How to Align Yourself to the Perpendicular

Alignment to the perpendicular should be a constant conscious tickle buried at the bottom of your awareness. Especially if you spend much time in front of a computer, this natural posture can become neglected, producing negative results.

If a side view of you shows Wilting Flower, that's just what you are doing! Breathing, circulation, and spiritual processes, as well as parasympathetic and lymphatic processes, virtually every bodily process can be improved by proper alignment.


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    Place a mirror next to where you spend the most time sitting. Set it so that you can see yourself in profile. Ignore the mirror for a day or so, or at least be aware of if your glance at yourself is 'unaware' or not, to get an honest reading.
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    Align yourself to the perpendicular. A silver dollar placed on the dome of your head should stay on, right above your ears, with your shoulders directly over your hips. Get a look at yourself in the mirror, for later comparison. You should look like a Shooting Arrow; dome of head pointed straight up, chin tucked, ears above shoulders above hips.
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    Notice the difference in breathing. It is now much easier to breathe from that spot right behind your privates, which happens to be your seventh chakra. Although a detailed discussion of breathing isn't in the scope of this article, you hear it all the time because it's important. The dome of your head should stay over this chakra spot. Slumping isolates the upper chest muscles, causing the abdominal muscles to atrophy, so that you are only breathing with the top third or so of your lungs. Frequent yawning is a warning sign.
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    Set the horizontal centerline of your computer monitor to at least eye level. Preferably an inch or so above eye level, to discourage looking down at your monitor.
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    Plan to spend at least 5 minutes of every hour on an exercise ball doing Superman. If you don't have a ball you can do Superman on the floor, and other back tightening exercises. Do this More often at first, 5 minutes every half hour, or if you see Wilting Flower in your mirror. Actually using the ball to sit on works well, too, but you may have to alternate with another chair, starting with about 10 minutes of ball every hour, and work your way up. Easy availability of these balls at thrift stores attests to the initial difficulty of simply aligning yourself with the perpendicular. This $40 exercise ball blew in to the parking lot last night!
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    Get the right chair, and sit in it correctly. Multiple chairs allow for differing positions, and better circulation. Try to change positions every 10 minutes or so; semi-reclining, feet up, back somewhat arched, with your keyboard in your lap is a good one for keeping back muscles from relaxing, making Shooting Arrow easier. Shooting Arrow should also be practiced when walking; fanny tucked, shoulders back, chin tucked, eyes level. Consider even a 5 degree deviation from the perpendicular the beginning of Wilting Flower. You should notice quite a difference in alertness levels with this, which is a symptom that indicates other levels are performing at closer to optimal also. If Shooting Arrow is difficult for you to maintain, see that it's because you are using muscles that have lost their tone, and 55 minutes of Shooting Arrow in each hour might take a year or so. Energy begets energy however, and some is better than none. Your whole outlook will change when you pay attention to your alignment to the perpendicular, and you'll quickly notice that these changes come almost immediately, even if you only do 5 or 10 minutes of conscious Shooting Arrow an hour. It also makes you more attuned to the come-down of various foods and chemicals; sugar, caffeine, etc.

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