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Mark Foote
Post title: Limbering Up
(Mar 7 2015 at 11:56 AM)

"Of late, I spend a few minutes when I first sit down doing what you suggest, letting attention go to the area of my sacrum and its movement vis-a-vis the ilia. I also rock back and forward, sideways, and observe the rotation that naturally occurs. Then I think of the basic Alexander Technique instruction, "Let my neck be free." etc. Once I've adjusted and settled in this way, I put my hands in the mudra, and start my zazen. I also use double mats below the cushion at home, or even bed pillows.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Bat on a City Street
(Feb 14 2015 at 02:06 PM)

batThe neuroscientists Olaf Blanke and Christine Mohr hypothesize that the sense of self is a function of the vestibular, ocular, and proprioceptive/tactile/kinesthetic senses.

I devote a lot of my thought to reassuring myself that it's alright to experience depth in senses other than the eyes and the mind, particularly in the proprioceptive and vestibul

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Breath Gets Cut Off During Meditation"
(Dec 24 2014 at 11:43 AM)

Someone started a thread on "The Tao Bums" forum with the title: "Breath Gets Cut Off During Meditation", and asked for "any advice (on how) to overcome it".

Yuanwu, the twelfth century Chinese Zen teacher and author of "The Blue Cliff Record", wrote:


"You must strive with all your might to bite through here and cut off conditioned habits of mind. Be like a person who has died the great death: after your breath is cut off, then you come back to life. Only then do you realize that it

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