Toning our fascia is like gift wrapping a fine piece of China before you send it in the mail. When we’ve got the bubble wrap around a bowl or a cup to send it to a loved one, it is like the protection provided by strengthening our fascia to wrap around our organs.
The Iron Shirt practice has a major benefit for the organs in that through the postures we breathe down into our lower abdomen to concentrate energy into a chi belt around our lower tan tien.
Another analogy I’ve seen (in Mantak Chia’s book, Iron Shirt Qigong) is that it’s like taking an egg, putting it inside of a balloon, blowing up the balloon, tying it off, putting that inside another balloon, blowing it up tying it off, and then a third balloon. Now we can kick the balloon around, we can punch it, we can hit it with a bat and the egg inside won’t get injured because it’s got that cushion around it. Likewise, we can strengthen the fascia to protect the organs from the blows of sickness and emotions.
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A Life of Peace and Quiet is Fulfilling
Perfecting the spirit seems useless, But its usefulness is long-lasting.
Filling the body with spirit looks empty, But it creates health in all aspects.
A life of peace and purpose seems dull, But it is the most fulfilling way to live.
The greatest skill that is achieved Passes through all stages of clumsiness.
By allowing things to happen, Events take their own course. By giving up your way,
You can discover The Way.
-From the Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching, by Andrew McCart