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Your FREE exercise of the week.
This week’s exercise is not strictly speaking, an “exercise”. We are going to spend some time meditating before using an acupressure point that helps to balance the emotions. For this session you really do need to find a quiet place in your home so that you can clear your mind and effectively concentrate and visualize.
Begin as usual sitting comfortably in a chair, feet flat on the floor, hands in your lap and back fully supported by the back of the chair. Breathe in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times and concentrate on the movement of your breath before you begin.
Now, imagine a hot air balloon similar to the balloon shown above. You can design your balloon any way you wish, any color, any design for the envelope as well as the shape and size of the basket that hangs underneath.
When you’ve established the design of your balloon, begin to put your negative emotions, experiences and encounters one at a time into the basket. Hot air balloons have weights resting on the ground or the balloon is tethered to prevent it rising before the pilot and passengers are ready. Once you have tucked your problems into the baskets, release the tether and watch as the balloon slowly rises into the sky.
At first, your balloon clears the tops of the trees, then rising higher into the sky. Eventually the balloon becomes just a tiny speck until it completely disappears from sight along with the problems you have been dealing with that have put your well-being in jeopardy.
Nos, relax again and breathe in and out a few times through your nose while concentrating only on the movement of the breath in and out of your lungs.
Anterior Summit (GV 21):
- You can find the acupressure point GV 21 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points. (If you haven’t purchased this book yet, do so as soon as possible. You’ll treasure it as much as I do.)
- Press firmly on the point with a couple fingers of both hands for no less than a full minute while breathing in and out through your nose.
Benefits: This very effective acupressure point will help to release negative emotions and resolving psychological conflicts while calming the spirit.
Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty. Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.
This week’s health article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120913123629.htm
This week’s quote:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”
― Helen Keller