What you learn here can help during COVID times
“Be willing to do whatever it takes to be a warrior for your own health.” Jan Mundo
Back in 2018, I posted about why Qigong and Tai chi are so important to me. I have practised both for over 20 years! In the process, I have learned so much about how to manage my energy, or “life force,” with intention. This intention is very powerful at these challenging times.
Tai chi is a training art focused on form, also known as a “moving meditation,” that consists of slow, gentle movements that mimic those found in nature. It is a discipline both physical and mental.
Qigong is more of an internal process that is expressed externally. Through Qigong, we guide our intention and mindfulness to send our life force where we want it to go. Qigong can manifest itself through specific Tai chi movements.
Together, these ancient practices help align our physical, mental, and spiritual energies. They also reduce stress and improve our overall well-being. As a Personal Energy & Potential coach, I believe practices like Tai chi and Qigong can have a tremendous positive impact on our lives!
“Slow down a little, focus on what’s most important & truly see things that matter most.” Mag
However, in our busy world, the idea of slowing down for a moving meditation can feel counterproductive. We have grown used to having everything we need and want at our fingertips.
With technology and the internet, we can work, earn money, and more from virtually anywhere at any time. As a result, we have trouble sitting still for five minutes without feeling anxious!
On top of that, we have developed a heavy reliance on medication to solve our health problems. Rather than treat our holistic selves, we try to address acute issues with targeted treatment plans and therapies.
I want to encourage all of us to expand our perspective on health and wellness. Being “healthy” does not simply mean being physically fit. Living in full health includes emotional resilience, mental fortitude, and spiritual connectedness.
“When you are spiritually connected, you are in a state of grace and free from the effects of anyone or anything external to yourself.” adapted from Wayne Dyer
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of so many people, actions as simple as taking deep breaths and guiding your personal energy can do wonders for our lives. For this reason, I strongly believe that many more of you could benefit from incorporating a moving meditation in your life!
Through Tai chi, for instance, you can nourish every aspect of your well-being. Not only do you exercise your physical body, but also engage the mind and spirit.
Here, I wanted to share basic information about the ancient practice of Tai chi, which has shaped my life in so many ways. Hopefully, this will inspire some of you to incorporate it into your daily natural rhythms!
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” Lao Tzu
An Overview of Tai Chi
There are three primary components of Tai chi:
- Deep breathing
It’s important when engaging in Tai chi movements to focus on stability and balance. Feel the ground directly underneath your feet (barefoot in the warmer months if possible is my favourite) and maintain correct body alignment through the top of your head.
As you transition between movements, make sure they flow smoothly between one another. Feel your weight shift across your body gradually, never rushing to reach new positions.
In tai chi, everything is self-paced. There is no competition to worry about or external rewards to win. It’s all about you doing everything with intention and purpose.
While you move, have your mind remain calm and focused. The meditation part of the practice is just as important as the physical movements. Rather than “tune out,” concentrate on how you feel and remain aware of your body. Keep your attention on how energy flows throughout your body and learn to control it.
With mind and body engaged, take deep, meaningful breaths. Inhale qi energy and fresh, oxygen-rich air and exhale stale toxins (and negative qi) from the body. With each breath, think about your muscles and brain replenishing with the nutrients they need to perform. Feel the cycle of tension and release as your lungs expand and contract.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Thich Nhat Hanh
If you’re interested in seeing all of these components in action and open to learning a few movements, join my Facebook group and I’ll be sharing FREE ‘live’ Tai Chi and Qigong over the next weeks. (dates and time will be posted in the FB group) We’ll bring Native American spirituality and Qigong together in a unique east meets west training.
I want to encourage all of you to create capacity in your busy lives for an ancient practice, like Tai Chi and Qigong. You will quickly realize how valuable it can be for your health, relationships, and long-term happiness!
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