Peace and Qi Gong

I have written in several blogs especially in the one on Peace, that one of our inherent states of being is Peace, which we have lost sight of in today’s stressful world. Many practices help us rediscover this part of ourselves and realign us back to our natural state. I have found prayers helpful as well as yoga especially the breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, gratitude journaling and being in nature. Being a Gemini, I think I need varied practices because I get bored easily and fall back on the ones that speak to me for the day. That’s just me. Some may argue that one sustained and consistent practice is best. But whatever works for you, right?

So I was quite pleased when recently I re-discovered Qi Gong. I mean I have dabbled in it in the past and always wondered what the difference was between yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi. But it was grand master Chunyi Lin, who clarified it for me it quite succinctly in a video: that yoga has its origins in yogis wanting to strengthen their muscles to stay in meditation longer; that Tai Chi originated as a form of self-defence and is most helpful with balance; and Qi Gong is best for healing and longevity. I’m not sure if this is too simplistic as I believe there is an overlap because all three forms have healing as well as other benefits. But having established a routine of Qi Gong, I definitely experienced a sense of peace while moving with the flow.

In fact, one of the most common reasons people practice Qi Gong is to cultivate inner peace and be in harmony with oneself and the environment. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese healthcare system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention to open blockages in the body on the meridian system. It is no wonder that it has been called a moving meditation in which the mind and body are led to a state of balance and equilibrium and interestingly, a Harvard medical publication, has coined it a “moving medication”. When the body is in a state of balance, all the systems work better. The advantage of peace that comes from the moving, flowing meditative aspect is equally significant. In the routine that I follow, we are also asked to focus on feelings of joy and contentment during the various flows, which also enhance the relaxed response.

What practices do you follow? Do you have one or several? What works best for you? Feel free to share and leave a comment.

12 thoughts on “Peace and Qi Gong

    1. Yes, it can be difficult to study both simultaneously.

      I think both cultures offer different things for different people. They are both wonderful in their own ways but depending on what you are looking for one might be more appealing.

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      1. I don’t know about you but where I am yoga classes are much more accessible. Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes seem harder to find/less convenient. I think I am committed to yoga for now. Thanks for confirming I am probably right to separate the different practices.

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  1. I am in the beginning stages of studying and learning about Buddhism. I’ve been on the search for a spiritual life for quite some time and have gained interest in Buddhist teachings and practices. Your blog is very interesting to me and have already gained insight from it. Thank you.

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