3-minutes Dao practices for everyday
A short inner Qigong practice is an effective antidote to stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It can help you to relax, recharge your energy and focus on the essentials - always and everywhere. Having to wait is a friendly invitation to a little practice. (A.Koenig)
Here is a detoxifying one for everyday life:
The first practice will help you in just three minutes to come to rest:
1.- Recharge your batteries:
Sit down relaxed and close your eyes. Imagine, as you breathe in, every pore of your body opening and absorbing new fresh energy, and when exhaling, it emits consumed energy. Breathe deeply into your belly.
2.- Refresh your brain - helps to get a clear brain, so new inspiration can arise.
Sit down relaxed and close your eyes. Spiral with your finger tips between your eye brows at the root of your nose, the "mid-eyebrow point". Imagine the sun is shining at your face. The warmth of the golden light relaxes the whole face. Now rest your hands in your lap. Breathe in golden light through the mid-eyebrow point into the "crystal palace" (see picture) and breathe out into your lower abdomen. Do this a few times. Feel the warmth in your abdomen and lightness in your brain.
3.- Warm up your centre - This practice helps to stay centered in our daily challenges::
Sit down relaxed and close your eyes. Cover your navel with your left palm. Make a fist with the other hand and place it on the spine opposite of the navel. Imagine golden light spirals right through your abdomen from your navel to your fist when you breathe out. Relax, when you breathe in. Next time, when you breathe out send the golden light spiraling to your navel and again relax when you breathe in. Do this a few times. Feel the warmth in your tummy and smile down to your navel.
Choose one of the "Little Meditations", invest 3 minutes and feel the difference. Enjoy :)
Refresh your brain & Spinal Cord Breathing
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Spinal Cord Breathing
An essential principle of the Dao is the timeless art of moderation. Give 70 % in all your actions. This is a big challenge in the modern western society. The Dao teaches don't go into the extreme. Western philosophy rather teaches to never give less than 150 percent. "No pain, no gain".
The living philosophy of the Dao suggests: Do not too much and not too little. The balance allows our body and mind to stay relaxed and we are able to integrate the fruits of your efforts. As more you relax, the more "Qi-energy", stamina, and strength you will have. Striving for 100 percent inherently produces tension and stress because as soon as you strain or go beyond your capacity, your body has a natural tendency to experience fear and to begin, even without you being aware of it, to tense or shut down in response.
This philosophy of strain and stress helps keep our generally over-scheduled, overwhelmed society in a state of anxiety. It is a root cause of stress syndrome, and a contributing factor of medical illness.
Give 70% energy into your actions
The core of the 70 percent rule is a creative art, not a science. It says you should use your full effort and energy, but not to the point of strain. Maintaining a natural comfort zone without using force brings the following benefits:
- you can absorb and integrate inside yourself what you learn more easily
- it enables you to start storing Qi, so that you have a reserve of energy.
- Moderation mitigates against internal resistance, which is inherently a survival mechanism against excess.
- enables you to grow and flourish more as a human being
- helps to connect with every each moment, the only place, which is real
A story from the Dao
The three truth of a human being:
- what man thinks about oneself
- what others think about him/-herself
- what life likes to unfold in ourself
What is true? What liberate us?
The Dao guides us to the third answer
What we think about ourself has to do with different points:
- our upbringing and our current experience
- beliefs, which we accept as truth
- desires, that never seem to fulfill themselves
- the answers, which life gives us as a response to our actions
Here is the story of the Dao:
The caterpillar transforms into a butterfly by itself. The caterpillar has nothing to do or to know. Life itself guides it to the cocoon and then to a butterfly. It is a natural process. Time unfolds the path itself. The Dao looks the same to mankind. The less man interferes, the easier our true Inner Self can be recognized. Mostly we have a special image about ourself and we try to control this image. This guides us far away from the real truth (even our spiritual paths can be a distraction). (Quote from Grasshopper)
Life itself might answer with strokes of fate, that rubs on our image about ourself. The more we want to change the natural process, the stronger that resistance may appear. The natural process when left unmanaged may appear very uncomfortable or painful.
One action towards our true self might look like this:
"Let us live simply in the freshness of the present moment, in the clarity of pure awakened mind" M.Ricard
Each moment we can decide to be different. We don't have to take the old burden from the past into this fresh moment, which is the present. We can stay open for this what life has to offer. This brings a wonderful freedom to meet each human being with a freshness.