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  1. Not doubting the accuracy of said article, merely the veracity of Mr Feldenkrais's assertion wrt the idiotic nature of instructions aimed at breath work. He seems to have overlooked the value somewhat, perhaps not realising the majority could well enjoy better health simply by creating awareness around breath regulation, enough just to adopt simple techniques and make these habitual. For example, noticing how stress is exacerbated into a loop by habitual shallow breathing (with the lungs) as opposed to the more natural, stress-busting, karma-releasing way of abdominal breathing. As with basic mindfulness too, actually. Given his reputation I thought maybe he was misquoted saying that breath work destroys breathing. Sounds quite extreme, imo. Which then prompted the consideration of all the various fields of mundane endeavour that require extraordinary approaches towards manipulating the breath as a primary tool for developing higher levels of endurance, focus, pace, and for overall performance development. But correct mastery cannot be emphasized enough, more so viewed in light of using pranayama as a primary step in the development of a subtle energetic field of being. Despite it all, the risk of harm is ever present, and a stark reminder jolted me yesterday when I got news that a friend, a veteran triathlete who's fully dedicated to the sports, who trains daily, passed away on Sunday in the midst of a competition. He started to falter during the swim leg - developed increasing breathing difficulty leading to loss of stamina, then went downhill quickly from there. Even timely intervention from medics at the scene, and later at the hospital, did nothing to keep him alive.
  2. Haiku Chain

    me, I got me none time-travelled out to 'me' land feels like home to meee
  3. Mr Feldenkrais mustn't have been familiar with extreme sports breathwork training then, especially freediving.. "How to hold your breath for 5 minutes in 1 month – Freediving training." (From a freediving website) Nor this https://www.webmd.com/balance/what-is-breathwork Its possible he meant wrong instructions destroy breathing.
  4. Haiku Unchained

    in being straw dogs be happy you got the bone too much meat is bad
  5. Haiku Chain

    it was always so abandon sickness of will there is no boatman
  6. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    The limits of language become obvious when we realize how we can describe in words our perception of a phenomenon, but not the phenomenon in and of itself. ~ Tharchin Zangpo
  7. Haiku Chain

    the joy of madness whirling dervishes galore purveyors of bliss
  8. Haiku Chain

    my bright gilded cage a penny arcade since June missing a jukebox
  9. Haiku Chain

    I might tell the truth when I run out of space in an empty cage
  10. Love, Loving-Kindness, Bonds, Attachment

    True, perhaps with the only exception being the careless kind, according to Wham.
  11. Can be a side effect, but not exclusively one. There are specific practices (quite a few) within the main schools of Tibetan Vajrayana and many more available due to the numerous sub-sects within those main schools. Because of this, instead of presenting my personal (biased) take, I'd recommend some readings which are available online. These are quite elaborate commentaries, and may not suit one who's not a seasoned practitioner of mantrayana. Its challenging, but at the same time, informative and elaborative enough to address some of your questions. * One's Own Body of Pure Channels and Elements - Naomi Worth * The Practice of the Dream Body - C. A. Muses * Highest Yoga Tantra - Daniel Cozort * Tantra: Concepts, Energy-Winds and Lineage - - - from the website of Berzin Archives * Death, Sleep and Orgasm: Gateways to the Mind of Clear Light by Jeffrey Hopkins There are more, but the above ought to be quite sufficient material to enable a better grasp from a Vajrayana pov what the cultivation of the central channel entails. Its pretty nuanced, and would require a certain degree of maturity in practice to sieve through it all to obtain clarity. None of the articles cross-ref with Taoist esoteric philosophy and practice, but enthusiastic readers can certainly draw their own correlations, and probably will. But personally, I'm a stickler for authenticity, so no mix and match for me. This 15 minute video may offer the important initial foothold pertinent to whats being discussed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVVq9Bts1KA
  12. Esoteric traditions and the practices therein rarely conform to mundane 'facts'. Part of the fun is finding out, thru experiential insights garnered from practice, is that what's been accepted as 'natural' or 'factual' was actually nothing more than an attitude and mindset determined by deeply ingrained, constrictive habits bound up in body, speech and mind - these in turn feed the delusion of "I, me and mine", a regressing cyclical phenomenon informed by neurotic fears and doubts. In dream work it's like being mired in quicksand, escaping, only to fall into another, and another... before suddenly waking up bewildered, drenched in cold sweat.
  13. đŸ˜… He was such a massive name back in the 80s. Majorly popular all over Asia, and a bit. Couldnt walk into any pub or karaoke in those parts without at least one of his hits being heard.