How Is Meditation Related to Tai Chi and Qigong

Lately, Westerners have been hearing more and more about experimenting with visualization for improving one's physical performance and mental attitude. Books on using visualization for improving one's success in business and the power of imagery in healing are also gaining acceptance in our present-day society. T'ai Chi has been using imagery since T'ai Chi began around 1200 a.d. When practicing T'ai Chi, the colorful descriptions used for different passages, such as "wave hands in clouds" or "crane spreads wings" conjure mental images that influence the quality of the movement. Because the practice of T'ai Chi is precise and also imaginative, both hemispheres of the brain are drawn into play. The use of the right and left brain draws out the most potential in an individual. A relaxing, yet strengthening technique such as T'ai Chi develops the whole person, in mind, body, and spirit. It is not something that can only be talked about in theory, but needs to be experienced.

Even the learning of T'ai Chi and Qigong exercises can be a meditation. When we learn a new movement in class (or from this book), we first attempt to understand it with our rational, logical mind. We follow that initial understanding by physically trying the movement, then thinking some more, practicing some more, and so on. When you are so involved in this process that, hours later, you look at the clock and see that it's much later than you thought—you're meditating. You were in a different world for a while, devoting your concentration exclusively to T'ai Chi. You didn't worry about the bills, or the grandchildren, or taxes—you were living in the moment, enjoying your learning experience. That's meditation.

Another link to T'ai Chi is found in the concept of Qi itself. Certain meditations use a visualization of energy (Qi) flowing through the body in a prescribed manner. This increases your concentration and focus, once again taking you "outside of yourself." T'ai Chi and Qigong, of course, use the Qi to produce power and healing in the body.

At the higher levels of T'ai Chi practice, it is said that the practitioner is performing "moving meditation." This simply means that the T'ai Chi player is going beyond the physical aspects of the form, and is drawing in her concentration, thinking about guiding the energy down to her legs and arms. It is said that "the mind leads the Qi; the Qi leads the body." Therefore, you have as an end result the mind leading the body.

Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

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