March 12, 2020

“Tell Me More About Qigong”by matt m.

“Tell Me More About Qigong”

You’ve probably heard of Qigong but do you know what is it? If you’ve heard of it, you are one step ahead of me when I was introduced to the moving meditation practice. I curious when I was given a free CD demo. 

I tried out the new move the CD taught me over the course of a weekend at the Disney resort. It was very simple move called the Accordion but it made me feel euphoric! 

When we got back from Disneyland, I bought the course and learned a multitude of motions. I cured my carpal tunnel syndrome and I felt great. Something happened, though. I got tired of most of the movements and ended up hardly practicing for awhile. 

I started to miss Qigong, though. I picked the practice back up but also decided ‘there are no rules, only suggestions’. I started intentionally forget a lot of the movements I’d been taught and I even started creating my own. Here are the criteria I have for what Qigong moves make the cut are in my life and in my groups. They have to be…

  • Easy to remember
  • Fun
  • Not boring!
  • Powerful
  • Easy to learn

Practical Qigong isn’t just something you can only do when you have a bunch of space to move around and a bunch of space in your schedule. Practical Qigong is something you can do while you are seated–while you are driving even!–and when you are the company of people who won’t even notice you are doing it. It’s not that Qigong has been dumbed-down, just that it has been made so accessible that you won’t have any more obstacles to prevent you from making a regular, enjoyable part of your life. 

Qi is the Chinese word for what some cultures call ‘life force’, ‘energy’ and what the Star Wars movies call the Force. I call it the Flow because it is a fluid-like, invisible (to most) field of energy that fills the world. As individuals we each have a qi-field that is inside of us as well as around us (like light around a star). 

Lift your left arm right now and slowly wave it back and forth, like you might if you were taking a warm bath. Now do it with your eyes closed and see if you can zero in on that aquatic feeling of Qi. It is more subtle than water but it similar: slightly resisting the movements of your hand as well as accommodating them and finally, trailing behind them. 

Did you feel it? Cool, right? It’s okay if you don’t feel it yet, though. Or aren’t sure whether or not you do. Come do Qigong with us at H.O.P.E. and you will. I lead Seated Qigong groups every 3rd Monday of the month at 6pm. See you there! And may Qi be with you, always!