- My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass. ~Terri Guillemets
Just getting out into nature takes physical movement. Never the less The health benefits of all this movement are tremendous: A boost in circulation, increased bone density and muscle strength, increased flexibility, lymph fluid circulation, emotional stability and many more benefits are associated with “working out.” Mike Adams
Qigong is the way I meditate and work out. Qigong came to mind quickly after diet. I’ve been to China several times on qigong study tours with my teachers, Daisy Lee and Francisco Garripoli. Merlin, a friend in Kauai, introduced me to “Transforming Stress into Vitality” by Mantak Chia in 1980. This was the first book I read and it changed my life to learn and start practicing Qigong. I kept practicing Qigong because it improves my mental physical, spiritual and emotional health.
Basically qigong is a way of helping you gain more awareness of the energy flow between you and nature. It is more than exercise, it is also meditation. The focus on coordinating the breath and movement, while stilling the mind and sinking into the earth is very stabilizing and increases your life force, concentration, circulation, immunity and much more. There are thousands upon thousands of kinds of qigong and ways to practice. I’ve practiced many. You can do standing poses, moving from your core to the rhythm of our breath or you can sit or lay down completely still and simply visualize your energy flowing with your breath. I think once you get a few of the basics, like the stance, flow and focus, you will find a rhythm of your own with your qigong. cycles of life, the rhythms of nature, the forces of the elements. I love to do my qigong facing the sun, feet planted on the earth. Qigong has really helped me improve my mental physical and spiritual health. Its so simple and easy to do I high recommend it.
it is well worth the time spent to practice qigong because the rewards in your increase in vitality and ability to handle stress and create healing for yourself is unlimited. Because of having low thyroid, I was always cold natured. I hated cold weather. After practicing Qigong for 10 years, I no longer am cold natured. I can always be comfortable in normal temperatures. This I attribute directly to my qigong practice.
You already know this. That you know is not enough. Act! Practice! Get out and enjoy yourself in nature!