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Mental Regulation of Qigong

By Dr. Bernard Shannon: In traditional qigong practice, we often speak of the three regulations: body, breath and mind. The purpose of this article is to discuss the mental regulation of qigong. The purpose of the mental regulation is to train and quiet the mind. The untrained mind is filled with disruptive chatter. The underlying root of most mental chatter is unresolved emotional disharmonies. It is well documented from repeated medical studies that stress has a direct impact upon one’s physiological and psychological health and is a precursor to the formation of many diseases.

 

The T'ai Chi Traveler

By Dr. Paul Lam: I must be the first instructor in history to have travelled over 1 million miles teaching tai chi (taijiquan) and very likely the first to train over 6,000 instructors. Traveling has many challenges, both mentally and physically yet the rewards are immeasurable. The greatest reward is when people tell me how much they have improved their quality of life! I can’t believe that I have met and shared quality time with so many people from different countries and cultures.

 

The Map of the Qigong and T'ai Chi Universe (part 1)

By Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD: It is estimated that there are 10,000 various methods of Qigong (Chi Kung), including many forms of T’ai Chi (Taiji). There are forms named for nature—heaven, earth, the five elements (fire, earth, wind, water, wood). Many forms of Qigong focus on gathering Qi from trees, mountains, rivers and oceans. There are forms named after the immortals and myths as in Yellow Emperor Qigong, Laozi Qigong. Some are based on the insights of recent teachers. Others are historic developments with roots that lead to actual people and actual lineages. While it is not necessary to give an exhaustive catalog of the 10,000 forms, it is quite inspiring to explore a simple system for thinking about the kinds of Qigong.

 

It's All About The Water

By Ron Teeguarden, Master Herbalist: Jing Qi Shen Xuan Guan—This Daoist phrase translates as “The Three Treasures—Jing, Qi and Shen—are the entrance to the state of conscious immortality.” The Jing of Water— The Water Element is directly associated with Jing, the Kidneys and the maintenance of Life. The Qi of Water—Water moves, carries energy, oxygen, minerals and nutrients, all of which are needed to make and maintain Qi. Water has Qi or it is dead. Stagnant water will decay. Moving water will become enlivened. Water can serve as a model for living, but since we are mostly water, it has a very practical and profound influence on our corporeal life, how we live and ultimately on whom we are. People commonly say “we are what we eat.” But being at least 75% water, maybe “we are the water that we consume” is a more accurate truism.

 

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Departments include "Healing with Foods: Winter – Foods that nourish the Kidneys" by Christina J. Barea, MMQ; "Shaolin's Origin, History, & Status" by Steven Luo; 2017 The Year of the Fire Rooster, as well as our typical news and cultural tidbits.

 

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