Simple Exercises for Meditation & Relaxation

Written by Universal Psychic Guild

Modern city living piles onrepparttar stress in every conceivable way, withrepparttar 122255 fast pace of living we all have, stress slowly builds up creating headaches, stiffness inrepparttar 122256 neck and back, high blood pressure, indigestion and so on. Physical stress will leaverepparttar 122257 body uptight and tense, diminishingrepparttar 122258 appetite andrepparttar 122259 ability to sleep.

Mental stress is much more serious, for when we are mentally stressed,repparttar 122260 adrenal glands are activated and adrenalin is pumped into our body, giving us continous energy. Unfortunately overworkingrepparttar 122261 adrenal glands due to constant mental pressure will, inrepparttar 122262 long run, create a serious break down in your physical and mental health.

The following exercises aim to relax any physical tension and stress, they are simple exercises to do and will relax and calm you .

* First get your self comfortable, select something to lay on, make sure it is not to soft or hard, roll up three towels, place one under your knees,repparttar 122263 small of your back, make sure it is not to high and that it does not create an arch in your back, although it must give you support, andrepparttar 122264 last towel is placed under your neck.

* Make surerepparttar 122265 room is quiet and warm, your clothes must be loose and comfortable. Now, take a deep breathe and while holdingrepparttar 122266 breathe in, tense every muscle in your body as hard and tight as you can, increaserepparttar 122267 tension as much as you can, then breathing out, relax totally. Wait a few seconds, and repeatrepparttar 122268 process, focus onrepparttar 122269 words Let go, Relax. Do this up to four times.

You will feel your body sag asrepparttar 122270 tension releases, there will be a pleasant sensation of tiredness.

Cultivating Ki Flow and Mindfulness, Manifesting Mind

Written by Charlie Badenhop

Starting Line

This article isrepparttar second in a three part series. In my first article in this series I talked about "Energy, Spirit and Mind" and introduced how these terms are used in Seishindo. In this article I am going to talk about how to cultivate "ki"repparttar 122254 energy that isrepparttar 122255 source of all life. If this isrepparttar 122256 first article in this series you are reading, you might want to first read my last article, so you have a better understanding of how we think about "ki" in Seshindo.

No one has absolute knowledge (except through faith) of where ki originates from and no one knows where our personal ki goes to after we die. Ki springs fromrepparttar 122257 depth ofrepparttar 122258 universe as well as fromrepparttar 122259 depth of our soul. The way of ki is a gigantic and fascinating mystery, and one that is well worth exploring. In studying ki we can come to a deeper understanding of ourselves, our relationships, andrepparttar 122260 world we live in. Our study of ki can help to liberate us as we become better attuned torepparttar 122261 music and poetry of our heart and soul.

Having an experiential understanding ofrepparttar 122262 nature of ki leads us to encounter a natural, creative intelligence, that far transcendsrepparttar 122263 abilities and powers of any one human being. Ki isrepparttar 122264 common denominator we share with all of life. I believe that ki is essentially, expansive, mutable, and supportive of life, and that it can adapt to an endless variety of forms and functions depending on how it is received, shaped, and utilized by our system.

I wrote above that ki is "supportive of life" and I want to explain this a bit more here. Ki supports life when our system is able to let it flow unimpeded, like when when our immune system spontaneously heal wounds or illnesses. Ki also hasrepparttar 122265 potential to be destructive in nature when it's flow becomes either stagnant or blocked, as inrepparttar 122266 case ofrepparttar 122267 body being ravaged by cancer. Noguchi Sensei,repparttar 122268 man that developed "Noguchi Sei Tai" (a Japanese system of health management) used to say "Illness is due to excess energy being trapped inrepparttar 122269 body. The strongerrepparttar 122270 illness,repparttar 122271 more energy there is trapped." One ofrepparttar 122272 main purposes of Noguchi Sei Tai is to facilitaterepparttar 122273 release of excess energy held inrepparttar 122274 body so thatrepparttar 122275 body can operate freely, and without impediment. This is also one ofrepparttar 122276 main functions of Seishindo. Whenrepparttar 122277 body is stable and able to move freely, our thoughts patterns and emotions will be stable and flowing, and health and emotional balance will be fostered. In my first article I wrote "The quality of our life is not dependent onrepparttar 122278 circumstances we encounter. The quality of our life is dependent on what we learn fromrepparttar 122279 circumstances we encounter." In this issue I will say, "The quality of our life is not dependant onrepparttar 122280 quantity of ki available to us. The quality of our life is dependent on our capacity to maintain a free flow of ki throughout our system." Our belief system, as well asrepparttar 122281 way we facilitaterepparttar 122282 generation and flow of ki within our system arerepparttar 122283 major determinants ofrepparttar 122284 quality of our life. Free flowing ki energizes and nourishesrepparttar 122285 body. Blocked ki can damage us and weaken our ability to adapt. The cultivation of free flowing ki is thus an important activity to explore becauserepparttar 122286 manner in which we cultivate, use, and expend ki, is what determines our health and well being, and who and what we become over time.

One ofrepparttar 122287 main functions of Seishindo is to help people cultivaterepparttar 122288 ability to be calm, fully present, and feeling one's emotions and bodily sensations, withoutrepparttar 122289 need for internal dialogue. When we are at one with our self and our experience there is no need for internal dialogue, for there is no "other one" to talk to. Present in one's body, present in one's brain, and aware of and connected to one's emotions andrepparttar 122290 environment, but not requiring or engaging in internal dialogue. This is a very special way of being. A way of being that can help us to fully actualize our self inrepparttar 122291 world. This is a way of being that can help us to deeply connect to our ability to respect, love, and heal, self, other, andrepparttar 122292 world around us.

Main Course

At every moment in timerepparttar 122293 ki within your system speaks to you via a somatic language that is as refined, systematic, and complete as your verbal language. This transformation of ki into somatic language isrepparttar 122294 basis ofrepparttar 122295 non-cognitive wisdom that we call "intuition." Becoming fluent in this language can help you maintain your health and well-being, foster more heartfelt relationships, and assist you in expressing your creative and healing gifts when working with others in various contexts. When you do "just enough" and nothing more or less, you will createrepparttar 122296 context for your body to be structurally balanced, flexible, and free to move. This isrepparttar 122297 way you are designed to be, and at such times your ki flows freely. Structurally balanced, flexible, and free to move and change, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

We have a chemical-electrical-muscular response to events, other people, circumstances, andrepparttar 122298 intake of energy via food, sunlight, water, and other sources. People further react to: presently occurring events, thoughts about possible future events, memories of past events, and internal dialogue. To a large extent,repparttar 122299 responses we have torepparttar 122300 energy we encounter and generate are dependent on: 1. The way we use our body (structure, movement, flow). 2. Our system of beliefs, and 3. The default neuromuscular biochemical pathways that we have developed over time due to a tendency towards habitual reactions.

The changes that take place in our body and brain are highly systematic in nature, and these changes determinerepparttar 122301 quality of our emotional responses, and our ability to think in a creative manner. Something occurs, and we spontaneously feel, think, and react in a specific manner, all of which leads to our somatic-emotional experience. Forrepparttar 122302 most part we have limited awareness and understanding of what actually changes within our system, to cause a change in our somatic-emotional experience. We generalizerepparttar 122303 "feeling tone" of our experience and we give these generalized feelings rather unspecific verbal labels such as "happy" "in love" "ill" "hungry" "depressed."

You can think of our various somatic-emotional reactions to life as "recipes". Increaserepparttar 122304 blood pressure ever so much, restrictrepparttar 122305 flow of blood torepparttar 122306 extremities a certain amount, increaserepparttar 122307 speed of your heartbeat, induce certain chemicals intorepparttar 122308 bloodstream, breathe more shallowly, and think about what could go wrong, and you have createdrepparttar 122309 recipe for "fear." We each create these somatic-emotional recipes outside of our conscious awareness, and withoutrepparttar 122310 conscious knowledge of whatrepparttar 122311 "contents" of each recipe are. Most of this activity is coordinated by what in Seishindo we call "somatic intelligence,"repparttar 122312 intelligence ofrepparttar 122313 mobile brain withinrepparttar 122314 body. The task we face when wanting to live a balanced creative life, is to heighten our ability to senserepparttar 122315 components that make up our various somatic-emotional recipes, so that we can continue to adapt and maintain a system that is expansive, balanced, and free flowing. When our system facilitatesrepparttar 122316 free flow of ki, we maintain a state of health, well being, and creativity.

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