The macrocosmic orbit circulates energy not just within the torso and head but also out to the extremeties of the arms and legs. This is an important circulation for making the physical body healthy, strong and resilient.
This Week’s Meditation – Macrocosmic Orbit
- Get into a comfortable position for your meditation
- Begin your session with a few minutes of breathing in an 8:4:8:4 rhythm (refer to week one instructions if necessary)
- You can briefly go through all the previous meditations you have already done as part of this course at this point if you wish, otherwise you will begin by gathering energy in the dantien and then allowing this energy to spread to fill the entire body
- Bring your awareness to the soles of your feet and send some extra energy there so that the sensation of energy becomes stronger.
- Guide the energy up the outside of your legs, up the back of your torso, out your shoulders and backs of your arms to the palms of your hands. You can also circulate some energy up over your neck and head to your face at the same time.
- Let the sensation of energy build in your hands and face for a moment before guiding the energy along the inside of your arms to your chest, down the front of your torso and inside of you legs to the soles of your feet again.
- Once you are comfortable doing this, try to maintain a constant flow of energy through the body without pausing at the fee and hands and face.
- Finish by bringing your awareness back to the energy in your dantien for a little while, and by focusing on some 8:4:8:4 rhythm breathing.
It is not enough to just fill the body with energy, it needs to circulate. Like stream water the energy of the body remains fresh and healthy when it is constantly moving but can become polluted and diseased when it sits still. Practising the macrocosmic orbit circulation will make circulating your body’s energy out to your arms and legs an unconscious habit over time, helping to keep them healthy and strong.
This meditation can be a little difficult to do to begin with if you are sitting in a cross legged position, but it is definitely useful to do the meditation in this position rather than shifting to another position for it as it will help to overcome the problem some people may have of their legs ‘going to sleep’ in this position. The ‘going to sleep’ comes from pressure on nerves and reduced blood flow in the position – or in other words stagnant and reduced energy flow, this meditation will help your body to correct this so you can maintain good nerve activity and blood flow in your legs while sitting this way.