So I thought I would add some more.
I am glad that people are finding this useful. I wanted to expand a little on the dangers since there seems to be some concern. If after a prolonged
session you feel groggy and tired like you are coming down with something don't worry. I mentioned before about falling asleep doing this and waking
up with a bad fever.
Well it will feel like you got beat up. You will feel every hair on your body and it will hurt a little. Don't worry it passes and when it does you
will feel like a million bucks.
I don't know why it happens, you would think that it just gives you a head ache but for some reason it seems like it cleanses your body. Like when you
have a bad infection and your body temperature raises in an effort to kill it off. That is why I say to take it slow. Should you endure a prolonged
session while you are "unclean" your body will naturally cleanse itself.
It is arduous and can feel horrible but you come out on top feeling damn good. The essence to these exercises is to create a state of balance.
Sometimes our minds and bodies are already out of whack and they need a push in the opposite direction to get us on center.
Some one mentioned pain being the catalyst to higher mental states. I do believe that myself. The thing is it is only beneficial when you can overcome
it and achieve a state of peace after.
Like dipping into icecold water and then into a hot tub. It is exhilarating. The same can be said about this technique when it causes discomfort. It
raises your body temperature for some reason and gives you a rush of euphoria when you perform it upon your exhale.
Too much can be a bad thing but you never achieve progress in something unless you push yourself. Do so at your own pace. Your body knows best. Listen
to it and learn to develop an awareness of it. That is fundamental.
Some have said that this is unnecessary and a danger. Yet so is weight lifting or any form of prolonged exercise beyond your bodies limits. We push to
grow stronger. Same thing here. You don't exercise when you are injured and you don't push yourself when you are fine.
You do so when you know you can take it and wish to achieve greater results.
You know why martial arts was incorporated into Buddhist practices by monks? They did so to address the physical aspect of their training since they
found that focusing only on the mind was like building only the first levels of a tower. To be a complete form all aspects of the being must be
That is not to say that this is all you will need. It augments your meditation. The process and mental discipline you go through is vital and arguably
more important. This will go hand in hand though. It is a boost, an extra, an aid.
I only recommend it to those ready to take the next step and gain an edge. It is not for beginners yet learning to become aware of their bodies or
still looking for their process of optimal meditation.
I hope this helps. Remember if you do feel discomfort stop. It will pas. Do not get anxious. Mind your mind and avoid the mind killer. Pain is but the
transition to the wonderful. Pass that barrier and you will not fear or hurt.
Thank you for the interest and be wise while employing it.
edit on 22-10-2012 by BIHOTZ because: (no reason given)