The Cure for Negative Feelings

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Stress, anxiety, anger, fear, depression, and sadness have been defined as “negative emotions.” These are often pinpointed as the culprits when our lives are less than happy, fulfilling, and successful. We’re often told that if we could just get past them, we’d experience the peace, joy, health, and abundance that is our natural state.

These “negative emotions” seem to stand in our way. They seem to prevent us from getting everything done, from enjoying the comforts and pleasures of life, and from arriving where we want to go. If we could just find the cure for our negative feelings. . .

What if, on the other hand, our emotions were messages from our soul? What if every emotion arises with a specific purpose? What if every emotion contains important information and energy to carry out an important inward action? What if we knew how to read that information and use that energy?

Karla McLaren explores those possibilities in her phenomenal new book “The Language of Emotions” (Sounds True, 2010).

In our upcoming posts, we’ll journey into our Emotional Intelligence. We’ll discover the brilliant messages in our emotions and the powerful energy they provide to inspire, guide, and fuel our lives.

Until next time,
Stay tuned to how you feel,
Kevin

Kevin Schoeninger

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A Little-Known Problem-Solving Secret

What do you do when you get stuck on a problem or task and can’t seem to find a solution or inspiration? What do you do when you get stuck in a bad mood or emotional conflict and can’t seem to shift to a positive state or resolution? In this post, we’ll explore a simple, highly effective, and scientifically-proven technique to help you break-through and move forward.

A big part of what I do here at The Mind-Body Training Company is to create new content each week. To help with that, I keep my brain active by reading, teaching classes, taking seminars, doing new things, interacting with clients, and engaging in my own mind-body training practices. Consistent stimulation is a key to keeping our brains alive, adapting, and expanding.

However, there are those times when I am either stumped on what to write or I’m in the middle of writing and it’s just not coming together. For whatever reason, the ideas aren’t flowing or they aren’t fitting together in a logical sequence. When this happens, or at any time when I feel stuck emotionally or mentally, I’ve found an almost sure-fire solution—taking an exercise break.

Rather than beating my head against my laptop, I get up and move my body. It can be as simple as taking a 15-minute walk. It’s even better if I do a full-blown workout of cardio, strength training, and stretching.

One thing I’ve learned is to keep a pencil and paper handy, because the ideas are going to start flowing. Shortly after I take my mind off what I was working on, get into the rhythm of the movement, and start breathing deeply, new ideas and connections between ideas “magically” come to mind. It’s as if I opened a flood-gate. If I’m doing an exercise where it’s hard to write at the same time, then I just allow the sequence of ideas to grow in my mind. I repeat them in sequence and watch as new ideas get added in an organic way. If I’m doing an exercise that requires my full concentration, I’ll notice that the ideas really start to flow when I’m done.

So why does this work?

What happens in your brain when you exercise?

The latest research shows that exercise stimulates the creation of new neurons and new neural connections in the parts of your brain associated with learning and memory. It also increases nerve conductivity and the production of positive neurotransmitters in the parts of your brain where you process emotions. These “endorphins” not only make you feel better, but they make your body and brain function better as well. All this exercise-induced brain activity can shift you out of a poor mood or mental funk and get your creative juices flowing.

So, the next time you’re feeling stuck, mentally or emotionally, try a little exercise. Get up, get moving, breathe deeply, and be ready to catch the solutions as they flow.

Enjoy your practice!

Kevin

Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. Learn more about how exercise can help you grow what you truly desire. Click here to discover the “Unexplored Parallel.”

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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?

If you’d like to learn a powerful meditation system that gives you all of the results above in as little as 15 minutes a day, check out my Learn Qigong Meditation Program through the link below:

http://www.QigongMeditationSecrets.com

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

P.S. If you’d like to learn the secrets of Qigong Meditation in eight, simple, 15-minute practice segments, check out my Learn Qigong Meditation Program through the link below:

http://www.QigongMeditationSecrets.com

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