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 Schoeninger

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      11 Responses to “Ten Life Secrets I Learned in T’ai Chi & Qigong #1”

      1. Hi Kevin,
        I practice Qigong and first learnt about this a couple of years ago. I love doing this especially outside on the grass where I feel really connected to the earth. I feel grounded and such a sense of peace. Plus I also set an intention to get out of my head and allow the energy pass into my core. Love it. Thanks for the reminder.
        Felicity 🙂

      2. I love the first life secret. The feeling of strength and power is “huge”. I have never felt so solid from my feet to top of my head. Thanks for sharing.

      3. A.Oscar says:

        All ways being into martial arts Aikido; that because old man could still use into later days; but all of them martial arts give me some understanding very good to the mind. I exercise regular, swimming and meditate. If you like I accepted your offer.
        I am in Portugal not very far from Algarve- but I livid in Canada for more than thirty years. In Calgary Alberta
        All the best to you and have a nice Christmas
        Antonio Oscar

      4. I find this very interesting…I have been wanting to learn more about Qigong for a long time…thank You.

      5. Thank you for sharing this. I am very interested in learning more about. Qigong

      6. Patrick Hamunyera says:

        The T’ai chi and qigong secret sound interesting, and I’m going to practice it. Thanks and Merry Chrismas & Happy New year.

      7. Thanks for this 1st of 10 tips. 🙂

        Just to say that your Retweet button ain’t working, though! 🙁


      8. dras says:

        all this is familiar to me, as i used to practise t’ai chi earlier! i’m gone quad now (and cannot control my breathing – nevertheless, i still want to be in touch with both t’ai chi & qi gong! is pure visualization enough for this? (it is for meditation, reiki… i know)

      9. Tom says:

        Thank you for the information. A true Christmas gift to share with friends.

      10. Hi Dras,
        Yes, a big part of Qigong is visualizing energy centers, points. and pathways. You can certainly receive great benefit from using your imagination to see and feel all of these things in your body. In T’ai Chi and Qigong it is said that the mind leads the qi (“chee,” life energy).


      11. A focus on movement and posture for personal power is so useful. I love chi gong and use a five minute finger chi gong for relaxation and calmness. I use powerful stances for centering and confidence, many of them Lifeskills exercises (practical for everyday use) borrowed from eastern practices and Bidanza and useful for public speaking and presentation. I look forward to reading the next Kevin. Merry Chrotams and happy New Year to you all, Frances Barrone, Certified Lifeskills Consultant at the Lifeskills Centre Swindon

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