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Lower abdominal breathing with mind-directed energy flow:
- Begin as usual by sitting comfortably in a chair your feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
- Breathe in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times while clearing your mind by concentrating on the breaths.
- You may want to place your hands on your lower abdomen to be certain you are breathing with the correct part of your body. Breathe in through your nose and visualize the energy moving up your spine, over the top of your head to about the mid-point where the One Hundred Meeting Point is located (see illustration below).
- Breathe out through your nose and visualize the “fountain” of energy flowing back downward to the base of your spine.
- Continue breathing in and out through your nose for at least 6 complete breaths with visualizations.
One Hundred Meeting Point (GV 20):
- Locate the acupressure point labeled GV 20 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Press firmly with the fingers of both hands while you breathe in and out slowly through your nose for 6 to 12 breaths.
- While pressing on this point, close your eyes and concentrate on the rhythm of your breaths.
Benefits: In relation to the problem of occasional or chronic insomnia, this acupressure point helps to calm the spirit and clear the brain. Whirling, worrisome thoughts are the most common causes of insomnia. Use this point just before bedtime when you’re ready to settle down for the night.
This week’s health article: http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/options-for-overcoming-insomnia
This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.