three-part practice is intended to stimulate harmonious flow of seiki
within the system.
all the basic exercises, choose a time and place where you are unlikely
to be disturbed. Take off your shoes. And ensure the floor/ground is both
comfortable and warm. Do not practice this on cold floors/ground, do not
practice in the cold, generally.
with your hands resting palms down, on your thighs.
and become loosely focussed on the natural rhythms of your breathing -
'watching the breath'. Do not seek to consciously breathe - merely be
aware that you are breathing effortlessly.
Inhaling, move your hands out to each side, close to your armpits, allowing your elbows to raise as you do so.
Begin to exhale steadily, at the same time brushing slowly & firmly down the side of your chest, down your torso and along your thighs, to your knees.
As you reach your knees, smoothly begin to inhale again, whilst slowly raising your hands from your knees in a wide vertical arc up to chin level, then back to rest high on your chest, to seamlessly repeat the process:
Exhaling as you firmly brush down to your knees, then inhaling as you trace the wide vertical arc back up to chin level, coming to rest on your upper chest.
Maintaining an attitude of steady focus, continue the brushing action until you have completed a total of 18 repititions.
Lower your shoulders and bring your elbows in close to your sides, with your forearms/hands pointing forward at a 45% angle.
relaxed, focus your eyes on the tips of your middle fingers, and allow
yourself to be fully conscious of any sensations that arise in your fingers,
thumbs and palms.
Maintain this state of awareness for as long as you feel comfortable.
[During the practice of this particular exercise it is not uncommon for students to experience 'pulsing' sensations or sensations of almost imperceptible motion - and not only in the hands.
Some may experience actual spontaneous movement, such as a mild 'rocking' motion.
This is nothing to be concerned about, and - provided the student is comfortable with the phenomenon - any such mild spontaneous movement should simply be acknowledged and permitted to 'act itself out' whilst the student stays with the sensation, maintaining a state of focussed awareness.]
this exercise, loosely shake your hands out by your sides, take a few
© 2002 James Deacon