Sunday, May 07, 2006

Zen Belly

Does anyone else have a Zen Belly? By this I mean a bulging belly. Ever since I started doing Zazen and doing lower abdominal breathing, my belly is like a balloon. I read something a while back about it and it seemed quite common in those that do Zazen. I know a lot of the masters had big bellies.
Sorry, not the most enlightening question!


At May 08, 2006, Blogger karen said...

Unfortunately I do have this little bulge at my belly. I think it is most noticeable because our abdominal muscles are so relaxed when we are sitting. I don't know if it came from sitting, but I know that I noticed it more after I began my practice.

At May 08, 2006, Blogger grisom said...

(checks in mirror) Yeah, kind of. Don't know if that's from Zen, though.

At May 08, 2006, Blogger Drunken Monkey said...

Don't let your day long zazen sessions become an obstacle for everyday activities, like exercise.

Give me 20 crunches fatso!

At May 08, 2006, Blogger aumeye said...

Uh-oh; now I'm going to have to sit standing up.

At May 08, 2006, Blogger Justin said...

Heh heh. When the master told you to think with your belly he didn't mean it that way.

At May 09, 2006, Blogger PA said...

I can do 20 Crunchies, no problem!
It's funny though - I do think with my belly and then I blame it on zazen! (But I assume Karen's theory is partly to blame)
Ah, the wonders of the deceiving mind,eh :-)
Right, think I'll read that new proper post about proper stuff!


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