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Monday, November 22, 2010

Hug Yourself, Smile and Breathe - a holiday stress-buster with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Have You Hugged Yourself Today?

With the holidays approaching, our stress levels rise along with our excitement. As a pre-holiday gift, here's a simple, self-help exercise from the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu that you can do any time to help yourself feel more grounded, centered, and energized. It's called "the Big Hug" and it looks like this:

Begin by sitting comfortably upright. Extend your hands with the thumbs upwards, and your fingers held horizontally together.  Now cross your hands in front of your chest, and then tuck your fingers into your armpits. Your thumbs should be on the front of your body, as shown in the left view of the photo below:

 The basic position is shown in the left view. If this is uncomfortable for you, modify the position as shown in the right view.

That's it! You may remain in this position for as long as you like. By doing this gentle hold, you are connecting all of the body's major subtle-energy flows. Sitting in this pose spreads total harmony and vitality throughout your being. If the basic hand position described above is uncomfortable for you, you can modify it as shown on the right in the illustration.

When you feel at ease with this sitting posture, you can deepen the practice by becoming aware of your breath. Mary Burmeister, the founder of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the West, has said, "We come into this world with an exhalation, to clear and empty us, so that we can receive. We never 'take' a breath. We 'receive' a breath."

While you are sitting in your Big Hug position, simply count 36 breaths. Begin by counting on the exhale: inhale, exhale - one; inhale, exhale - two; inhale, exhale - 3; and so on. Don't try to change or force your breath; just allow it to unfold naturally. If you lose count, you can either start again, or you can continuing sitting peacefully without the counting.
Counting to 36 represents a complete cycle of the body's fundamental rhythms. You can also do the count in four cycles of nine. Try this both ways, and see which works best for you. Practicing the breath-count, over time, will help your breathing become naturally deeper and more rhythmic.

After you spend some time sitting in the Big Hug posture and counting your breaths, you'll be feeling so good that you'll want to smile. Self-care should never be a rigid, serious endeavor. One thing we all need to remember is to lighten up. So let those mouth corners turn upwards, and show the world your peaceful, happy face!

One of my favorite teachings from Mary Burmeister is, "Be the smile." In fact, I often put this message on my voice mail! When I regularly practice self-help exercises like the Big Hug, "being the smile" is easy.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art of subtle-energy balancing for the body, mind, and spirit.  It is being used by thousands of people, all over the world, to harmonize their energies and improve their well-being. As a practitioner of this art, I provide private sessions with individual clients to help them relieve stress, gain vitality, and meet the challenges of daily life in way that centered, grounded, and collected.

Jan Burch is the Albuquerque-based owner/practitioner of Geo-Glow Consulting, offering Feng Shui consultations, intuitive readings, and vibrational healing with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Visit her website at www.GeoGlowConsulting.com


LadieJaye and Elegance Boutique said...

LOVE it! It's true that during the holidays we tend to focus on others more than ourselves. This is the perfect way to take a moment for ourselves and meditate.

Stephanie said...

Interesting post! The holidays can be really stressful


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