Qigong: An Easier, Better Feeling, More Effective Meditation Technique

When you think about meditating, what do you hope to get from it?

Is it stress relief? Feeling more peaceful? Do you want to improve your health and boost your energy? Do you hope to let go of negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, so you can manifest what your soul desires? Do you long to connect more deeply with your spiritual path and purpose?

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There are many different styles of meditation that promise many of those benefits. These include progressive relaxation, mindfulness, breath awareness, loving kindness, insight, mantra, and various contemplative techniques.

If you’ve tried any or many of these, what were your results?

Did you find it difficult to relax, let go of thinking, and find that deeper peaceful place? Did you find yourself fidgety or agitated? Did they leave your body stiff, your mind frustrated, or your heart still longing for that spiritual bliss meditation had promised?

What if I told you there is one meditation style that is easier, feels better, and is more effective in achieving all the benefits you are looking for?

In my experience, that technique is Qigong (“chee-gung”) Meditation.

Qigong is an ancient practice with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In China, it is often prescribed as complementary treatment for a variety of illnesses and regular practice is promoted as the best preventative medicine. Many begin Qigong to relieve stress, improve health, or boost their mood and energy.

Yet, as you practice Qigong, you soon discover that the relaxation, health, and energy benefits are just the beginning. Qigong progresses in stages from postural alignment and deep relaxation, to inner peace and positive feeling, to greater self-awareness and insight, to profound states of connection with your spiritual essence, guidance, and life purpose.

Qigong accomplishes this through a combination of standing and seated postures, using both stillness and gentle movement. You might be familiar with one of the more well-known forms of Qigong called “T’ai Chi.” T’ai chi is a standing, moving form of Qigong that is an elaborate martial arts sequence. Most forms of Qigong are much simpler.

My first experience of Qigong was, in fact, learning T’ai Chi. Yet, in the process of learning T’ai Chi, I began to get more and more interested in the meditative, energetic, and spiritual dimensions—which is what Qigong Meditation is all about.

Here are some insights and tips from Qigong that you can apply to your own meditation practice:

1. Practice good posture, both standing and seated

One thing that makes Qigong Meditation unique is its emphasis on Standing Meditation. Standing Meditation is a powerful way to release chronic tension, relax and align your whole body, boost your energy and immune function, and help you feel more grounded, balanced, and confident. Regular practice of Standing Meditation translates to feeling relaxed and empowered in all your activities and interactions in the world.

Seated meditation in Qigong is done sitting in a chair, which is both easier and more comfortable for most Westerners. Sitting in this way also translates well to feeling relaxed and empowered when you are in meetings, at work, and doing other normally-seated activities.

Posture principles of Qigong, whether Standing or Seated, include:
*Feeling the entire sole of both feet firmly on the ground, parallel with each other
*Aligning your knees, hips, and shoulders with your feet
*Relaxing your shoulders down, while softening and releasing tension in your hands and fingers, and
* Imagining a string attached to the top of your head, drawing your spine gently upright

2. Alternate between stillness and movement

Qigong meditation alternates still Standing Meditation and Seated Meditation with simple movements to release tension and improve energy flow. Not only is this a great training sequence that feels good, it is an important principle to apply throughout your day.

In general, we sit too much—and that is bad for our health. Your body is made to move and many physical functions (such as digestion, respiration, and circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid) don’t work well unless you stand and move.

So, it’s best to alternate sitting, standing, and movement throughout the day. This breaks patterns of stagnant energy, stiffness, and lethargy, so you feel loose, fluid, positive, and alive!

3. Focus on inner sensations

Qigong focuses on feeling sensations inside your body—a little-developed inner skill called “interoception.” Focusing on interoception immediately brings you into the present moment. It also quickly and easily quiets your mind.

The part of your brain that is associated with sensation is deep in the center of your brain, a place that is free from thoughts. Bringing felt sensations into the forefront of your attention allows thoughts to fade to the background, giving your mind rest from the stress of over-thinking.

Feeling sensations also gets you more in touch with your emotions. Yet, it does so in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you. When you feel your emotions as sensations in your body, you tap into the energy and information available in your emotions, without being swept up in the stories of suffering associated with them.

4. Feel the sensation of breathing

Another sensation you learn to focus into in Qigong is your breathing. You tune into the subtle rhythm and flow of in-breath and out-breath.

Breath awareness facilitates the insight that all things come and go in a natural rhythm. This encourages you to flow with natural rhythms, rather than forcing things to be the way you want them to.

Breath awareness also leads to subtle energy awareness. In breathing, you draw in oxygen, the energy of life. As you attend to this most basic process, you become aware of the fact that you are a being of energy, fed by the air around you. Your life is intimately connected with your environment.

As you go deeper into the sensation of life energy, you realize that you are intimately connected to the Source of your life. You are embodied Energy, embodied Spirit. You come to know yourself as part of the One, Universal, Life Energy we all share.

Resting in that awareness, you know that all is well. You realize a state of quiet, still, spacious inner peace. It’s an awesome feeling!

How would you like to start every day with that feeling?

I invite you to try out Qigong for yourself, either by applying the above principles to your current rituals or by learning Qigong Meditation.

Enjoy your practice!

-Kevin Schoeninger
The Mind-Body Training Company

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3 Questions to Ask If Manifesting Isn’t Working For You!

Does the “law of attraction” really work… and if so, can it work better for YOU?

You’ve probably heard tales of how top athletes use visualization to achieve peak performance. Maybe you’ve heard how a cancer patient imagined powerful immune cells gobbling up cancer cells and was cured. Or you saw on “The Secret” how it’s possible to use images of what you desire to manifest your dreams into reality.

If you’ve investigated further, you’ve learned that there are two keys to using imagery successfully:

1. Create vivid images of what you desire using all your senses, and

2. Step into those images and really FEEL the experience “AS IF” you are living it right now.

Using these two powerful steps creates the mental-emotional, mind-body, neural networks that prime you for having similar experiences in real life! This helps you notice opportunities, inspires actions, and attracts what you want to you.

Now, some people have used these two steps and complain that they just don’t work. Their images just don’t seem to work out in real life. This is often because of three common manifesting obstacles. In this article, you’ll learn three questions you can ask to use these obstacles to move forward!

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A. Your desire might not match a real need.

Life supports our real needs and imagery works best when aligned with those real needs. We may have many desires that actually aren’t aligned with what is truly best for us.

Our minds can imagine virtually anything and we can get quite excited about and attached to what we imagine—even when having it wouldn’t give us what we are really looking for deep down in our soul. In these cases, all the imagery and positive feeling in the world may not bring those experiences to us. Life knows better and is protecting us from unaligned parts of ourselves!

So, if you find your imagined experiences remaining unfulfilled, ask yourself “What is my real need in this situation?”

B. The timing isn’t right yet.

There may be something blocking the fulfillment of a particular need. Something needs to be learned, healed, or gained first. Some things take a long time to come to fruition—and that time is important for deep insight, growth, and the gathering of resources.

As you look back on other things that have come to fruition in your life, were there any obstacles, detours, or roadblocks that led you to learn something new, meet someone new, grow as a person, or gather resources that wouldn’t have come about without that challenge?

So, if your imagined experience seems to be moving forward real slowly and taking a long time, ask yourself “What do I need to learn, heal, or gather before this experience can come into full expression?

C. The result comes in a different form than expected.

Sometimes we envision specific ways that we want an experience to happen, but it would actually be better for it to happen another way. In other words, it would be better if we experienced what we need in a different form.

For example, you may think of yourself in a specific job, but there is actually a job that suits your skills and temperament even better than the one you imagined.

Or you imagine yourself with a certain kind of person, but that kind of person actually brings out qualities in you that it’s time to grow out of. Another person would actually be better for a soul-supporting relationship.

Life wants to bring you what is best for you, in the best form.

So, see if you can notice what might really work for you, not just what you think is best, or what you are used to. Sometimes preconceptions can get in your way. See if it’s possible to be open to the opportunity available in “what is actually happening” rather than remaining fixed on how you think things “should be.”

Ask yourself, “What is the best form for this experience that will bring out the best in me?”

When you gain insight into your real need, appreciate that time and growth are important, and are paying attention to notice opportunities that bring out the best in you, then you can use the inner skills of manifestation powerfully and effectively.

Enjoy your practice!

-Kevin Schoeninger
The Mind-Body Training Company

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4 Easy Steps To Meditate Deeply

You may have heard that to master your life, you must first master your inner state.

Life happens from the inside out. Where you are coming from on the inside–your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and physical state–is the strongest determining factor in what happens around you and in how you experience and interpret whatever happens.

Because of that, many people have turned to meditation as a way to shift into a more relaxed, positive, clear, and focused inner state. Let’s explore four simple steps that can help you discover the peace within.

Meditation is a way to practice using these four steps. As you master these steps in your meditation practice, you can also use them at any moment in your life to bring you out of stress mode in relaxed clarity.

No matter which style of meditation you practice, you can use these four cues to meditate more easily and effectively.

1. Relax and Align Your Posture

Meditation begins with active relaxation. Active relaxation means that you put your attention inside your body and use your mind to release muscular tension. Maintaining a relaxed upright posture is an important key to actively releasing tension.

When you sit to meditate, notice and adjust your posture from your feet upward. Sit on the front edge of a chair, couch, or bed with your feet flat on the floor and parallel to each other. An ideal seat height is one in which your hips are level with or slightly above your knees.

Rest your hands palms down on your thighs. Drop your shoulders and soften your hands to release any tension in your arms. Imagine a string attached to the top of your head gently drawing your spine upright. Tuck your chin slightly lengthening the back of your neck. Close your lips lightly and place the tip of your tongue up to the roof of your mouth to relax your jaw.

Sitting upright like this is not mandatory, but it can be helpful. If you are unable to sit without back support, you can sit with your back against the back of a chair or in any comfortable position, even lying down. The bottom line is to actively relax yourself by becoming aware of your posture and making adjustments to release tension.

2. Feel your Inner Body

Adjusting your posture puts you in touch with what is happening in your body. The next step is to feel inside your skin, to feel your inner space. Notice what is happening inside your body without reacting to it–just become aware of it.

Observe your thoughts, feelings, and, most importantly, the sensations in your body. Witness these without reacting to them, criticizing them, or trying to change them. Just make note of what is going on. Scan your body to find any areas of tension or pain and settle your attention there–again just observing and relaxing.

Inner body sensing is the gateway to self-knowledge, self-mastery, and discerning inner guidance.

3. Breathe Consciously

One of the best ways to begin to feel inside your body is to become aware of your breathing. Imagine and feel as if your inhalation begins in your lower abdomen and expands upward into your upper abdomen and chest all the way up to your collarbones.

As you exhale, imagine and feel that whole space emptying from top to bottom. Allow your breathing to slow down and settle into a deep rhythm. Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing will balance your emotions and regulate your heart-rate and brainwaves so that your body comes into calm coherence.

If you notice any areas of tension in your body, you can imagine breathing into those areas to release pain or tightness. As you inhale, imagine gently filling the area of pain or tension with your breath. Imagine your breath easily expanding into that space. As you exhale, imagine that same space emptying out.

4. Smile Inside

To assist you in releasing inner tension and shifting into a positive state, practice inner smiling. Put a subtle smile on your lips. Feel appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to relax and feel positive in this moment. Smile with nurturing acceptance of whatever is happening inside. Imagine that every cell is smiling.

Inner smiling instantly shifts your body and brain chemistry and makes you feel positive and function optimally. This creates a positive cellular environment and grooves positive neural pathways in your body and brain. Inner smiling embodies an accepting, non-judgmental attitude toward yourself and others. It opens your heart and enables you to embrace what is good in your life.

For ease of memory, let’s shorten these four steps to: Relax, Feel, Breathe, and Smile.

Here’s a free download that guides you through a short variation of this. I call it “The Core Energy Technique” and you can get it here.

The next level is to connect the feeling of “Relax, Feel, Breathe, and Smile” through your 3 major energy centers. This gives you a feeling of integration you can feel more powerfully through Mind, Heart, Body and your Spiritual Connection. Get my free Core Energy Download and learn more about the complete Core Energy Meditation program here.

So, how did you find “Relax, Feel, Breathe, and Smile”?

Practice this a little every day and watch your inner state shift and your life come into balance. No matter what you want to do, you’ll do it better with a relaxed body, an open heart, and a clear and focused mind. This sets the stage for a healthier, happier, more abundant, loving, and purposeful life–a life that flows effortlessly from inner guidance.

Enjoy your practice!

– Kevin Schoeninger
The Mind-Body Training Company

P.S. If you enjoyed this, you’ll love Core Energy Meditation. Take the 3-minute meditation quiz and learn more here

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