How to Use Natural Sitting to Raise Your Vitality & Creativity
How can sitting GIVE you energy?
How much energy would you have if your body could rest in a dynamic fluid state all the time? Want to try it?
To get started, choose a seat that raises your hips so they’re a bit higher than your knees. You can sit on the edge of your chair, or put a sturdy wedge or by rolled-up towel under your sit bones. The sit bones are the bones you feel when you sit on your hands.
Feel all the sensations that are happening. Feel your bones, especially the bones in your feet, and your sit bones, and their weight on the ground and in your chair. I curl my toes inside my shoes or notice how my clothing feels against my skin to help me attune to sensation.
Imagine your feet have roots deep down in the ground, as if you’re a seaweed on the ocean floor. Your body doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined. This sense of support can help release a lot of muscle tension throughout the body.
Further imagine a cord pulling the crown of your head toward the sky. That same seaweed rising gracefully toward the sun. When you reach the height that’s right for you, your spine will relax even more and you will breathe more deeply and more easily.
Roll slightly forward and tall in your seat and feel the front of your sit bones. There is something magical that happens when we rest on the front of them. It’s as if the spine can literally begin to spiral tall like a cobra rising from a basket. With feet firmly planted, can you feel the subtle waves that happen in your body as you imagine your “cobra,” or your seaweed, moving skyward?
Next, activate the pelvic floor. Just a little squeeze, no need to clench or hold. This action can really heat things up. Imagine that your vital energy is a fluid moving from your seat, through your spine, to the crown of your head.
The next piece is waking up the area around belly button. I call this area the “fleshy” spine. No need to grip, just make sure that area is active, and seeking to connect with the boney spine. When the belly is responsive and the trunk of the body is active and flowing, our hips and shoulders can completely release soften. See if you can feel that.
The last piece is the resting of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Your whole tongue. See if you can feel the soft part at the back of the roof of your mouth with the back of your tongue. This area connects to the parasympathetic nervous system. This is how the tongue is designed to rest all the time.
Feel your awareness move to the back of your head, as if you’re thinking with the back of your brain.
Feel your breath fill your entire body. Feel yourself rise as if floating. This way of sitting, of “being” in the body, can feel amazingly buoyant.
Eventually, alighting our bodies with attention this way can become second nature, and sitting tall and in flow can begin to feel effortless. It can feel less like work and more as if you are being “taken” by a powerful force.
Maintain the image of a seaweed rooted in and rising from the ocean floor, or a cobra rising from a basket. Feel the flow! The impact of this dynamic, meditative & enlivened state on healing, strength and creativity is astounding.