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Mark Foote
Post title: The Case of the Suffocating Woman
(May 2 2017 at 04:48 PM)

Gurley Lane MendocinoI'm reading "Embracing Mind", a collection of some of the talks Kobun Chino Otogawa offered at retreats (sesshins) between 1974 and 1993. Kobun offers some interesting comments about seated meditation, among them:

"It's impossible to teach the meaning of sitting. You won't believe it. Not because I say something wrong, but unt

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Clear Lake before the stormMy only success in these matters has come as a result of the study of Western science, yet I will be the first to confess that what matters most to me is the relinquishment of habitual activity, conscious or unconscious, in the movement of breath.

With the accent on relaxation, freeing the direction of mind, and the experience of cessation, I do expe

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This morning it occurs to me that I wasn't very clear, about reverse breathing.

I believe it's based on this:
ilio-lumbar ligaments

In a bent-knee posture, the spine is supported by the horizontal ilio-lumbar ligaments in exhalation, and by the vertical ilio-lumbar ligaments in inhalation. When support is realized relative to the direction of breath, the abdomen moves slightly outward on exhalation, and slightly inward on inhalati

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