What Does it Mean to “Be Centered?”

  • Sit in a chair with the spine straight and bring both hands over the lower abdomen.
  • Breathe in and out through the nose. Breathing through the nose helps to cultivate more “qi” out of the air.
  • Exhale, all the way out to clear the lungs. During “normal” breathing, we usually only exhale 40% of the air out, which leaves little room to take in a deep breath. So, at the bottom of your exhale, see if you can exhale a little more.
  • Then, inhale down into the lower abdomen so that the belly expands. This allows the diaphragm to relax and air to move into the deeper areas of the lungs.
  • Again, exhale and squeeze the air out from the lower abdomen.
  • Then, take in a full deep breath down into the lower abdomen.
  • During this breathing exercise, keep the chest relaxed.
  • Visualize a golden ball of energy, like a small sun, growing in your lower Dan Tian. With each breath see this light growing brighter and brighter.
  • Practice for at least 3–5 minutes (10 minutes is ideal). Throughout the day, take one or two Dan Tian breaths to recharge your internal energy.
  • Enjoy.

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