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Stillness and pulsing: moving without moving: great meditation work

November 4, 2019

The principal of yin yang is opposites.  Light-dark, hot-cold, male-female and so on.

You also have movement and stillness

In the practice of Qigong, there are many movements, or forms if you like.  They are normally performed as multiples of one singular form, done as a stand alone, or in sets of forms.

The movement and focus on it makes for a great way to do meditation. Putting the mind to work by putting its attention on the breath, the timing, the feel and sound of it.

This is what most people see when they view people practicing the art.  They see the movement.

There is a another side of Qigong.  The stillness practice.  It is much harder, more difficult to quiet the mind, much more intense on the body to hold positions.

Stillness Qigong however is not truly still. Done either sitting or standing, it involves a gentle opening and closing of the joints.  It involves a lengthening out and in of the body’s tissue and movement of body fluids.

You don’t really see this as a viewer of the practice, but it is happening.

Increasing and decreasing internal pressures of fluids, relaxing the body allowing the joints to open and close, pulsing the energy to flow out and return and moving in sync with the breath.

One beautiful thing about this stillness meditative pulsing. It is so peaceful and gentle. There is no form,  no movement stresses (tightening).  It allows you to to truly focus on feeling the flow of internal movement and dissolve into the flow.

It is not easy. It takes a lot of practice, and it takes a lot of building the fortitude to maintain the focus while learning.  Standing and sitting in stillness are hard on the body until the strength and skills develop.

A minute of stillness can seem like an eternity.  I am still learning to be still.  I know the feeling of eternity well.

Yet I find the work to be amazingly powerful.  At times overwhelming.  Yet also intriguing enough to push me to continue the practice.

 

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