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Mark Foote
Post title: isolating the motion of the sacrum
(Oct 22 2010 at 11:28 PM)

In my experience, the lotus is about isolating the motion of the sacrum. I like John Upledger's explanation of that motion, based on his own research and the theories of cranial-sacral osteopathy: the skull bones, the spine, and the sacrum flex and extend with changes in the fluid volume of the dural fluid (ten cycles a minute, Upledger says here: An Interview with Dr. John Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.).

Isolating the motion of the sacrum is imp

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Mark Foote
Post title: what I am as where I am
(Oct 18 2010 at 12:13 AM)

I think for me there is no path without personal necessity, and somewhere inside I have always believed that mindfulness depends on the necessity of mindfulness. In the Gautamid's teaching, the "setting up of mindfulness" always began: "sitting down cross-legged and holding the body upright, (one) sets mindfulness in front (an odd translation?); mindful (one) breathes in, mindful (one) breathes out". To me, this means in particular that only through realizing my personal necessity to hold the bo

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Mark Foote
Post title: response to Rainbow_Vein on Tao Bums
(Oct 11 2010 at 12:02 AM)

...the last few days I have been reminded of Chen Man-Ch'ing's practice description for the stage of man, mainly: relax from the shoulders to the wrist, from the hip joint to the heel, and from the sacrum to the headtop (in the Ben Lo Martin Inn translation, this is "relax the ligaments"; I don't think that's actually possible, as ligaments stretch and resile but it's muscles that contract and relax- nevertheless, I take the meaning as resting weight on the ligaments in such a way as to realize

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