sōng (鬆)

literally means “loose, slack, free, careless” as an adjectives, and as a verb “to loosen, slacken, let go, or untie.” In standing meditation, after the instruction to suspend from above, the guiding principle is sōng (鬆) — to relax and sink. One of the fundamental principles of the Chinese manual healing arts — shù (術), such as tuīná (推拿) and acupuncture, is the practitioner’s cultivation of sōng (鬆). Sōng (鬆) is what allows a needle to penetrate (tōng (通)) the patients jīngmmài (經脈), without the practitioner exerting force to it.

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