The essence of the MBX12 is in experiencing the flow of gentle movements that ride on your deep breathing. Done right, it has an effect of a gentle Tsunami in the body.
It equalizes the energy balance across the body, deep and shallow, shifting even the most deeply buried stiffness out to the surface and then out of the body. The waves of your breathing inside the body become calm, there is a rising peace. And that is the goal.
This experience goes through three stages: starting from a sense of root, passing through a sense of shifting, and completing with a sense of entirety.
A Sense of Root
A Sense of Root begins where your first attention goes. And where your attention rises, there is a counter-attention point at the opposite end. One point outside of the body and another point inside your body. They coexist simultaneously.
The mind naturally grasps both points by being in the middle of the two points. For example, if you stretch your arms out, to counter the heaviness of your arms and hands, some internal body parts react. Those parts can be the middle of the chest or the middle of the lower belly or somewhere else. Wherever that counterpoint might be, that becomes a central point of the force within and helps to anchor your body in the space. Simply, where there is an action outside, there is a reaction inside, or vice versa. These two points are physical.
Mentally, your awareness stays in the middle of those two points. Your awareness is flexible juggling all different ranges of forces that flow between them. Focused attention keeps you stable. Your attention needs to be shifting as you move your body: as the body follows the mind, the mind also follows the body.
Complexity rises when both the mind and body are reciprocally anchoring and supporting each other. That’s why when you think too much, you feel awkward. When your breathing is not flowing with your movement, you know there is a gap between the mind and body.
To keep the mind and body linked as one, attention needs to be specific and action-oriented. For example, if you send your attention to your fingertips AND open your fingers as wide as you can, your mind and body are on the same page.
A Sense of Shifting
Centering is the key to move your energy around the body. With a strong grip of the center of the body you can freely shift not only your attention but also the energy in the body to where you need them most.
Energy follows where your attention goes. When the energy and attention reach the center of the body and mature, they form a force that needs an outlet. You can dispatch it to where you wish it to go. A vivid imagination and conscious guidance help you disperse the tensions in the body.
When you are centered, you can actively orchestrate all parts of the body to evenly participate in the moment to moment process of moving. What’s going on in one part of the body is informed to other neighboring parts. When the body is well coordinated, you feel balanced.
A shift from balanced condition to an unbalanced condition requires adjustment. You’ve got to trust your body and give it a chance. Explore what is new and facilitate your mind with confidence about what your body is capable of. Deep breathing is a big part in this. When you breathe deeply and smoothly you can control your body much better. That way you can shift your inner energy.
You also shift your mindset from problem-driven fear to solution-focused caring. With practice of shifting your senses and energy, your efforts become certain, your attention becomes sharper, and build trust on yourself.
A Sense of Entirety
When things are not full to our expectations, we are likely to be unsatisfied. Never enough as long as we want our cup to be full. There is another way to keep ourselves full. Empty all. Release everything.
Release is the final step in completing the process of movement. It is the same with a breath: letting go is the final stage. By releasing what gathered at the center of your body you return your body to a fresh condition. Emptiness is the beginning and ending stage at the same time. In each beginning and ending, the body goes through a cycle of completion for new growth.
In completely released condition, the sensation from the body merges with the mind. Physical pain becomes a non-physical experience. If our body is a manifestation of the non-material mind and our mind is the expression of the physical body’s condition, this releasing process can break down the wall integrating them.
Here, what the body goes through is directly experienced through the mind. At this stage the mind is no longer swayed by the perception but directly feels what actually happens in the body.
This fresh feeling is invigorating. This is the best reward for the body. The body remembers it and becomes less reactive to what is not real. Result? You grow into a relaxed person with better tolerance to pain and stress. You become resilient. You are stress hardy.
When you let go entirely, you can have a huge empty space within you that only waits for a fresh filling. Through release practice, the mind learns not to react preemptively to what hasn’t happened yet, but to simply go with the flow. This flow connects all.