2 - Tabletop (audio 2:07)
I am even and steady.
I can take things step-by-step.
When I take one step at a time I do less to receive more.
I can share the responsibility with all involved parties.
- Tabletop is the position we took as infants learning to crawl. This reminds you to take life step-by-step, to allow yourself to slow down and crawl, learning one thing at a time, before walking or running.
- By evenly pressing into your hands and knees in Tabletop, you create and maintain evenness, in body, mind, and spirit.
- By evenly distributing the weight sharing the weight-bearing responsibility among all four limbs, you learn to delegate responsibility and share the weight of tasks rather than to apply too much effort in one area (resulting in fatigue).
- In pulling your joints into their sockets, activating your core and evenly distributing your weight, you learn that Less is More.
- Your arms and legs (four limbs) represent the four directions and four major elements (earth, water, fire, air) making your body into a medicine wheel. By bringing all elements into play in one position, you acknowledge that your body is an ecosystem, each part playing its role to support the function and experience of the whole.
- In Arthurian Legend, the Knights met at a Round Table so that no one knight was placed at a higher-ranking seat than another. Responsibilities were shared and the gifts of each individual were valued equally. Practicing Tabletop teaches you to equally value all contributions as part of the whole.
- Tabletop is about finding a neutral spinal alignment. Your spine is the superhighway of your nervous system, communicating commands and impulses from your brain to your muscles. It also houses the energy centers (chakras) of your body. Tabletop is a balanced support of the four limbs to align the spine for optimal function.
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