Like a Bamboo In The Wind… the practice of mind/body balance

Bamboo

Moving and rooted…

Flexible and strong…

Grounded and light…

Always changing, always the same…

Being in balance…

To know it in your body is to be there in your mind.

Here’s a simple practice:

  • Stand with your feet hip width apart and knees slightly bent. Put your hands over your center – thumbs by your navel, palms resting on your lower abdomen, pinky fingers just above your pubic bone. You are now connected to your center of gravity – what in Yoga is the seat of Apana, downward flowing energy; what Qi Gong calls the Qi Center.
  • Direct energy from your center downward – through your hips, knees, feet – through the floor; your legs like roots growing into the ground.
  • Direct energy from center upward through and around your spine; the crown of your head the topmost leaves of a tree, reaching toward the sun.
  • Breathe into your center. Inhale – expand/exhale – release. Rest your mind on the rhythm. Respond – no assessment, no judgment – to the changes in balance created by breath.
  • Move from center, allowing the movement to create itself from the energy flow in your core – aware of the ways your balance is strengthened in movement. You are a bamboo in the wind – rooted and moving at the same time.
  • Settle into the quiet stillness of a mind and body in harmony. Rest on the energy that flows from center endlessly downward, and rises from center,  endlessly upwards.

Now you know. You can’t fix and hold balance any more than you can hold back the wind…

However, when your mind stays open to what is happening in the moment – every moment – your body naturally, effortlessly adopts to change, your center is maintained. And in movement – as in stillness – you are continually finding that balance within that is always somewhat different, yet always somehow the same.

 

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