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Does it Become Easier?

March 4, 2017

Someone asked me recently if meditation becomes easier the more you do it. I thought about it and then answered - yes and no. 

Yes, it does become easier to quiet the chatter, to become still, to slow the breath and to ignore the distractions around you. Yes, it does become easier to get to a meditative state. The other half of my answer, the No, is because as you meditate more and enjoy it more, most of us want to go to a deeper state of meditation, a deeper awareness of stillness, of that feeling of Oneness. We want to see colors, images, and receive insights into our questions. Then, just as when you first started meditating, meditation in a sense, becomes challenging again.

There are these plateaus in our qigong practice as well. When you first begin practicing qigong you might not feel anything, then you start to feel a tingling as you do your qigong movements. You begin to feel the energy moving through your body, and around your body. You become aware of these sensations as soon as you begin your practice and they become stronger.

Then the day comes when you do your qigong practice and you don't feel anything! What??
You begin to wonder if you're doing something wrong -  If qigong is no longer helping you.
Don't despair. This is a good thing. It means that you have arrived at a plateau.

Continue practicing and soon you will again have all the same awareness of your energy but you will feel it on a deeper level. You will become aware of where your energy flows freely and where it is sluggish. You will become aware of energy blockages. Your practice has now moved to a higher and deeper level.

Below is an excerpt from an article about meditation that you might enjoy reading. The full article can be found at 
http://liveanddare.com/meditation-tips-and-answers

It is essential to integrate mindfulness in your daily life. Your “formal sitting” will make your practice deeper; but bringing mindfulness into moments of your life will make your practice wider.

Both seated practice and “daily life practice” are essential; one is incomplete without the other. It’s like the two wings of a bird.
Here are suggestions for moments of your day when you can stop, look inside, and take a breath and be mindful.

While commuting

  • When you stop at the traffic light

  • While waiting for an elevator

  • Before unlocking your phone (when a notification beeps or call rings)

  • Before opening up your email inbox

  • Before starting a meal

  • Before you open the door of your house

  • Before you walk out of your home

  • When you start your car

  • Next time someone asks you a question or says something that you bothers 

  • Before getting out of bed

Try these. After a few days you will see that these “tiny moments” of mindfulness will make a real difference to the quality of your day, of your mind.

In this article Giovanni is specifically talking about meditation and mindfulness but you can apply these same ideas to your qigong practice. While 30 minutes of practice is ideal,  you can do your favorite qigong movements during all of those moments he lists. If you see me at a stop light you'll notice that while I'm waiting for the light to turn green, I am usually doing the Breathing of the Universe. 

Keep meditating, keep practicing qigong, enjoy the experience, enjoy all you learn on this journey.
 

                          be well,
                                 Karyn

Don't forget about the FOR WOMEN ONLY qigong practice on March 7th. Learn more here

The most powerful tool for healing - lies within you
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Karyn@MovingYourEnergy.com

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