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Giving up too soon is a common mistake beginners make in many areas, but I see this very often in chi kung. I believe many people have unrealistic expectations based on much of the misleading ‘hype’ surrounding the information available on chi kung.

Let’s get it clear that chi kung is no ’30 day miracle cure’. Practicing chi kung does not mean you will never get ill, it does not mean that ‘unfair’ things won’t happen to you and it’s not going to turn you into some kind of super dude with mystical magical powers like you see in the films. Sorry to have to point that out.

It is true that practicing chi kung has many immediate benefits including promoting a sense of relaxed-ness and all round well being. But if you are practicing chi kung to overcome some specific illness, then depending on the severity of that illness and the length of time you’ve had it. It’s going to take a minimum of 3 to 6 months for you to notice any measurable, significant benefits. And that’s if you are learning directly under the guidance of a suitably qualified chi kung instructor. If you’re learning from a book and you want to over come illness, good luck with that.

I have to tell you that it takes commitment and discipline to succeed with chi kung. I know that’s not sexy but I believe the results are worth the investment of time required.

I’ve covered plateau’s in a previous post and I’d advise you to read that post if your feeling ‘stuck’ in your practice or that it’s going nowhere fast, like you’re not making any improvement and you’re tempted to give up on chi kung.

If you feel like giving up on your chi kung practice I also recommend you take a close look at what your reasons were for starting chi kung in the first place. Make sure you have clear reasons (aims and objectives see chi kung mistake number 5 post for more details) and know why you are practicing chi kung, this process alone can help to get you back on track.

Make sure your expectations from your chi kung practice are clear and realistic and you’re much more likely to achieve them. It’s hard to describe the sense of satisfaction from setting an objective that is important to you and then achieving it – it’s quite addictive, in a good way!

Well it looks like I’ve at least another 2 ‘mistakes’ I’d like to share with you, and were on number 6 already, so I guess I should have called this series the 8 mistakes of chi kung =)

Bye for now

Just a qigong instructor

Marcus James Santer