Learn how to handle disturbances when you’re practicing your Qigong exercises.
Let’s face it. If it hasn’t done so already, it’s going to happen. You’ll be practicing your Qigong Exercises and:
- Someone will come up to you whilst you’re in energy flow and ask you if you’re alright.
- The fire alarm will go off in the building your practicing in.
- The phone starts ringing, the answer phone picks up the call and you realise you need to speak to this person.
- You’re in energy flow and it starts to rain cats and dogs.
- You break a piece of furniture or Objet d’Art.
There are 101 other ways in which your Qigong practice can be disturbed.
If you’re not prepared, if you don’t know how to handle disturbances correctly the affects can be quite harmful. When you practice Qigong you want to be in a QSoM, which is a deep meditative state of mind. Unexpected disturbances can cause your Qi/Chi/energy to become scattered.
If this happens on a regular basis (try finding somewhere else to practice) or if the disturbance is significant enough it can result in you finding yourself feeling nervous, anxious and fearful for no obvious reason.
Here are the 3 steps to dealing effectively and safely with disturbances during your Qigong practice:
1) Be Prepared – When you are Preparing to start your practice, whilst you are walking around or making sure you are standing upright and balanced. Gently tell yourself that if anything happens to surprise or disturb you, it cannot hurt you, because it is only the phone ringing, or a friend trying to attract your attention.
Note: If you live in a shared house or practice in a shared garden, let your friends and family know not to disturb you during your practice, ask them to take a message for you if the phone rings. These are basic ground rules.
2) When It Happens – when disturbance to your practice occurs, gently and firmly keep your composure. Tell yourself that your energy and your mind are intact and that everything is okay. Now take some slow, deep breaths and continue your practice when you are ready. Finish off ass normal.
3) If You Have To Stop – If a fire alarm goes off in the building you are practicing in, or you have to stop your practice before you are ready, here’s what to do:
- Bring your attention gently to your Dan Tian (the energy point just below your belly button). Rub your hands together briskly and give yourself a quick facial massage.
- Attend appropriately to whatever has demanded your attention.
- As quickly as you are safely able to do so – have an energy flow and finish off your practice as normal.
It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when interruptions, surprises, shocks etc are going to disturb your practice. Don’t just read this article and forget about it. Read it the 3 steps at least 3 times and make sure you know how to best to respond when a disturbance to your Qigong occurs.
Marcus James Santer