How are you all feeling? These are difficult times, especially if you are prone to feeling anxious anyway. It’s the uncertainty of what lies ahead that makes me feel a bit anxious. The trick is to stay in the moment, by which I mean, trying not to dwell on the past or the future – the past is gone and the future hasn’t happened, it’s just a dream.
When we feel anxious, the first thing that is affected is our breathing. The breath becomes shallow and this starts a domino affect throughout the rest of the body. In this short video I explain and demonstrate the breathing used in Qi Gong. Breath is one of the most important aspects of Qi Gong, along with the Mind (or your intent). In Qi gong we use our breath not only to build up the Qi, but also to focus the Mind and help move the Qi around the body, especially to where it is most needed.
Breathing to Connect Mind and Body
The Mind aspect of this type of breathing is what gives it depth, without which it would just be ‘breathing’ which we all need to do otherwise we would die! Breathing abdominally is very grounding. It draws down our energy, rooting us to the Earth, stopping us from floating away in our dream worlds that often do not represent reality. So great if you are suffering from anxiety, now or at any time.
I also include in the video a simple but effective grounding technique which can also be used as a meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated to be affective, you just need to learn how to be in the moment. This technique will help you get there.
If you have any questions, just let me know. I am still open for consultations and advice, and Qi Gong lessons, just not in the traditional sense. But I’m still working via Skype and FaceTime, and of course on the old fashioned telephone and email 🙂