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Mark Foote

Post title:  Sitting in the Full Lotus (comment, "The Tao Bums")

(Mar 26 2012 at 08:47 AM)



You can always sit half-lotus, or Burmese, meaning legs flat on the floor crossed in front. The movement of mind opens feeling, so long as you do nothing. The opening of feeling generates activity. I'm talking about the ability to feel, like when they run a pin down your leg to determine if vertebrae are pinching nerves in the lower spine; if your skin is numb in an area on the legs, there are charts to correlate that area with nerve exits between particular spinal vertebrae. So look for the movement of awareness to develop an ability to feel, right to the surface of the skin. This is the movement of awareness like just before you fall asleep; you can have this experience waking up.

The stretches at the sacrum are the limiting stretches. The sacrum moves forward and back, pivoting on the attachments to the pelvis; that's easy to feel. The sacrum also tilts left and right, and rotates counter to the pelvis; this morning I found it helpful to distinguish the vertical axis of the sacrum, meaning the motion of the sacrum around the centerline of the spine.

The place of mind, or the sense of location in the occurrence of consciousness- that's where waking up and falling asleep meets falling down:

"Do you ever wake up suddenly to a falling sensation and a strong muscle twitch just after you have fallen asleep?

This strange falling sensation and muscle twitch is known as a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch or 'Hypnic jerk'. If this has happened to you on more than one occasion, don't worry, you are not alone. Close to 70 percent of all people experience this phenomenon just after nodding off, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic.

Most experts agree that this is a natural part of the sleeping process, much like slower breathing and a reduced heartbeat. The occurance is well known and has been well documented. However, experts are still not completely sure why the body does this.

The general consensus among researchers is that, as your muscles begin to slack and go into a restful state just as you are falling asleep; your brain senses these relaxation signals and misinterprets them, thinking you are falling down. The brain then sends signals to the muscles in your arms and legs in an attempt to jerk you back upright. This misinterpretation that takes place in your brain may also be responsible for the 'falling' dreams that accompany the falling sensation. These 'dreams' are not really normal dreams, as they are not produced from R.E.M sleep, but rather more like a daydream or hallucination in response to the body's sensations."

(link to article here)

In my estimation you are looking for those signals that jerk you back upright to sit the lotus, while you wake and sleep with the place of occurrence of consciousness. Ok, maybe the signals are not quite as strong as that, but same principle, action generated autonomically because you are not holding anything, not doing anything in the face of falling down.

I would sit so that you can be half-way comfortable, and look for the sense of location as consciousness takes place.

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