Sweeping The Breath Up And Down The Body

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There are many different relaxation exercises in the corpse posture that involve sweeping the attention up and down the body in coordination with the breath, usually from the toes to the crown of the head during inhalat ion, and from the crown to the toes during exhalation. You should breathe normally at lirst and then gradually lengthen the breath as relaxation deepens. Your greatest challenge will be to keep attentive.

There are many variations of this exercise. You can reverse directions and inhale your attention to the toes and exhale your attention to the top of the head. Or you can use your "breath" as a vehicle for traveling your attention to different parts of the body. The point of all such abstract relaxation exercises is less complicated than may at first be apparent: they are all tricks to hold the mind steady while the body relaxes of its own accord.

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