Qigong is a holistic approach to well being and is a strong tool for overcoming illness if you practice it. It brings physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits. Practicing qigong you hardly, if ever get caught by some ‘bug’. There is a actually good reason for this, as you practice qigong your energy begins to flow harmoniously through the energy paths (meridians) of your body and this boosts your bodies NATURAL power to deal with all ‘dis-ease- causing agents BEFORE you even know there’s a problem.
Your capability to deal with the natural tensions and stains of present-day life will increase. You know those things in your life that now ‘press your buttons ‘? Steadily their capability to get to you will lower. You’ll find yourself waking earlier in the morning (naturally), feeling clear headed and prepared to start the day. In TCM the heart is believed to be the ‘The Emperor ‘ it is the supreme controller – it stores the Shen (mind / spirit) – i.e. It’s very critical! As a consequence your emotions will become more balanced, you may no longer feel just like you are on a roller-coaster with dizzying highs and crushing lows. You may experience more peace and joy. The more you continue to practice qigong on a regular basis the more familiar and substantial these states will become.
If you stop reading this for a minute you can check that statement out for yourself. How often does a song (that you most likely don’t even like very much) get stuck in your mind on unending loop? How frequently do you go into a room and forget what it was you went in there for? Ever been in a dialogue with someone and totally forgotten that really important point you wished to make? Qigong students continually comment on serious improvements in their mental clarity. This should not come as a surprise when your realize that qigong practice actively develops mental alertness. But what is mental lucidity? Mental lucidity is a mind that is clear, but clear of what? Clear of all thoughts. So if you have improved mental alertness does this mean you can no longer be in a position to think? That you’ll become an idiot? No, quite the opposite. What it means is that when you need to concentrate on something be it an issue short of a solution, or simply deciding what to have for lunch, you have no distracting thoughts that rob your intelligence of its gigantic power. For instance – ordinary thinking is like the suns rays, warm.
Thinking with the advantage of mental alertness is like holding a magnifying glass and targeting the suns rays to a fine point. You’ll notice that there’s an overlap between the emotional, psychological and non secular advantages of practicing qigong and there is a truly good reason for that. You see from the western point of view, holistic health is observed from the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects. But from the qigong point of view there’s only the physical and the heart. With the ‘heart ‘ in relation to the emotional, mental and spiritual.
So emotional and mental sickness is thought to be a sickness of the heart. Depression is perhaps the most common sickness of the heart effecting not only your ‘spirit ‘ but also having a detrimental effect on your emotions, mental faculties and physical well being. But I am happy to claim that there are numerous examples of qigong practitioners who through their qigong practice have released their hearts / spirit from the tyranny of depression. Myself included.
Discover the best qigong exercises for overcoming depression. Sadly too many folk neglect the spiritual aspect of their lives and the spirit is so crucial for health, contentment and well-being. In conclusion Qigong has the potentiality to overcome discomfort and sickness, encourage health, vigour, longevity, mental clarity and spiritual cultivation.
It is a strong tool for Total Health.
This is a guest post by Alfred Kempe