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The Daily Sip:
Sitting and Standig Upright: Open To Your Child's Boundless Love
most of us, our posture could be much better. This is especially
the case when we are sitting. Too often the body hunches, caving
in the shoulders and chest. As a result, our breathing is restricted
(if we are breathing at all) and the energy swirling around and within
our being is blocked.
It's no surprise that yoga, Pilates, and
other practices that involve stretching are becoming so popular.
Among their many, many benefits, spiritual, emotional, and
physical, one core feature is that the body is opened and the breath
Adjusting my posture
I send my thoughts to my child
love is as open
As the sea
Today, when you find yourself hunched over the computer
screen, or desk or table, or walking with shoulders collapsed and
a sunken chest, adjust your posture. Doing so, you will
expand your lungs and be able to inhale more deeply. Feel the
rush of air filling your lungs. Allow your belly to expand.
you adjust your posture and breathe, open awareness to the presence
of your child in your life. Your child may be inches away or
in an unknown place. Sense your child breathing freely and fully
and appreciate your child's potential to feel and express love as
boundless as the sea.
You have the same capacity.
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