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Where your authentic power lies! We are not fearful of anything, it is a learned behavior. Dantian, dan t'ian, dan tien or tan t'ien is loosely translated as "elixir field", "sea of qi", or simply "energy center". Dantian are the "qi focus flow centers", important focal points for meditative and exercise techniques such as qigong, martial arts such as t'ai chi ch'uan, and in traditional Chinese medicine.

Universal energy is known as dan, or elixir. Dan is said to pervade all things at all times and is the force which always nourishes the universe. Just as this energy exists in the universe, it also exists in people. The lower abdomen, i.e. the lower dantian is considered to be the seat of dan energy in the body. This area is not a specific one, but rather a general area that contains this elixir energy.

The function of this part of the body and the lower dantian is related to the concept that the kidneys and genitals are directly above and below the abdomen area. These two points are considered to be extremely important to the health of people over the course of their lives.

The genital region is associated with reproduction and creative power, and the kidneys are represent the ability of the body to clean itself. As such, the lower dantian between these two places becomes a center where there is a great deal of vital activity taking place which can decide the health of an individual.

The area around the lower abdomen is extremely important to the overall function of the body and mind. Not only does the area contain the majority of reproductive and digestive organs, it also contains the majority of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

The other two dantian are located in the centre of the chest and head. The chest is considered to be associated with breathing and the heartbeat. The head is considered to be associated mainly with the function of the brain.

Dantian Breathing Meditation:

Please sit back comfortably + simply feel the breaths coming and going from the body.

Step 1: Take a moment to sit down, lean back, close your eyes, and let the breath gradually come and go as it will.

Step 2: As you begin to relax, slowly place the feeling aspect of your mind into your lower Dantian and leave it there.

Step 3: If it moves, simply put it back, and don’t force it to do anything else.

Step 4: Stay like this for a few minutes and simply notice how it feels to breathe and keep the mind in the abdomen.

Step 5: When you are ready, gradually open your eyes and massage your face with the palms of your hands a few times.

Step 6: Observe how you feel, and repeat this practice often in order to begin building a solid foundation of relaxation and awareness from which to work

Stay Inspired!



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