Qigong Meditation is a special category within meditation. Qigong meditation is not only relaxing but it also enhances healing by increasing Qi flow within the body. Qigong literally means Qi or energy cultivation. Qigong meditation combines relaxation with mental focus to lead the Qi for specific goals that are unique to each particular meditation.
Qigong meditation includes many visualizations and breathing patterns to focus the mind on a simple healing task which crowds out the mental clutter of our busy lives. As you reduce the number of things your mind is focused on, the body relaxes more and more. The Chinese call this “trading ten thousand thoughts for one thought.”
Meditating can be frustrating if your mind is too cluttered. Try picking a time of day where your mind is already slower. For some people that is the morning just after they wake up, for others it is at night before bed. Don’t worry if you fall asleep, even one minute of meditation is helpful.
When you meditate, your mind does not have to be completely blank. Just lowering the volume of your thoughts a couple of percent is beneficial.
If sitting to meditate makes you antsy or uncomfortable, try standing and taking one slow step with each inhale and one slow step with each exhale.
Just taking a few mindful breaths throughout the day can be helpful.
There is a complete online recorded Qigong meditation program through the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester offered as individual volumes (1-5) that can be taken in any order. Recordings are accessed using Google Drive and access is for two years from your registration date. Click on the course titles below for the exact listing of meditations covered. Also, many of the Qigong exercise courses taught here include various meditations that pertain to that exercise program.