To experience the Holding In pattern of tension, imagine being a frightened dog. tucking its tail between its legs and trying to seem smaller. You can also use the image of a tortoise hiding its head and limbs in its shell to protect itself from danger. uWhat allows me to survive is caution, rather than trust." Notice the pattern in which muscles throughout your body respond to such mental images. As with other holding patterns. Holding In can serve as a survival mechanism that is usable in danger or under emotional pressure. Perhaps, you too might have used it as a child or adolescent to make yourself a smaller target (literally or metaphorically). Of course, this is just one of many ways to deal with challenging situations in life. The practice of Qi Dao teaches you to relax under pressure, which is a superb method for dealing with stress that will make you an embodiment of being in the flow
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