If you gel with the idea of energising your body by internally spiralling your navel the whole day and night long and wish to take the experience to the next level, so that you’re experiencing the everyday through the eyes of the spirit, while simultaneously
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If you were reading the Weekend Wisdom Drop and Members' Wisdom Drop and got inspired to engage with the spiral movement intrinsic to all phenomena, the dance of the spirit, in order to spark up your inner vitality and magic flow, and wish to continue developing it, or indeed if you didn’t but fancy picking up on it now in order to make your Monday merry as you wend your way along life’s Great Thoroughfare, try indulging the old Taoist trick of spiralling your navel.
Describing the spiralling motion in words is unnecessary. Simply allow your mind to picture a spiral in motion. Then grab the image and drag it down below your navel and let it start to move you there internally, until you feel your navel spiralling inside by its own accord.
It’s a subtle movement no one else can see but doing it all day and night long, as often as you can remember, will stimulate the flow of chi in your body considerably and make you feel amazingly vital and engaged with world. Your levels of enthusiasm for whatever’s going on for you will increase and it will also improve the tone of your abdominal muscles surprisingly effectively.
And these are just some of the benefits of navel-spiralling.
May it serve you well and you find yourself dancing on air the whole day and night long.
Following on from the dance theme in the Wisdom Drop, wherein you gather yourself around and move from what the Taoists call your lower tan tien, meaning field of heaven within, if you wish to take it deeper and enjoy a proper internal dance within your skin, focus in on
One of the quickest, surest ways to break yourself out of the trance of the humdrum is to drum and another is to dance. Dancing doesn’t have to involve the ordeal of staying up all night sweating in a club, or waltzing at a tea dance. It can be done in the privacy and comfort of your own home and all you need is a room-based or personal stereo with which to transmit the sound of whatever beat gets you going and a small bit of space in which to stand with feet roughly at shoulder width, knees bent to act as shock absorbers and a willingness to breathe, relax and feel the rhythm and to express it as movement in your hips.
Feel the beat in your pelvis and allow it to move your hips, not necessarily according to the dance moves you’ve seen on MTV but according to the rhythm-responders in your own soul. And the movement doesn’t have to be a big one. it can all happen micro-style within your skin. The main thing is that you feel it move you from the hips.
Start by focusing on your navel and imagine a point on the floor between your feet. Circle your navel on the lateral plane around the point on the floor, in a similar way to the earth circling the sun 93 million miles away. Circle with the beat 18 times to the left to release stale chi from your system then 18 times to the right to induce a flow of fresh.
Having done so, allow the navel to circle round and round in any direction it wants and gradually let it cause your whole body to become involved, each part making circles of its own, until you’re nothing but a collection of circling circles moving to the beat.
I strongly recommend a pleasantly insistent beat at 166 bpm, enough to shake you out of any existential torpor. Otherwise something more dubby might do it for you. Who knows, it might even be Abba. The important thing is that it blows back your rhythmic hair and gets you to jump over yourself.
When you’ve done, take a moment to sit or lie down and feel what’s going on inside. Then draw your mind back into centre brain and watch the space between and behind your eyes for a while and you may catch a glimpse of the Tao.
May the Tao smile on you and all your moves today, tonight and through the weekend.
Take life easy doesn’t mean be a lazy bastard, it means choose the easy-mode option as you do what you have to do. It means fulfil all your obligations with excellence, being fully responsible and responsive as things arise to be taken care of, throwing your all into everything you do, bringing the totality of yourself to bear on every moment and every situation but doing so, having chosen the easy option, as opposed to the struggling-and-straining option, thus completing all tasks easily, without struggling or straining. So when confronted by a difficult challenge such as a huge workload, you tell yourself, “I choose to complete this challenge easily, effortlessly, enjoyably, excellently, swiftly and miraculously,” and if you tell yourself that with enough sincerity to believe it, that’s precisely the result you’ll get, because you’ll have agreed with yourself not to waste energy struggling with it or resisting it in any way.
The mechanism that enables this, once the choice has been made, is the breathing, specifically in slowing it down and being mindful of its ingress and egress, along with being mindful of relaxing your muscles and sinews and keeping your spine elongated so your head is held high and your vision bright as a result, while you set about doing whatever it is you have to do.
And it always works.
Say it a few times: I choose to take life easy – the easier I take it, the more I accomplish now.
And see for yourself how that alters for the better the way both you and reality perform.
May you and reality perform for each other in optimum mode today and tonight.
When you really want something or someone and you start thinking having it or them is even more important than your relationship with the Tao, you’re lost and need to find your way back to the path without delay, as no thing and no one out there can act as the source of existence for you – no thing and no one out there can give you the success you want. The source of existence and vitality is within you and you alone, as far as you’re concerned. The success you want can only arise from within you.
This doesn’t mean it’s wrong to want things or people in your life. It’s healthy to want but for the sake of sanity and perspective, it must be balanced by a willingness to let go of what you think life should turn out like, what you think it should comprise and who should be peopling it with you.
Let the Tao do that in the name of your highest good.
So whatever or whoever it is you want, say, “If it’s for the highest good, let this happen. If not, let something even better happen next,” and it will be so.
The Tao will always produce your highest good and will do so far more pleasurably and less painfully if you keep surrendering your will to it. Let happen what’s for the highest good and you’ll never get the feeling you’re missing out on anything again.
Set your intention for the broad based outcome you’re after: peace, abundance, health, love and so on and allow the Tao to take care of the details now, then sit back and watch the miracles happen.
May your day be marvellous with miracles.