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Today we’re going to try to clear our minds of whirling, agitated thoughts, known by westerners as “hamster-on-a-wheel” thinking or “monkey mind” by the Chinese. The movement of your arms guide the energy (ch’i) to the mind, allowing the annoyingly repetitious thoughts to flow out through the top of the head. The new energy that rises into the head will push out the old, stale energy that has trapped these thoughts in your mind. Give it a try!
Clearing the mind:
- Begin as usual by sitting in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor about shoulder-width apart. Make sure your back is fully supported by the back of your chair and sit up straight but without tension.
- Breathe in and out through your nose a few times before beginning the exercise to oxygenate and center your energies.
- Bring your hands together in a prayer position while breathing in through your nose.
- If possible, lift your hands above your head with your hands still pressed together.
- When you reach the highest point you can reach without locking your elbows, bring your arms out to the sides as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
- Return your hands to your lap and then repeat for 6 to 12 times.
Rather than using one of the standard acupressure points for this post, we are going to use head tapping to assist with the release of excessive thinking. Follow the steps below – they are very simple. You may use this tapping sequence any time you begin to feel agitated.
- Begin at the back of your head at the bottom of your skull.
- Tap with your four fingers up the center of your head to your hairline.
- Then, continue tapping along the sides of your head toward the back so that your fingers end where you began at the base of your skull.
- Continue tapping upwards and around the sides for 6 to 12 times while breathing naturally in and out slowly through your nose.