Undoing the Layers of Stress

    In my Friday Qigong class, we discussed how patterns of tension and resistance are stored in our bodies. This understanding is so essential that I thought I’d start our week talking about it here. The rest of the week, we’ll explore ways to gradually reduce accumulated stress and make sure that we aren’t adding to it over time.

    Imagine that tension in your system has three different layers. The first relates to what is happening in your day today, the stresses that you are dealing with at the moment. This layer of tension is readily released by Qigong, T’ai Chi, Yoga, deep breathing, meditation or other active relaxation practices. When you practice active relaxation daily you keep tension from accumulating in your system.

    The second layer of tension you might call your “Life History.” These are the unresolved experiences or traumas that are recorded in your body from life events. Any situation that overwhelmed your ability to resolve it to completion is stored in your body until it is released. Becoming conscious of these past stored tensions and actively letting them go happens progressively over time through consistent practice of active relaxation techniques and other body-heart-mind-spirit therapies.

    The third layer of tension resides in what you might call your genetic/energetic blueprint, what you carry into this life from your parents and from any experiences you might have had before you arrived here in this body. Your “energy body” patterns your DNA and gives you the specific characteristics of your genetic and personality makeup. Strong and consistently repeated experiences in your life also imprint your energy body so that your cell replication is influenced by your habits and experiences in this life.

    Why is this important?

    It’s important because tension in your system is the precursor to the frustrations, illnesses, and conflicts that you experience.

    It’s important because the more often, the more intently, and the more consistently you practice active relaxation, the deeper the release of tension in your system. As you clear the current day’s tension, you begin to undo the layers of tension in your life history, and then to re-pattern your energetic blueprint so that you express your fuller, healthier, more authentic potential.

    Underneath these layers of tension you discover a more primary and essential layer that is always already healthy, whole, and connected to the One Life that we all share. As you live from that experience, your life takes on brilliant new dimensions.

    Enjoy your practice!

    Kevin Schoeninger

    P.S. Qigong Meditation is a powerful practice to actively release the layers of tension from your body. You can check it out here: Qigong Meditation Secrets

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