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Ten Life Secrets I Learned in T’ai Chi & Qigong #1

1. Feel your feet on the ground
Now that might seem a bit mundane, but, with the right attention, it can be the foundation of something life-changing.  T’ai chi and qigong begin with body awareness and through this you awaken your ability to sense your internal energy field and the energy around you.

It all begins in your feet.  Here’s the cue: Feel the entire surface of both feet firmly on the ground.  Become aware if your weight is more in one foot than the other.  Is your weight more on the ball of your foot or the heel?  Is your weight more on the inside of your foot or the outside edge?

Now, feel the entire weight of your body sink down through the center of your feet, just behind the balls of your feet, and into the ground.  Feel as if you have roots sinking into the ground through the center of both feet.  This is “grounding” yourself or becoming “rooted.”

Practice feeling your feet on the ground and sinking all your weight down through the center of your feet as often as you think to do it.  Try it when you feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed.  Try it when you feel threatened in any way.  Practice it when you are walking.  Feeling your feet on the ground is a great way to get out of your head and back to feeling solid ground underneath you.

Try it and let me know how it feels,

Kevin

Kevin Schoeninger

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