Starting off practicing can be difficult, or it can be easy if you understand the basics. If you really want to discover the secrets of Qigong (and ultimately the secrets of yourself), then the only way to begin is to start practicing, on your own, using whatever forms you know. In reality, the forms are meaningless…the forms are there to guide you and teach you how to discover Qi, but once you’ve tapped into this, the forms become less and less important. If you want to practice but can’t remember the forms, look at the videos on my website or make up your own based on forms you have done in the past (if you do make up your own, please show them to me, just to make sure you’re not overexerting or doing something incorrectly).
1. Expecting Qigong to instantly change your life. Qigong is a very subtle art, and it takes time to understand what it’s all about. If you are seriously interested in all the benefits that Qigong practice can give you, then you need to be patient and not have expectations in your practice.
This is because Qigong is the art of understanding the subtle processes that happen in your body. You learn to become more sensitive to these things, and over time your awareness grows. It generally does not happen after practicing once. And every day the practice is different. So each day build on the previous day, and over time the practice will open up.
The healing promise of Qi is that if you practice sincerely and dilligently, you will obtain the benefits that you are deserved. But you have to practice, and you have to have faith that this 4000+ year old system, proven to work by millions of people, will work for you.
2. Becoming distracted while practicing. It happens. In fact, in it is agreed that the first 2 years of practicing Qigong you are learning simply how to relax. Reaching a meditative state whlie practicing is the ultimate goal, but not easy in the beginning. Don’t worry. Embrace the distractions as feedback to what you can work on in your practice. Let go.
Some days it’s easier than others to relax the mind, but just work on it little by little. There will be days when you can’t relax the mind, and that’s ok. Just let go and allow the mind to relax, and it will happen. Little by little, you will catch glimpses of what the real practice is like, and that should further encourage you to keep going.
Letting go is the first step in getting rid of distractions. Forget about the noises outside, things that bothered you earlier, or things you have to do later. When you are truly in the moment, ideas of past and present do not exist.