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h1. Cycle One h2. Inspiration: h3. Affirmation/Mantra: h.2 "Life Affirming... Affirm Life... Life Affirming...

Affirm Life... Life Affirming... Affirm Life..."

This saying represents the core message underlying this program. In the first cy cle we will repeat this mantra many times. Repeat the words "Life Affirming... Affirm Life..." slowly for several moments. Allow the words to rest in your mind for several moments more. At spontaneous intervals throughout the day, continue repeating the words "Life Affirming... Affirm Life..." to yourself. chant the words "Life Affirming... Aff irm Life..." before your rise out of bed, and before you go to sleep. Weave the mantra "Life Affirming... Affirm Life..." through the practices of bre athing, meditation, movement and ritual. This ritual should be continued throughout the nine cycles of the program. h3. Daily Ritual: h.2 Morning Flush

Drink 4 glasses of water when you wake in the morning before eating or drinking anything else. If you are not accustomed to drinking water, it is OK to start wi th small 4 oz glasses and gradually work your way up to 8 oz glasses of water. Take your time and sip the water at a comfortable pace. As you drink continue to repeat "Life Affirming... Affirm Life..." to yourself. On some days you may choose to sit quietly and drink your water, other days you may want to sip as you prepare your shake or meal. h3. Breath Practice: h2. Complete Breath

In this exercise your breath is not forced but completely natural, the way a bab y breaths. Do not force fill the lungs, but allow them to expand over time throu gh the practice. Stand or sit upright. If possible, breath through the nostrils. Inhale steadily, first filling the lower part of the lungs, the diaphragm will descend exerting a gentle pressure on the abdominal organs. As you fill the lower lungs push the front walls of the abdomen forward. Then fill the middle part of the lungs, push ing out the lower ribs, breast-bone and chest. Then fill the higher portion of t he lungs, lifting the upper chest, including the upper ribs. Breath gently in a steady continuous movement. Retain the breath for a few momen ts and then exhale slowly. Toward the end of your exhalation, contract the abdom en gently to expel your breath completely. When the breath is entirely exhaled, relax the chest and abdomen.

It is essential that a series of full complete breaths are inhaled several times a day. This can be done spontaneously, or whenever you have the opportunity. To be continued...... h3. Meditation h2. Follow the Breath h3. Movement h2. Gathering Qi from Cosmos and Earth