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Ten Life Secrets I Learned in T’ai Chi & Qigong #2

2. Relax down through your body.

One of the primary things I’ve learned in T’ai Chi and Qigong is the meaning of conscious relaxation.  Conscious relaxation is an active process that is different from “crashing on the couch” or “vegging out” in front of the TV.  In contrast to passive relaxation in which you “zone out,” conscious relaxation makes you more alert and tuned in.  It connects you more deeply inside.

Here’s the cue: First, focus on feeling inside your body.  Find any areas of tension or tightness.  Imagine that tension as a chunk of ice that is melting.  As it melts, allow it to flow like a waterfall down through your body and down into the ground.  Then, imagine and feel a waterfall flowing from the top of your head down through and around your body, washing any tension down into the ground.

A great way to get a feel for this is in the shower.  You can use the sensation of the water flowing down your body to help you feel the inner experience.  Then, record that feeling in every cell of your body, so you can take it with you, out of the shower and into your life.  Use that remembered sensation to consciously relax yourself whenever you feel tension rising.

Try it out and let me know how it feels,

Kevin Schoeninger

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