Qigong Meditation for Self-Healing
Qigong (pronounced, chee gong) meditation combines breathing, relaxation techniques and visualization. Practicing Qigong meditation daily can reduce your stress and improve your health. Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considered by some to be the Grandfather of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been around for more than 3000 years. Millions of people around the world benefit from practicing Qigong. Originally Qigong was called Tu Na, which literally means inhale exhale, referring to breathing. It focused on breathing techniques for improving one's health. As Qigong evolved, it became more complex including breathing, visualization and eventually exercises. Thus, Qigong is truly a holistic approach to improving your health. This lens will focus on the meditation aspect of Qigong. Another lens will be created in the future to cover Qigong exercises.
Balance Your Health and Your Life With Qigong
The practice of Qigong brings balance to the person that practices it regularly. The Qi (pronounced "chee") part of Qigong refers to energy. Energy flows through the body along energy channels. When the body is out of balance, the energy flow can become restricted, stagnant or weak. If this imbalance becomes chronic, it may manifest in the body as some disease or illness. In Qigong and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, we talk about balance or the lack of balance in terms of Yin and Yang characteristics. Yin is a characteristic that is feminine, soft, cold, mental, static, etc. Yang is a characteristic that is masculine, hard, hot, physical, dynamic, etc. Thus, imbalance occurs if either Yin or Yang characteristics dominate. It is best to seek a balance between Yin and Yang. For example, if you sit too much (too Yin), then you can find balance by doing more physical activities, like exercise. If you exercise too much (too Yang), you will find balance by doing some meditation.
The mind leads the Qi, the Qi follows the mind.— Qigong Grandmaster Tianyou Hao
Simple Qigong Meditation
During Qigong meditation, we often focus on our breathing to calm our mind and enhance our relaxation. Thus, enhancing relaxation of both mind and body. Also, breathing as described below, allows one to absorb Qi in the body. The end result is to open up energy channels and enhance the flow of Qi.
Here's to get started:
1. Sit in a comfortable chair with good posture, sit upright with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. Do not cross your legs.
2. Gently close your eyes and place your hands on your thighs.
3. Put a smile on your face.
4. Take a deep breath and feel relaxed in your entire body from your head to your toes.
5. Place your tongue on the roof of the mouth behind your teeth.
6. Do abdominal breathing. Inhale through your nose and at the same time expand and breath deeply into your abdomen.
7. Exhale and move your abdomen inward.
8. Continue with abdominal breath and count your breath cycles. Inhale, exhale, one. Inhale, exhale, two. Inhale, exhale, three.
9. Continue to count your breath cycles for five minutes.
This is a great way to quickly relax and energize at the same time. Practice this daily and you will notice the benefits within a short period of time.
How to Get Started...
So if you are wondering how you can get started and learn Qigong, keep reading. First, I recommend finding a qualified Qigong instructor, either in-person or online. A qualified Qigong instructor will teach you the basics of Qigong and will help you to understand the correct and incorrect ways to practice Qigong. If you practice incorrectly, you might hurt yourself. There are over 35000 forms of Qigong, so do some research and find a Qigong system that resonates with you. Also, it is important to be consistent with your practice. Practice daily is important to get the most benefits, especially if you are trying to overcome some health issues. You may find the information on Qigong at my website helpful in your search, www.InnerVitalityQigong.com.
Best Qi Wishes.
Qigong and Meditation Related Products
Here's some products that may help you with your Qigong Meditation practice.
Nice meditation timer.
It's free. Great app.
Great audio for meditations.
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Words of Wisdom
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”Â
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
- Wayne W. Dyer
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
- Albert Einstein
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- Mahatma Gandhi
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