Immortals Breathe through Feet
Ordinary people walk, not focusing on what they do. Their thoughts soar somewhere far outside the body, so the mind, spirit and energy are dissonant. Ancient Taoist proverb says: "Make after eating a hundred steps - and you will live up to a hundred years".
Ancient Chinese compared human legs with roots of trees. As well as healthy trees need healthy and strong root system, legs, which give support to our body, must be stable and strong. "A real man breathes through his feet, and ordinary people - throuh a throat. A real man lives in accordance with all things, and no one knows what is his limit. A real man lives righteously and does not try to please anyone. People are willing to model themselves on him. Now what we can say about who is at the beginning of all things and who accomplishes unified transformation of the world? " - said the ancient sage Chuang Tzu.
Taoist Suitsu Han said: "Feet breathe steadily and continuously, gently moving". In this case, "breathing" means energy exchange between the body and the ground. "Wisdom comes through the legs", - said ancient Taoists, which has even deeper meaning - to follow the path of Tao.
Chinese often notice that Europeans jump while walking. It indicates their concentration only on mind and absence of a harmonic attunement with surrounding nature. "A fool takes his wisdom from the top of the head" - ironically joked ancient Taoists.
One of the basic rules of Taoism and Buddhism, qigong and all styles of martial arts states that a disciple should find a deep reservoir of vital energy within himself. This area is located below the navel, in China it is called "dantian", in Japan - "hara". Exactly there all the energy potential of a person is focused. A man with developed dantian is focused on a harmonic merger with natural origins, and even steps thoroughly. The main secret of proper walking is in harmonic combination and natural exchange of energy of the body ("small universe") with large space.
If you want to be healthy, slow the aging process and prolong your life, you must learn to accumulate in your body enough of life energy and continuously maintain its harmonious circulation.
To control the movement of life energy, you must learn to breathe through Yong Quan points ("gushing spring"), which are "gateway" through which life energy of the body can be replenished and controlled by energy supply from the earth.
Yong Quan point is located at a distance of one third of foot from the base of toes (in the hole between II and III metatarsals).
Don't rattle feet as beetle-crushers - grope the ground!
Stand with your knees slightly bent and take a firm position. Now take a slow breath and simultaneously pull up the anus, more mentally than physically, directing life energy into the groin. Exhale, "pushing" dirty, sick, waste energy and directing it into the ground. During inhalation you should imagine that you absorb earth energy through the Yong Quan points, and during exhalation - release it into the ground. Practice this exercise until this type of breathing will be natural for you.
Now we can move on to breathing in movement.
Chinese call this exercise "Qi Gong in motion" (sinbugong) or "Tai Chi step" (taichibu).
Take a right "Archer" position (Figure 1). Inhale, drawing chi through the Yong Quan point located on the right foot (Figure 2). Lower the right foot onto the ground, returning to "archer" position, then step forward with your left leg and "exhale", releasing qi into the ground, taking a left "Archer" position. Repeat this exercise with the left foot.
Slowly roll from heel to toe to use the entire surface of your foot, which should make trusting sensitive contact with the ground. Regular practice can ensure that the feet become soft and pliable. Focus attention on the sensations in your feet. Do you rattle them as beetle-crushers , or grope the ground? Do not move the weight of the body with sudden jerks.
Raising and lowering of legs should be free and easy, and the steps should become soft and creeping. This prevents unnecessary muscle tension.
The ancients said that "legs are the basis of changes", and if you want to "step like a cat," then "pay attention to change of emptiness and fullness". Constant moving of weight from one foot to another very impressively implements the principle of constant changes (hua).
It is necessary to clearly differentiate "emptiness" and "fullness" and to avoid transferring the center of gravity on both legs (so-called "doubling weight"). When the body weight is shifted to the right leg, then it is considered "full", and the left - "empty", and vice versa. However, this does not mean that "empty" leg is deprived of weight - it is just unloaded (bent leg carries most of the load, while the other is naturally straightened). In a slow and smooth movements weight gradually shifts from one leg to other. This allows you to keep your body in a dynamic equilibrium.
Exhaling, send your energy through the foot outward, and inhaling - absorb energy from the earth. It's like a fishing net that is being thrown and pulled.
Respiratory rate should match the rhythm of walking. For example, those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases should use slow rate of steps and breathing. For those who suffer from lung diseases more fast rhythm of steps is recommended.
Breathe through feet: inhaling, imagine that the ground qi flows inwards through Yong Quan points, and exhaling, imagine how sick, dirty, spent qi comes out through the same points and soaks into the ground.
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