Post title: can someone recommend some stretching program to get closer to full lotus? (from Tao Bums)
(Jan 21 2010 at 11:00 AM)
I thought my experience would translate into progress at the lotus, but after a lot of years, I decided I would have to figure it out, instead. So here s the story: as Carl Bielefeldt translated a master s words in the first edition of Dogen s Meditation Manuals, "seated meditation is not holding still". The fascia and ligaments of the body can generate muscular activity, involuntarily, if they are stretched sufficiently. Since the muscles and fascia are basically in pairs, the action of posture
Post title: straighten the clothes and sit precariously
(Dec 30 2009 at 01:18 PM)
The Tai-Chi teacher Cheng Man-Ching mentioned an ancient Chinese description of meditation in one of his books: straighten the clothes and sit precariously.
When I sit, I remind myself that the two respirations (pulmonary and cranial-sacral) utilize the occurrence of consciousness to coordinate the activity of posture, and that relaxation and calm can allow the sense of location in the occurrence of consciousness to open nerve-connections to the surface of the body.
The activity generate
Post title: ...about full lotus
(Dec 3 2009 at 06:47 AM)
(Response to the thread "What is so special about full lotus?" posted by effilang, in the Discussion Forum on Tao Bums)
This morning a second question has occurred to me, and that is: why do they sit 40-50 minutes in the lotus, when most hatha yoga postures are only assumed briefly?
My answer would be, because we work loose, first the sacrospinous ligaments, then the sacro-tuberous ligaments, and finally the sacro-ilial ligaments. We work loose by settling in and accepting the stretch tha
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