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For those of you who tried it, how did it go? It’s not about doing it perfectly, it’s about becoming aware of what happens inside your physical-mental/emotional and spiritual body that’s important.

For those of you who haven’t tried it and would like to, refer back to the previous blog.

So, what did you observe while you were meditating? There’s no need to question or analyze. And, for everyone, reactions will be different. So, I’m just going to see if some of the following happened for you. If not, the amazing thing about the qi is that it works anyway whether or not you feel anything:

  • Did you feel warmer or cooler, or did your body temperature stay the same?
  • Did you start to perspire or not?
  • Did you feel any tingling? If so, where?
  • Did you feel qi going through you more in one place than another? If so.
  • Where? The qi goes where it feels it is most needed, whether you think so or not. It tries to balance the body.

 

It’s good to stay with the 10 minutes for at least 10 consecutive days. This gives a chance to see how the qi works once the body gets used to the energy.

When you’re finished with the 10 minutes and you’re doing the closing, as explained in the previous blog, when you’ve placed your hands over the dan tian, feel the sensations of the qi that you’ve accumulated this day.

And, if you wish, add affirmations, prayer or blessings for yourself, your loved ones, for the universe.

Until next time!

* This is for relaxation purposes ONLY.  Anyone with a medical problem needs to see a physician. If you are under the care of a physician, please get his/her advice re this meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who want to start with a simple qigong meditation for relaxation, here it is:

Start with 10 minutes each day for 10 days, finding a time when you’re not rushed, same time every day. No more than 10 minute so that your body can gradually adjust to this new energy. This becomes a discipline and your body starts looking forward to this time.

Sit up straight, either on ground with legs crossed or on chair. If the latter, make sure both legs are uncrossed, feet (barefoot optimal) on the ground and sit closer to edge of seat so that the “qi” can flow behind you. If you have a bad back and need to lean on the back of the chair, please do so.

For men,  left hand over right, palms up, place in lap. For women, right hand over left, palms up, place in lap.  Notice when hands are on lap, they are situated by the dan tian – the qigong place of power.  Also, in the middle of each palm is the acupuncture point of the heart; therefore, heart is being activated.

Lower chin slightly – not the head – this straightens the spine. Place tongue on upper roof of mouth behind top teeth – this activates the immune system. Keep tongue there throughout the entire meditation.

If you know how to breathe thru your diaphragm, do so. This is optimum in intake of breath, but if you breathe through your lungs, just do that for now. I will go through the diaphragm breathing another time. Always  breathe through the nostrils.

Close your eyes, and focus on the inhale and exhale of breath. Gently breathe in as deep as you can WITHOUT FORCING, and slowly exhale. You are bringing in fresh pure qi w. each inhale, and releasing all the stress that you may not even know you carry with each exhale. Simply be aware of the sensations in your body as you inhale and exhale. If your mind wonders, simply acknowledge where it goes, then come back to the breathing.

At the end of 10 minutes, men place left hand over right 2 inches below navel – this is called the dan tian, your place of  power. Women place hands , right over left. This serves to seal the qi that you’ve accumulated for the day.

Like any discipline, what is required is consistent practice for it to be effective.

I will check in with you every few days via this blog, sometimes adding on different forms.

Remember that the “qi” will increase even if you don’t do it perfectly. That’s what’s amazing about it. The important things to remember in qigong is:

  • Not to force anything, allowing everything to happen naturally
  • If you start to have any pain or other reactions, stop immediately and contact me via Comments. Do not be alarmed. The qi sometimes intensifies in areas that are unbalanced.
  • People will have different reactions
  • The slower the better

Any questions or comments, please contact me through Comments. ENJOY!

* This is for relaxation purposes ONLY.  Anyone with a medical problem needs to see a physician. If you are under the care of a physician, please get his/her advice re this meditation.

This is the skyscraper view I see of Singapore the first night from my cousin’s living room window!

 

What does “turning point” actually signify? A change in one’s life? A place where one is between two paths, but is in neither? And, what does this have to do with trauma? I explore this concept because unbeknownst to me at the time, and altogether unexpectedly, Singapore becomes my “turning point”. Read the rest of this entry »

How fitting to publish this piece on forgiveness on February 3rd 2011, which is our Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit.

This is a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.  So needed in the world at this time. It is a time for negotiation.  Don’t try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail.  To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children.   Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

The Chinese believe that in the days before the New Year, we clean house, literally and figuratively. We do away with that which no longer serves us, to allow room the new to come in with the advent of the new year.

Ending the old year with forgiveness seems to be exactly what I  and the world need at this time. Read the rest of this entry »

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