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“Let the people have no cunning and no greed
So those who scheme will not dare to meddle.”
Tao Te Ching #3, translated at www.Taoism.net
This exercise involves breathing from the diaphragm and then expanding the breath throughout the chest cavity. We are again using the post-birth “cleansing breathing” method i.e., in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Breathing from the diaphragm:
Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Press your shoulders down and hold your head up high but without strain. Tuck your hips underneath so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
Hold one hand (or both) over your diaphragm so you can determine if you are breathing from the correct area. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, expanding your diaphragm with the inward breath and tightening that area when you breathe out. Breathe in and out for no less than 6 times.
Repeat at least 6 more breaths but this time allow your chest to expand along with your diaphragm.
(illustration courtesy of CirclesofLight.com)
You will find this point on the top of your foot (either foot) about 2 to 2 1/2 finger-widths inward from the inside edge of your foot in line with your 2nd toe. Click on the image above for a larger view.
Rub for about 60 seconds and then press firmly on this point for another full minute. Change feet and repeat on the other foot.
Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty. A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.
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