Focus your Energy

Focus

To focus your energy on the quality of wisdom, with your hands resting on your knees (palms be up or down) curl your forefingers and capture the tip of the nail of the forefingers with the pad of the first joint of your thumbs. The other three fingers of each hand are straight and close together. Your arms are straight, with no bend in the elbows, but they are not rigid. Your body is like a pyramid, balanced, symmetrical, and stable.

Inhale deeply through your nose. Feel as though you are pulling the breath down into your navel center. As the breath then starts to fill the lungs, your diaphragm will expand. You can think of the abdominal area like a balloon. Keep inhaling until your lungs have taken in all they can hold. Your chest will be expanded.

Keep track of the breath and feel it as it comes in and goes out. Breathe deeply feel the breath going all the way down to the navel point. When you exhale, empty the lungs completely. Use your total lung capacity, make every inhale and every exhale as long and full and complete as you can. It will soon take greater concentration to maintain the depth of the breath because as the breath slows down to the navel point. When you exhale, empty the lungs completely.

Use your total lung capacity, make every inhale and every exhale as long and full and complete as you can. It will soon take greater concentration to maintain the depth of the breath because as the breath slows down, the mind slows down also. and trends to put you to sleep. This principle comes in handy when you want to go to sleep at night. We'll take more about this in the chapter on Sleep. Try to stay alert and continue to make each breath full and deep.

Keep your abdominal muscles relaxed during long deep breathing. The abdomen will move naturally with the breath. It's the diaphragm that's doing all the work. Consciously feel yourself taking in and absorbing universal wisdom with each inhalation, and getting rid of doubt and absorbing universal wisdom with each inhalation, and getting rid of doubt and confusion with each exhalation. Continue for three minutes. See how peaceful and mentally clear your feel after only three minutes. See how peaceful and mentally clear you feel after only three minutes.

Of course, you can do long deep breathing for longer periods of time (eleven minutes, thirty-one minutes, or more, but as usual we recommend moderation. Begin with short sessions and gradually increase your time.

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