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soil, "grounding", nature.
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:15:10 pm »
The Lakota was a true naturist--lover of Nature. He loved the earth and all things of the earth, the attachment growing with age. The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing... That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly; he can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him... Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them and so close did some of the Lakota’s come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue. The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to the lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence." Chief Luther Standing Bear

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Re: soil, "grounding", nature.
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014, 11:16:37 pm »
Very nice.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 03:23:38 pm »
Floor seating is what I've arrived at after searching for a way to use a computer or read for long periods with a sore back and neck. If we're sitting at a 90 degree angle in a chair we are ignoring the effects of gravity on our body over time and the advice of chiropractors who say we should sit with the spine reclined.

From my view a straight spine provides us with mental clarity and should be held in meditation and when walking, but not for longer than 45 minute periods, otherwise it's too stressful.

In the future I think I'll order one of these to use with a laptop.

http://www.zafu.net/ecobackrest.html

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 10:29:14 pm »
Those are amazing, I usually set up my living spcae so I am sitting pretty relaxed or lay on my bed or the floor on my belly with a ton of pillows and blankets under my chest as bolsters.  I doubt those chairs would be difficult to make tho.  Its amazing how easily hill sides, leaf piles, loamy forest earth, river rocks, boulders, fields and trees seem to comfortably hold bodies though, its hard to me to be uncomfortable sitting outside.  I think the point is to not hold static any position for longer then 45 minutes(or less!) though.

 

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