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Mark Foote
Post title: Addendum to 'D. L. Bartilink, "No Special Effort", and the "Best of Ways"'
(Jun 11 2015 at 04:53 PM)

Gazos, Ano Nuevo State Park"The comprehension of the long and short of inhalation and exhalation can enter into the sense of place, and be embodied as the posture."


I've just finished a work, D. L. Bartilink, "No Special Effort", and the "Best of Ways", from which the quote above is t

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Normal Unfolding of Things
(Apr 24 2015 at 08:51 PM)

Big River, MendocinoA funny thing happened after I wrote my last post. I found myself observing my breath, not in terms of the movement of the diaphragm and chest, but in terms of activity around the fluid ball of the abdomen and support for the spine.

Here's the funny part: I began to comprehend the long or short of a given movement of breath.

Comprehension of the long

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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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