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Lesson 1: Introduction
Stop doing what you are doing right now.
Without altering anything at all sense how you are breathing right now:
- do you breathe in-out-in-out-in-out...
- do you breathe in-out and pause - in-out and pause - in-out and pause...
- do you breathe in and pause and, breathe out - in and pause and, breathe out...
- do you breathe in and pause and out and pause - in and pause and out and pause...
What is your breathing like? (take time to notice what you are doing)
Where can you sense that you are breathing? (take time finding out)
- between your shoulders (shift your attention there and stay for a while...bringing
awareness to a place means often, that something is beginning to happen)
- under your armpit
- at the side where your floating ribs are
- in the small of your back
REST for a while but notice whether there is any change in the way you are breathing
Resting during a lesson means: to sense whether what you did brought about any kind
of change anywhere. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PHASE.
For many people to notice any change at all is not easy and in the beginning, may be totally elusive. People with not much time, or those who feel that they have to "run" all the
time, find this especially annoying to start with. But allowing
yourself time: just for once - may teach you that
doing things in a hurry does not necessarily mean, that you are doing them fast! It is by
becoming more and more aware of what you are doing, that improvement takes place ... on more
than one level.
By the way: It is best to do the "exercises" with closed eyes ... as every blind person
can tell you, when you start to see internally, all your senses are more alert.
What did you do with your lips whilst you attended to your breath?
- Were your lips soft as though they could be ready to smile whenever you wanted to
And how is it with your teeth?
- are they clenched
- is there a space between your upper and lower teeth
Are you neglecting your eyes?
Can you sense your eyes right now
- do they feel large
- like a baby tomato
- like a plum
- like a walnut
- like a hazlenut
Can you sense the weight of your eyes
- sitting in the eyesockets which were so brilliantly fashioned to house them
- and do you still breathe
And: without altering anything at all
- how do you sit right now?
- on the front of your pelvis - the pubic bone
- the back of your pelvis - the tailbone
- are your straight
- bent down
- do your muscles need to hold you up
- and if so: which?
It is those muscles that need to hold you upright that probably cause you pain!
Or the muscles that hold your head so it does not drop off, that cause your neck
and shoulder pain....
REST and CONSIDER!
- Do you feel in any way different?
- Has anything of this caused you to be surprised?
- Would you like: to help your eyes, to improve the way you sit, the way you use yourself,
get rid of many aches and pains, improve even the way you look at things, then:
VISIT THIS SITE OFTEN!
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