The second mistake that beginners make in chi kung/qigong is not establishing a daily practice as quickly as possible.
And this is very common. It’s a mistake I made myself when I started and it’s one my new students regularly make. Some of them only practice weekly when they come to class!
Now you know better, you know that in order to get the benefits of increased vitality, improved health etc of qigong, you have to practice it daily. Because whilst qigong is powerful, it’s no 30 day ‘miracle cure’.
The great thing about the practice of qigong though is that every time you do practice, if you are practicing correctly you do get immediate benefits like feeling relaxed, feeling alert, feeling energised, even just feeling better than before you started your practice.
So it’s not like it’s hard to set up a regular practice.
But I know from experience that it is for many people. I wrote a blog post sharing 10 ways to set up regular chi kung practice and if you’re like many new students having difficulty setting up a regular daily practice, I think you’ll find it really useful.
You see if you’re practice is sporadic, then your results will at best be sporadic. If you practice for 3 days and then have a day off, and then practice for 2 days and have 2 days off etc – then it’s a little bit like constantly turning the heat off a pan of water before it ever has chance to boil.
Many students find that getting clear on their aims and objectives, the reasons why they are practicing qigong and the specific benefits they want to get from it – really helps to keep motivation high.
I cover this aspect in great detail in my Qigong Secrets Home Study course, I’ve created a simple form I call ‘The Route of the Masters’ that helps you to gain this level of clarity about your practice.
If you find you’re having difficulty with your practice, sit down with a piece of paper and write down exactly what you wanted to gain from the practice of qigong. Sometimes this process itself is enough to kick start your enthusiasm.
At the end of the day if your qigong practice is to evolve from something you ‘do’ to being a part of who you are – you simply have to enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy your practice of qigong I would ask you why.
If the answer to that question was un-resolvable then I would suggest it’s time for you to find something that you do enjoy. Life’s to short to waste on activities we don’t enjoy.
Bye for now
Marcus James Santer