Ding is the vertical center of the body, the core. One can sense ding internally when one gives a slight gentle push up with the top of the head. This push is not stiff and is not hard on the neck. At the same time the chin is dropped to a natural position, neither stretched upward nor dropped. Slightly push the chin inward, which will slightly raise the crown of the head. The shoulders drop relaxed. It is as if there was a thread gently pulling the head up. At the same time the thread gently pulls the center of the core of the body down to the earth. Ding has the meaning of being upright, straight and centered. It has the feeling of a vertical and central stretch from the crown of the head through the perineum and into the ground.
February 25, 2015