The Belt meridian provides stability to the energy of the body. From a physical perspective this meridian has a strong correlation with the deep abdominal muscles and connective tissue that surrounds and wraps around the abdomen, quite literally supporting and protecting the area of the dantien (and the digestive organs). It is important that we get this meridian active before moving on further with our energy meditation.
This Week’s Meditation – The Belt
- 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 circulating energy in the microcosmic orbit. Once you have the energy in the dantien active and the microcosmic orbit circulating you can move on to the next step.
- Lead some energy from the dantien forwards and out to the belly button. Keep your awareness here until you can feel the energy clearly in the area of your belly button.
- Little by little begin to lead the energy to the left and around your waist until it links back to the point where it started.
- Once you have the energy circulating in this pathway, little by little make the pathway broader so it becomes more like a wide sash or even a corset which wraps around your waist, circulating energy and supporting and protecting your dantien.
- 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.
This illustration gives a depiction of the belt meridian, but as with all the meditations what is most important is your own sensation and perception of the meridian. Similar to the microcosmic orbit, imagine this meridian as a little below the surface of your body.