During the course of a typical day, our brain is incredibly active from mundane repetitive tasks to leaps of creativity and physical activity. Not to mention it keeps us alive in the background. Giving your mind a rest helps restore vitality and clarity.
It is no secret that our mind influences and even overpowers our emotions on a daily basis. Allowing the mind to settle, gives your emotional center a chance to breathe as well. Earl yin training it is very common for emotions to be release during practice. We see this as progress towards being free of painful emotional tension which the mind can so easily suppress.
We know that unchecked mental and emotional tension wreaks havoc on the human body. Neck and shoulder pain, migraines, hypertension, anxiety, arrhythmia, digestive disorders all directly related to our inability to release mental and emotional tension. A consistent meditative practice has been proven to greatly reduce, and often eliminate, these and other health issues.
There are many variations on the concept of meditation stemming from cultures and religious practices around the world. Our training focuses on the benefits of meditation to help balance the physical, mental and emotional being so we train the practice, not religion or spirituality. Here are some of the techniques we train.
You are invited to bring your attention to a single point of awareness which could be a candle, your breath, a texture, a taste or a sound. When your mind wanders, bring it back to the desired focus.
You are invited to integrate your breath work with simple movements to encourage a balancing of the autonomic nervous system. Breath moves body is a foundational principle of this training which includes Qigong.
Seated, standing or lying down, you are invited to settle into complete stillness. Completely in the moment with gentle attention to your breath.
You are invited to follow the instructions of your instructor as they lead a body scan, progressive relaxation or visualization practice. As it becomes more comfortable, this can become a personal practice as well.
Many people have tried meditation and failed to find value. Consider that every human is unique in their physical, mental and emotional makeup and therefore not every meditative practice will work for everyone.
Our approach is simple, lets work together to explore various meditative practices and see which one feels best for you today, right now with the understanding that tomorrow or next week, another practice may suit you better. The more you know, the easier it becomes to have a beautifully peaceful, successful practice.
Like any other training, it takes consistent practice and time for your mind to adapt and adjust its ways to meet this new demand. Consider that you did not get this stress out overnight, you have been working at it for years. Meditation is wonderful at redirecting mental pattering but it does take consistent effort and some time to see lasting results. Consider the health and relationship consequences of not taking that time for yourself.
We live in Dallas, Texas. Some 400 miles north of the Hurricane Harvey aftermath and flooding currently overwhelming our southern most neighbors in greater Houston and southern Louisiana.
Tai Chi is often called "Meditation in Motion". While this conjures up imagery of students basking in the morning sun, gracefully moving through their forms, reflections dancing gently on a nearby pond, I personally feel it is a bit misleading, especially during the first few years of Tai Chi training when simple coordination and concentration are such an effort.
I have always felt strongly about how well Tai Chi and Qigong can strengthen and heal the body, mind and spirit. Whether the pain / injury is acute or chronic, many, many people have found relief and even resolution within the halls of Tai Chi and Qigong training. This week it was my turn to put these theories to the test.