What the Lower Dantian Is and Why It’s Pivotal to Your Training
The lower dantian (or chakras) are a series of energy centers located within our bodies. They are considered to be vital energy reserves which support life functions such as breathing, heart rate, digestion, blood pressure regulation and many other vital functions. These energy centers have been called “the most mysterious part of the human body” .
Dendrites (also known as the “lower third”) are small branches of nerve cells that branch off from the main brain stem and run along the spinal cord. They contain a large amount of nerve fibers, making them very sensitive to subtle changes in mental states or emotional stressors. The dendrite acts like a relay station for sensory messages sent down from higher centers of consciousness.
In addition to being the primary source of our physical energy, the lower dantian also contains the energy center associated with emotion. The chakras above the head, including those at the base of our spine and in various parts of our heads and neck, are associated with emotions. The lower dantian is considered to be responsible for regulating moods and emotions.
How to Develop the Lower Dantian
It takes time and consistent practice to develop the lower dantian – just like any other skill. The lower dantian is closely linked with our emotions, so you might notice that your mood can affect your ability to connect with it. Some days you might find it easier to access than others. It’s important not to get frustrated when this happens, just keep at it!
It’s a good idea to keep a regular meditation practice. Try to make it a habit, as this will help you to establish a solid connection with your lower dantian. It can be helpful to learn how to meditate with the help of an instructor or coach. A good coach can provide encouragement and assistance if you get stuck along the way.
Remember: consistent practice will allow you to make the most progress!
The Lower Dantian and Your Well-Being
Most people can benefit from learning how to work with their lower dantian energy on a regular basis. This type of energy work can help you to establish greater control over your emotions, improve your physical well-being, and integrate your mind and body in new ways. As you learn how to work with the lower dantian over time, you will see that you are able to handle stressful situations with more ease.
The lower dantian plays a key role in maintaining a healthy energetic flow in your body. It is important to take care of this energy center just like you would any other part of your body. Fortunately, working with this area is simple and easy for just about everyone. This is why it is such an important part of energy work!
If you want to find out how to work with your lower dantian, keep reading. The rest of this article will teach you all about this important part of your energetic anatomy. You will also learn how to tap into this center to promote well-being, health and relaxation.
Exercises for the Lower Dantian
Before you begin, create space for yourself to practice. Find a comfy chair that you can sit in with good posture. You may want to put on some comfortable clothing that won’t distract you with tightness or itchiness. Make sure you won’t be disturbed during your practice session.
You are going to engage in two different exercises to open and balance your lower dantian. The first is called the Lower Dantian Breathing Technique, and the second is called the Mental Lower Dantian Massage.
Both exercises will help you to place your attention in your lower dantian. You will notice that this area feels different than any other part of your body when you place your attention there. It may seem fuzzy, still, or dark. Some people feel sensations in their genitals related to sexual arousal. This is normal and nothing to worry about.
As always, if you experience any discomfort during these exercises, just adjust your position and continue.
1. The Lower Dantian Breathing Technique
This first exercise is all about breathing. As you know, this is something that we do all the time, and most of the time we aren’t really paying much attention to it. In this exercise, you will learn how to direct your breath into your lower dantian. This will help you to establish a presence in this part of your body.
Begin by taking a comfortable position in your chair. Make sure you can sit up tall without feeling any strain on your back or neck. Now close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, filling your belly and chest as you inhale and releasing any tension as you exhale. Once you are comfortable, begin to shift your focus to your breathing.
As you breathe in and out, follow your breath all the way through from beginning to end. Notice the point where the air enters your body, either through your nose or mouth. Note the way it moves into your lungs, spreading slowly through each lung. Follow the air back out as you exhale, watching as it leaves your body.
Now direct your attention toward the bottom of your lungs, that part of your chest where it meets your abdomen. As you inhale, feel the breath fill your lower dantian first. Visualize this area filling with the same dark, hazy energy that fills your lower dantian. As you continue to breath, this dark energy will spread out through your body, moving up into your shoulders, chest and head. Most importantly, however, is the dark energy in the bottom of your lungs.
Feel it spread out through your lower dantian like a warm blanket over a still lake.
Continue this breathing pattern for several minutes. With each inhale, feel yourself filling with this dark, energetic presence. And with each exhale, feel it spreading outward. As you continue with the exercise, you will feel your body start to tingle a bit. This is perfectly normal.
As always, if at any time you feel uncomfortable, distracted or any other negative feeling, just adjust your position and continue.
The dark energy in your lower dantian acts like a battery for your entire energetic system. By focusing on it and filling it with more energy, you can achieve greater things with your meditation and energy work.
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