Do your neck and back hurt? I bet this guy’s do too…
Is it any wonder why?I watched to see if it was just temporary, but while he (uncomfortably) shifted in his chair, he never actually sat up or even looked around to notice me noticing him.
It hurt just to watch.
He is not unique. In fact, he’s quite normal by today’s standards.
This next patron presents a totally different story .She noticed me right away because her head was up, eyes level, and mind alert.
She continued to hold excellent posture the entire time, which happened to be taking “forever” on this occasion. I imagined she was very productive in her work and that the quality was top-notch
Now, I hear what you’re saying:It’s exhausting. I try but it hurts. I’m just getting older. And so on. While these may be true now, with the right guidance and practice sitting straight and reducing the strain on your back is energizing, reduces pain, and makes you feel younger.
WARNING: IN CASE YOU DIDN’T THINK IT WAS ‘NATURAL’
One comment that I reject is that it’s not natural. I can accept that it may not feel natural for someone used to slouching, but if you harbor any doubts here’s your proof that sitting upright is totally natural.
It is not rigid nor does it require great discipline as was evidenced by this child.She maintained an erect posture throughout the meal, while being very active and well-behaved at the same time. She was centered over her hips with her head lifted high, effortlessly and with great joy! A treat to watch.
The goal is to reduce tension. Tension restricts the flow of Qi (Chi) leading to stagnations that are often at the source of many common ailments and chronic conditions. Our bodies will often lead our minds and chronic muscle tension further promotes frustration, irritability, and anger that we can all agree we could do without.
Good posture and breath are keys to reducing tension.