorepparttar 122280 flow of life so we can regain access torepparttar 122281 full range of emotions that are available to a healthy emotionally balanced individual. Whenrepparttar 122282 sensation of flowing ki is anesthetized we lose our ability to feel intorepparttar 122283 ebb and flow of our experience. Heartfelt supportive relationships are of great benefit here in helping us to trust that it can be safe to feel again.

6. Whatever we avoid, whatever we are unable to feel and bring our awareness into, does not change. When our system does not change, our ki becomes stagnant, and our life force is weakened. When working to re-claim parts of ourselves we have lost contact with we will do well to begin by gently feeling each and every part of ourselves, so that we can eventually come to know that we are whole. Every part of our self is worthy of loving attention and when we bring loving attention to injured or neglected parts of our self, we fosterrepparttar 122284 flow of ki, a softening ofrepparttar 122285 body, andrepparttar 122286 opening of our heart. Various mindfulness exercises such as meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Aikido, can be very helpful in this regard.

The challenge of living a heartfelt healthy life is threefold: 1) Gain conscious awareness of how you generate your somatic-emotional experience. 2) Recognizerepparttar 122287 ingredients ofrepparttar 122288 somatic-emotional "recipes" you generate as a result of your experience. 3) Changerepparttar 122289 recipes you create, and thus change your relationship to your experience and your life "story". If you are able to changerepparttar 122290 habituated and highly specific somatic-emotional reactions you have to events you will transformrepparttar 122291 way you express your emotions, think, and react.

In order to assist each person in being able to change their consciousness we have developed various practices. These practices are designed to makerepparttar 122292 transparent aspects of your experience more obvious. The practices help you to notice and effect changes in various aspects of your experience that were previously outside of your conscious awareness. By taking part in these practices you will learn how to intuit and react torepparttar 122293 seed somatic-emotional experience that formsrepparttar 122294 foundation of your verbal explication of life. In order to cultivate ki, cultivate mindfulness. In order to cultivate mindfulness cultivate a love for all that lives, and all that you are and aren't.

Over a period of time by performing mindfulness practices, you will also be more likely to understand how to help others change their experience as well.

Charlie Badenhop is the originator of Seishindo, an Aikido instructor, NLP trainer, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapist. Benefit from his thought-provoking ideas and a new self-help Practice every two weeks, by subscribing to his complimentary newsletter "Pure Heart, Simple Mind" at .

The Maker of Maps - a metaphorical tale

Written by Adam Sargant, Dip.H.Ed (Nursing Studies), Dip.Hyp.,NLP(prac)

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As he wandered, his muscle grew hard, and his body lean and tanned. His face became lined and radiated a peace and a gentle silence that filledrepparttar people he met with quiet awe and reverence. Yet none of this he noticed.

When he came to a new town, he would tellrepparttar 122253 people there of his travels, and he would illuminate his stories with pictures and maps of his own making, drawn both on paper, and inrepparttar 122254 air with his arms as he told his tales. And he started to notice a strange thing; that when he came into a new place, people seemed to know him, and to have been waiting eagerly for his arrival. Audiences would gather to hear of his travels, and he would leave behind maps and pictures forrepparttar 122255 people, never taking them on with himself in his journey but always starting out anew with fresh pencils and plain paper.

As he continued to wander, he came to realise thatrepparttar 122256 maps he carried in his memory would guide him better thanrepparttar 122257 maps he drew on paper, because they could change, and in winter, would have snow and ice, and in summer, fields and desert. So he started to tell his audience that they did not need his maps, thatrepparttar 122258 maps that they carried in their heads were much more useful, because they would change, but onlyrepparttar 122259 children seemed to understand, and so he would still leave maps and pictures forrepparttar 122260 townsfolk wherever he wandered.

Time went on, and although he had not forgotten why he had leftrepparttar 122261 city, his purpose became less and less important to him.

Over time, he noticed that people seemed to treat him differently. The children would rush toward him still and clutch at his clothes, begging to hear his stories, andrepparttar 122262 adults would welcome him into their homes, offer him work and give him food, but there was a change. There was an air of hushed reverence and deference in their treatment of him and gradually this came to trouble him. One day he stopped at a village that he knew well, andrepparttar 122263 people ofrepparttar 122264 village welcomed him with their usual love and respect, but he asked of them "Why this change? For many years now I have travelled, and I've come through your village, and you have always welcomed like a brother, but this, this is different. Why do you now treat me like a?" and he paused, lost forrepparttar 122265 word.

"Magus, you do not know?" asked one villager. The answer troubled him further, and he shook his head, sorepparttar 122266 villager lead him torepparttar 122267 village meeting hall. There, inside, and surrounded by people, lay one of his maps, left behind from a previous visit. The villagers parted to let him through, and he approachedrepparttar 122268 map, only to noticerepparttar 122269 most curious thing. When he was here last, he had drawn a map ofrepparttar 122270 land in winter, with snowcaps and frozen lakes. This, this was a map ofrepparttar 122271 land in summer, all green fields and flowing rivers. He peered closer, and was surprised to see movement. If he looked closely enough, he could seerepparttar 122272 meeting hall. And if he looked closer still, he could swear that he could almost see intorepparttar 122273 hall itself, and see himself standing surrounded byrepparttar 122274 awed villagers. He laughed out loud.

"Do you see, Magus?"repparttar 122275 villager asked.

"I see nothing" saidrepparttar 122276 Maker of Maps, kindly, "I see only what I have told you all along, but onlyrepparttar 122277 children understood." and with that, he picked uprepparttar 122278 map, and tore it into little pieces. He turned torepparttar 122279 villager, placed his hand uponrepparttar 122280 villager's head and asked "And who hasrepparttar 122281 best map, now?"

Adam is an NLP practitioner and Hypnotherapist, as well as a mental health nurse with over a decades experience. He is passionate about the use of language to effect change, and about the ability of people to maximise their own potential.

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