Every Qigong session begins with the intention of moving into a Qigong State of Mind. This intention begins as muscles are engaged but my breathing allows the Qi energy to effortlessly move my body. An archer, athlete or dancer may feel something similar as their mind relaxes and their body effortlessly performs what its been trained to do. Almost everyone has flashes of these “magical” moments similar to being in the Zone or Flow state.
Qigong and Tai Chi are called moving meditations because the stretches and flows energize, strengthen and relax the practitioner’s mind-body. A Qigong State of Mind is present, receptive, aware and fluid and is easily attained doing a flow. Like a graceful dance, Qigong flows are a series of continuous movements from one position to and through the next, repeated over and over. Movements change with transitions. Transitions may an experience, or group of moves, that creates a letting go, allowing the Qi energy to effortlessly move you. A transition can be moving out from the body with an exhalation or bringing the Qi back inside with an inhalation; or between breaths as a pregnant pause to be present in the moment. Practicing Qigong and/or Tai Chi is enjoyable and effortless at the same time. So it’s a process the practitioner mindfully repeats whenever doing the movements; enabling you to begin each day full of vital energy and end your day without stress or tension.
A Qigong State of Mind is experiential and personal but can also be experienced within a group. There is synchronicity created when many individuals experience personal effortless flow together. According to Bill Douglas of the National Qigong Association, medical research shows that “watching someone do Tai Chi elicits a relaxation-response.” Being and doing merge while practicing together. Imagine how powerful that feels!
The only thing you really need to be good at is the ability to
train yourself to get better. Confucius
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