Physical Mental Emotional Balance
In the esoteric traditional teachings of yoga, we have multiple bodies, including the physical body, mental body, and emotional body. The easiest way to describe the harmony (or disharmony) between them is to imagine getting almost no sleep and still having to wake up and get to work at 0700 in the morning. As you are for your daily commute, your physical body is sitting in the vehicle facing forward, but your emotional body is facing another direction: it’s facing sideways with the desire to walk out the door and back to your bed, and your mental body is thinking a dozen different things.
This is also something that is found in tai chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well. While you can physically adjust your body through yoga under the principle that your mind will follow your body because they function as one, in TCM, the trick is to get your physical, mental, and emotional body aligned from step one before you continue, otherwise, you can’t have flow, which is very important in tai chi.
The Secrets of the Golden Flower Revealed
Here is a great technique to do that can be done any time before or after a yoga session, and a great meditation in of itself.
The first one is a derivative of golden flower meditation, simplified but not any less effective. Sit at the edge of your seat on the perineum (located between your anus and genitals). Keep your back straight but relaxed, your feet on the ground shoulder length apart and toes facing forward. Imagine a string holding up the crown of your head and running all the way in a straight line from there to your perineum. Eyes relaxed and gazing into infinity, open, not focused on anything. Your hands rest palm down on your lap, each hand on the knee of the same side. Put your tongue to the roof of your mouth (the soft part of your palate) and breath in and out into through your nose into your lower dantian (between your navel and groin, or navel and root chakras), allowing the abdomen to expand with every inhale.
All you are doing is breathing, and as opposed to other meditation practices that try to overcome the ego, this uses the ego as a tool and eventually, tires the ego out and unifies it. You may see some colors, you may feel light-headed, you might even feel a sway—this is normal. Your body is cultivating a lot of yang energy that it hasn’t before.
Do this for about twenty minutes or however long you feel appropriate, then start taking your right hand and dipping it up and down slowly in front of you, like it’s going in and out of the ocean, filling with yang chi or prana. As it fills up between the fingers, fingertips, and palm, place it palm up on your right leg, then do the same with your left hand and collect yin energy there. When both palms are facing up, bring them together into a ball of yin and yang, then rub it all over the body, head to toe, then to your internal organs. After you are done, repeat this process of making balls of prana two more times. The first time, you are unifying your mental body, the second, you emotional, and the third, your physical. When this is done, you will have generated more energy and unified your energetic bodies.
Just one go at this will be an aye-opener
If you do this before a yoga session, we won’t spoil the surprise—see how you feel when you do this and notice the difference. If you do this afterwards, the difference from doing it before is that you may find it easier to reach meditative state and be more sensitive to the sensation of prana than you would before if you are an absolute beginner for this form of meditation.
In either case, this is a great way to supplement your yoga sessions with meditation from our Taoist brothers and sisters.
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