You’ve got a dirty mind, metaphorically speaking. But don’t worry, so’s everybody else.
Let me explain…
Imagine a glass filled with clear water.
Hold it up to your face and take a look through it. Tell me what you see.
Now scoop up a handful of dirt and tip it into the water, put your palm over the top of the glass and give it a good old vigorous shake for 10 seconds.
Hold it up to your eyes again and now tell me what you can see when you look through it.
Nothing much right? Because of all that dirt floating around.
This is your mind.
Can you imagine how confusing your life would be if you could only view it through dirty water?
Consider what happens when you put the glass down and leave it alone for a period of time. You simply sit down and do nothing.
What do you think happens?
Exactly! Wow, you’re perky for a Monday morning =)
Left alone, the dirt simple sinks to the bottom of the glass and gradually the water clears.
This is your mind.
Depending on which report you read, on average you have 10,000, 70,000 or 90,000 thoughts. Every single day. Think of these thoughts as tiny pieces of dirt.
You’ve probably noticed from your own direct experience that life in the 21st century is full of stresses and strains. Your attention is frequently pulled in many different directions at the same time. Your awareness is constantly bombarded by stimulation and your body is frequently switched to a stressful: “Go, Go, Faster, Faster!” state.
Think of this as constant shaking and now can you understand why you find it hard to think straight or see clearly?
Now I’ve done this ‘dirt in a glass of water’ experiment for real and trust me, it takes a long time before the dirt settles enough for the water to clear.
A *l–o–n–g* time.
Here’s the good news…
The regular practice of Qigong speeds up the ‘settling’ process. Continued practice enables you to clear the mind with a single breath. But only when you master the 3 core skills of Qigong.
Now, If you’ve already got a copy of my book Smiling From The Heart, you’ll find the first of the 3 core Qigong skills on page: 45.
And if you haven’t, you can grab a digital, Pdf copy here:
“I can see clearly now the ‘dirt’ has gone. I can see all obstacles in my way…”
With apologies to Johnny Nash for taking liberties with his great lyrics.
Enjoy your practice!