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Lesson 96 -
Spinal Breathing Startup Review (Audio)
Date: Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:09pm
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Q: My question is about what I should expect to
experience during Spinal Breathing. I do not visualize well or easily, and
it's very difficult for me to imagine anything moving up and down my spinal
column, as I cannot yet feel anything happening. I sometimes talk to myself
during thisexercise ("... the light goes UP to my third eye ... the light
comes DOWN from my third eye... "). Sometimes I try to do it silently.
If I am intent on
IMAGINING the breath moving up and down the spinalnerve, is this sufficient?
I am concerned that in trying to concentrate I am becoming too tense. On the
other hand, I become caught up in the challenge of trying to move the breath
up and down my spine, and I usually find that I spend more time on pranayama
than I meant to (and I do enjoy it)! Can you tell from my description
whether I am doing this technique correctly?
A: Yes, you are doing
fine. Just continue imagining the breath going up and down inside that
little spinal nerve. It takes a while to develop the mental habit. Be easy
about it, like in meditation. If you wander off the spinal breathing, just
easily come back to it. There is nothing more to expect than that you will
continue that easy process. If other visions come and fill your attention,
just favor the practice of simple spinal breathing - breath with the
attention going up and down. No big effort at concentration is necessary,
and no big visualizations are needed. You should be able to let go of the
verbalizations pretty soon. It is best to be easy and relaxed with the
Review the lessons on spinal breathing in a month
or two and you can pick up some of the refinements. By then you will be
through the "clunky" stage and much smoother in your practice. In time, you
will want to add more elements of practice. It is all in the lessons. You
will know when you are ready. Just take it one step at a time, and be easy
with it. Make sure you always follow pranayama with meditation.
Something good is happening.
The guru is in you.
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