Is Qigong easy?

This line of thinking will get you in a lot of trouble. What is easy? What is hard? They are really just comparisons, dualistic thoughts that support each other. It’s seemingly a way we can gauge the difficulty level of something, yet, it sets up limits.

I know a graphic designer who can whip up an amazing design in minutes. She says it’s easy.  But for others, it’s very difficult. So it’s not the task that is easy or hard, it’s ability of the person attempting the task that makes it easy or hard. So why do we pin the label of easy or hard on the task or practice? Silly, actually.

So remove all thoughts of easy and hard. Just simply practice and see. Because Qigong is low-impact, it is suitable for all people. But if you first begin practicing and it seems difficult, you need to just take it a little slower. Over time, you will need less effort to practice.

Sometimes people have trouble with some of the physical movements, due to possibly and injury, tension, or range of motion issues. Simply modify the practice so that you can do the movement and feel comfortable. This sometimes means not bringing your arms above your head, or avoiding certain movements completely. It’s no big deal, relax, breathe and work within your own limits.

Sometimes people have difficulty with the meditative aspect of Qigong. Oftentimes they try too hard to meditate. That doesn’t work – meditation involves letting go and not trying to do anything. You simply relax the mind and practice non-doing. At first, you are able to practice real non-doing for only short amounts of time. Once you become aware that you are not doing anything, the mind takes over, and you are once again doing. The simple trick is to focus only on your breathing.  Once you are comfortable with this, you can turn your focus into “absence of focus” or “non-action” and reach deeper meditative states.

So, eliminate dualistic thinking like easy and hard, remove those limits, and simply practice. If you can do this one simple thing, you will unlock the secrets of the practice faster than you think.

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