Because people often wonder what the differences are between Qigong and Tai Chi, I explore these increasingly popular practices in my recent book, The Paradoxical Return of the Feminine. I have personal experiences using each, and today I want to share information about the effectiveness of Qigong. Who knows—it may be time for you to begin and/or deepen Qigong practice!
Specifically, “qi” means “life energy” and “gong” means “cultivation and its benefits.” It is an ancient technique developed throughout more than 5,000 years of Chinese history. Through gentle movement, visualizations, sound, breathing, and conscious intention, this ancient practice restores life energy and the creative power within oneself. As the underlying causes of life’s challenges are released, a person reconnects with the universal source and brings new and vital energy into the flow of life. Here are some of the benefits of Qigong:
Fortunately, scientific research has found Qigong:
The outstanding thing about Qigong and other practices is that they can be done by watching online or in-home videos—one doesn’t have to travel. I watch a video conducted by Master Mingtong Gu, who trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He established a healing center in Galisteo, New Mexico, not far from where I live. Although I have not visited the center, I am an avid supporter of this practice. My experience of doing Qigong every day for almost two years has been of great help—my body feels more limber and healthy, and I am able to focus and concentrate more effectively.
Do you do anything on a daily basis to consciously connect to your vital life energy? If you decide to give Qigong a try, or you already practice it (or a similar modality), your comments are most welcome!