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The Body’s Center: How the Hara, or Center of Gravity Functions in All Body Practices

In the realm of body practices, there exists a fundamental concept that serves as the anchor for balance, strength, and movement coordination. This concept is none other than the “Hara,” often referred to as the core or center of gravity. Whether you’re practicing yoga, martial arts, dance, or any physical discipline, understanding the significance of the hara is crucial for unlocking your body’s full potential and achieving optimal performance. In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of the hara, exploring its functions and importance across various body practices.

Body Mechanics, Hara and Healing

Body mechanics in simple terms is how we use and hold our bodies in our day-to-day lives. In technical terms, good body mechanics means using the body’s strength to the best mechanical advantage to do a task efficiently and without injury. Sometimes, this involves manipulating the way in which a task is done.

Body mechanics are utilized in day-to-day tasks from sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, bending, sleeping, and so on. The aspect of compensation falls into this category too. Meaning, if there is any form of incorrect compensation while doing an activity, we can throw out our entire body’s balance

and the result is pain. This will be explored in section three. The most common form of pain, when one has poor body mechanics/ incorrect compensation, is back and neck pain. Back muscles are used in nearly all movements and even a slight abnormal stress on a muscle can pull the spine out of alignment.

Dr. Masaru Emoto: How Emotion Influences Water

Water, the elixir of life, has been revered for its purity and essential role in sustaining all living beings on our planet. Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher, introduced a fascinating perspective on water’s properties by studying the influence of human emotions on its molecular structure. His pioneering work in the field of water crystal experiments has sparked both wonder and controversy, captivating the minds of many. In this article, we will delve into Dr. Emoto’s ideas, exploring the impact of emotions on water and the implications it holds for our daily lives.

Water, Weeping & Emotional Regulation through the Grieving Process

Also known as a natural antidote to counter-balance and tame other elemental emotions, water symbolizes compassion, healing, purity, impermanence, strength, flow, and emotions. In many cultures, water is considered to be a powerful source of cleansing and purification in body and mind. With the above said, the act of shedding tears is one of the ways in which the body can cleanse itself from pent-up trauma. Unfortunately, often crying is seen as a sign of weakness, however, many people are unaware of the power tears hold.

Communal Healing: How the Grieving Process Connects Community

Communal Healing: How the Grieving Process Connects Community.

Grief is an inherent part of the human experience, transcending cultural boundaries and affecting individuals and communities alike. In many societies, the process of healing from loss is deeply intertwined with communal support, offering solace, strength, and a shared space to navigate the intricate journey of grief. This article explores the significance of communal healing, focusing on the isiXhosa and isiZulu peoples of South Africa, as well as the ancient Dagara way of grieving in West Africa.

After Enlightenment, the Laundry – the Zen Experience

Enlightenment, a state of profound spiritual awakening, has been sought after by individuals across different cultures and religions throughout history. In Zen philosophy, enlightenment holds a special place, often portrayed as a transcendent experience that brings about profound transformation. However, the Zen masters teach us that the journey doesn’t end with enlightenment but rather continues into the fabric of everyday life. This article explores the concept of “After Enlightenment, the Laundry” and how mundane tasks can become a Zen experience.

Convalescence and Meditation

Convalescence is the gradual process of recovery in gaining back one’s health and strength to return to some or original form of functionality. The term has mainly been used in the past for chronic illness, however, the process of convalescence can be from an acute injury, surgery and even mental illnesses. The term is often used for the later stages of recovery.

Walking the Path of Zen: Routines of a Buddhist Practitioner

Buddhism is a way of life that is followed by millions of people worldwide. Zen is a major lineage within Buddhism. One of the most important aspects of Zen Buddhism is the practice of Zen meditation. Zen Buddhism is known as the direct path to self-realization as meditation is central to the practice of Zen.

Zen meditation (zazen) is a way of training the mind to focus on the present moment, without judgment. It is a powerful tool for reducing stress, increasing overall wellbeing. Ultimately, zazen is a self-realization practice. In this article, we will discuss the routines of a Buddhist practitioner and how they incorporate Zen meditation into their daily lives.