Microcosmic Orbit #18

I’m practicing the Microcosmic Orbit (MCO) , a Taoist meditation to accumulate Qi and allow it to flow through your body.
My intention is to do this for 100 consecutive days and see what happens. The goal is to increase the level of energy and develop a sense for that energy. Today I did the 18th session.
I have been warned not to do it for more than 10 minutes per day , right now I’m at 19 minutes. I have had some pretty strong mood swings but now I’m okay , feeling good.
I use the audio from this YouTube video.

This is how a session goes:
(The breating method I currently use is Taoist belly breating. When breathing in (slow and deep), only the belly expands – not the chest. At the out breath , the muscles in the pelvic floor are slightly contracted and the belly is allowed to return.)
I start by asking guidance from my Higher Self and focus on my belly , the area behind my belly button. I image a ball of energy there. As I inhale in sync with the audio , I imagine as lively as I can that love/light/qi/energy is flowing into my belly. I imagine the ball getting brighter as it accumulates energy. When I breathe out , I move the energy ball to the next spot as indicated in the video. Then , at the next inbreath , I draw energy into that spot and repeat the process.

I intend to switch to another Taoist breathing technique when I am completely comfortable with the current method.

Today I noticed that , when drawing energy into my body in a certain spot , say the 3rd eye (forehead) , I visualized this spot in my mind’s eye and pictured that energy flowing into that spot. I realized this is not optimal. I changed that and instead of picturing the body part in my mind , I moved my attention to the actual physical spot in my body where it is happening. This made it a lot more ‘alive’.

There are no strong energy sensations yet when I do this excercise , but sometimes there are subtle ones. I will give it time and try not to start the session with expectations.

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