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Mark Foote
Post title: How I sit the lotus (from "Tao Bums")
(Dec 2 2011 at 12:18 AM)

I stretch both legs, first one then the other; I just wait until I can grab my toes and then ease a stretch on the hamstring until I feel I can breathe. I suspect it's years of half-lotus on both sides that now enables me to get into the lotus, but there are specific coordinations that I call to mind to stay in the lotus and relax. The hamstrings and the quads reciprocate activity out of stretch, and that puts a stretch on the ilio-tibial tract. Stretch in the tract generates activity in the sar

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Mark Foote
Post title: On the full lotus, from "Tao Bums"
(Nov 29 2011 at 09:28 AM)

I'm not well-educated in Taoist lore and practice. .

I have taught myself to sit in the lotus. I sit 40 minutes in the morning, and maybe 20 at night. My understanding would be that the two autonomic respirations, pulmonary and cranial-sacral, use the sense of place in the occurrence of consciousness to effect reciprocal innervation in the fascia and muscles of posture. This just means that the stretch in the fascia on one side of the body generates nerve-impulses to contract muscles to reli

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Mark Foote
Post title: Shunryu Suzuki, "Don't Spend Your Time in Vain"
(Nov 28 2011 at 11:57 AM)

"I don't know why, you know, I am [laughs] in Tassajara [laughs]. Not for you or for myself, or not even for Buddha or for Buddhism. I am just here laughs . I cannot- You know, I don't feel so good if-even when I think I have to leave Tassajara in two-three weeks, I don't feel so good. I don't know why [laughs]. I don't think that is just because you are my students. I don't think so. I do not have any particular person whom I love so much [laughs]. I don't know why I have to be there. I have

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