Every time you practice Chi Kung/Qigong Exercises, you are also practicing and benefiting from meditation, or training the mind as I like to think of it.
Relaxing the mind is a vital ingredient of entering a QSOM, one of the 3 core skills of Qigong. If a practitioner cannot enter a QSOM, they cannot practice Qigong.
Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows or ‘Qi flow’ is the 2nd of the 3 core skills of Qigong, it is where the healing, the building, the energising takes place – But it is dependant on the stillness or quietness of the mind. If your mind is very active during qi flow, if it is anxious, or restless or worried, then you will not get the full benefits of qi flow.
Standing Mediation is exactly what it says on the label and is the 3rd core skill of Qigong.
Can you see what an important part of Qigong the mind is, or rather the relaxed, peaceful, quiet mind is? Luckily we practice calming the mind or mediation every time we practice Qigong.
Read this next statement at least 2 or 3 times, it really is that important:
It is the activity of the mind that obscures Spirit, God, Tao, Qi, Cosmos, Enlightenment, Nirvana or whatever name you give to the Supreme Infinite.
Heaven is right here on earth, but it is the constant noise of the mind that makes heaven appear to be earth. I have glimpsed in my practice that when the mind is perfectly still, quiet, relaxed, peace-full then heaven is right here.
Take a look at the 2 glasses of water in the picture below:
Glass A is the normal state of mind. The noise, the activity stirs everything up and we cannot see clearly through the glass.
Glass B is the mind at rest, a peace-filled mind. It is clear.
Do you think you can see heaven through the contents of glass A, or do you think you’ll do better looking through glass B?
Do you catch this? I believe that all of our problems are a result of the noise in the mind. When we practice Qigong, everytime we are practicing calming the mind, training it to be still and we don’t need to be perfect at this to gain worthwhile benefits. Here are some of those benefits and you don’t just benefit from them during your practice, they flow out into your life and benefit all that you do.
- Reduce pain, anxiety, blood pressure, cholesterol, substance abuse, and the levels of stress hormones in the blood.
- Create a 12.5% lower risk of stroke or coronary mortality in adulthood.
- Relieve stress, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, reduce cardiovascular risk factors, decrease psychological distress and improve sleep patterns.
- One study found that 66% of those recovering from depression remained stable (no relapse) over a year.
- Relieves tension, creates the will power and consciousness to be in control of ones life and alleviates depression, loneliness, hopelessness and despair.
Now how lucky are we? When we practice Qigong, not only do we get all of the benefits of mediation (as listed above) but we also get the benefits of Qigong:
- Improve Health and Increase Vitality
- Develop Internal Force
- Expand the Mind
- Spiritual Cultivation
How incredible is Qigong? 10-15 minutes a day, 20-30 if you’re super committed, to get all of those incredible benefits. Can you imagine a wonder drug that could give you all of these benefits I have mentioned? It would be worth an absolute fortune!
Why wouldn’t you want to practice Qigong? It’s drug free, natural and easy to do. If the only reason is because you cannot find a good teacher to learn from, then I recommend that you get started with my Qigong Secrets Home Study course.
Bye for now
Marcus James Santer
P.S. – In case I forgot to mention it, training the mind takes a L-O-T of practice. It is not easy. If it was you’d see lots of enlightened people every where you went, and one look outside your window tells you that is not the case. But the effort is worthwhile and the rewards are incredible.