Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Relieve Stress With Recliner Chair Meditation Technique


Stress can exacerbate symptoms in POTS patients so it is really important to learn relaxation techniques. Therefore try the following:

Recliner Chair Meditation Technique

Sit in a recliner chair with the bare soles of your feet pressed against each other and your legs relaxed, knees pointed out to the sides of the chair. You can drape a towel or blanket over your bare feet for warmth. The hands can be locked together, laying comfortably in your lap, or pressed against the center of the chest, one on top of the other, on the center of the emotional heart. Your eyes can be fully closed or left slightly open, letting in just two small slits of light. If your eyes are fully closed be sure to keep the room brightly lit so that some light passes through the eyelids. Total darkness will evoke dullness and sleep, not meditation.Sit quietly for a period of between thirty minutes and one hour. While sitting, be gently aware of the breathing process felt at the belly. Feel your belly moving in and out slowly as you breathe. If you start to have distracting thoughts, simply bring your attention back to the belly and the process of breathing. Maintain alertness and do not let yourself drift into sleep.This meditation can be done once, twice, or even three times a day. After practicing this method for some time you may become aware of what the Japanese call the 'hara.' No one really knows what the hara is, but it may be related to the enteric nervous system. The hara is felt just behind and slightly below the navel as an ethereal ball of energy. When your consciousness is centered at the hara instead of in the head, your thinking process slows down and can even stop. When the thinking process slows down you relax deeply and experience pleasing sensations of spaciousness and comfort. Trying to stop distracting thoughts with will power alone leads to even more thoughts and a self-defeating inner struggle. By transferring your center of awareness to the hara, thoughts gradually disappear on their own, without any inner conflict.

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