SEIKA TANDEN 'PULSING'
Copyright © 2003 James Deacon
Tanden Pulsing' comes
from the loose 'conglomeration' of miscellaneous practices and
techniques referred to as reiryoku no michi:
"the Way of [connection with] Spiritual Power"
"the Way of the Soul's Power"
It is a highly effective practice for developing a sense of 'centre'
should ideally be practiced in the seiza posture, however,
for those who have difficulties with maintaining this position,
it can also be practiced either seated on a chair, stool or bench,
or in a cross-legged posture.
it can be practiced lying down.
with all the developmental practices, choose a time and place
where you are unlikely to be disturbed.
And wherever you are doing this exercise - indoors or out, make
sure (if seated or reclining on the floor) the floor/ground is
both comfortable and warm. Do not practice this on cold floors/ground,
do not practice in the cold, generally.]
this meditation lying
down, settle into a comfortable position, arms by your sides.
If practicing this meditation in a seated position, sit up straight
(comfortably so - no need for rigid military-style posture - this
will only impede the technique).
Place your hands either palms-down on your legs - or in your lap,
with left hand resting in your right palm, tips of your thumbs
your mouth loosely closed - jaw relaxed - place the tip
of your tongue lightly against your palate (be sure to
actually touch the roof of your mouth, not the point just above
You may find that with your tongue in this position you produce
more saliva than usual. Simply swallow gently as you feel the
your eyes and 'hara-centre'
yourself: focus your awareness on your seika
tanden - an area deep inside your body mid way between
your navel and the top of your pubic bone.
a few moments, simply 'be' - silently and restfully 'watching
the breath': loosely aware of the natural rhythms of your breathing.
There is no interference with the natural process - no seeking
to consciously breathe - merely to be aware that you are breathing
With your focus at seika tanden, allow yourself to become
aware of a pulsing sensation - the natural pulse of your blood
as it circulates deep within this tanden area.
your awareness of this 'tanden pulsing' become heightened.
Allow yourself to focus in on it more closely, filtering out any
other sensations that may compete with it - disregarding them.
Feeling only this singular '
in the seika
Really feel the pulse - be aware of its strength - its
Let the sensation wash over you.
In addition to the physical sensation of the pulse, you may begin
to perceive it - see it - as a pulsing light.
You may begin to hear it - a very particular frequency,
sounding throughout the seika
However you perceive the seika
pulse, stay with it.
Become one with it.
If your attention is momentarily distracted by other sensations,
gently ease it back to focus in the tanden
Maintain this awareness for as long as you feel comfortable.
Then, when you are ready, allow your attention to turn outwards
once more -
shake your hands out by your sides, take a few deep breaths, and
gently stretch your arms and legs.
Note: a very small percentage of people may find that they
become slightly uncomfortable or 'fidgety' while practicing this
meditation. If at any time you experience even the mildest sense
of discomfort, simply end the meditation and go do something else.