Yoga back bends: feels yummy on the autonomic nervous system

I've been using yoga as a main source of rehabilitation and recovery since I was bedridden. I began doing yoga while still in bed. Now it continues to be a primary source of continued healing. Lately I've been doing backbends and while all the yoga I do feels like it profoundly helps my nervous system, these bends have really been making me think about my autonomic nervous system and how it seems to be healing it. Tending to the autonomic nervous system seems like the most important thing I'm doing in all of my recovery practices. And indeed all of my recovery practices aid in this most important endeavor. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Be a healing presence: the Seiki switch

Words like 'seiki' and the 'vital life force' do not have to be limited to signifying physical energy and forces that belong to the laws of physics. Instead, they also can be regarded as poetic metaphors that hint at the wholeness of life and how it can be experienced. Accordingly, we do not reduce seiki to only being a physical energy. Though it may be felt as if it were an electrical force surging through the body, any reference to this experience as an “energy” or “force” is better taken as a holistic metaphor. In the same way that a person can poetically say that they have “fallen in love”, been “struck by God”, or “slain in the spirit”, seiki is a way of indicating heightened ways of feeling alive. Here we find that feeling remarkably alive contributes to being more alive. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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