Standing Qigong. The feedback I have received regarding Standing Qigong borders on it being a love-hate relationship…“hate doing it, love how it leaves me feeling after I do it.” In the Recipe for Recovery, I explain, “That’s all you do…stand. It is a very powerful exercise because it opens channels, lubricates joints and gets balance back where it should be.” Today, I offer something to help inspire your Standing Qigong and to assist in its effectiveness in your recovery.
First, here is the Standing Qigong from the Recipe for Recovery (when I had Parkinson’s, I leaned my back on a wall so I would not fall):
Below is a picture to identify the points I will be discussing as I explain how to add the Microcosmic Orbit energy flow and visualization into your Standing Qigong:
Microcosmic Orbit energy flow and visualization. Start at the Hui Yin area (squeeze the anus and release like you have been doing with the Standing Exercise) and as you inhale go up the back (Governing Vessel), and envision bringing energy up the spine to your brain on the inhale. The top point, Bai Hui, ends the Governing Vessel and starts the Conception Vessel, so when you reach the Bai Hui with your inhale, you exhale and follow the Conception Vessel down the front where it meets the Governing Vessel at the Hui Yin area. That is 1 cycle or orbit.
This may take some time to master, and that is okay. It is good for the body because, as a result of its location and because of gravity, the Hui Yin area is where energy can just sit and become “stuck.” This Orbit helps move the energy around. It also helps the mind clear out negative thoughts and emotions because it takes “conceived” (Conception Vessel) thoughts and “governs” (Governing Vessel) how we will respond to them. Just as a stagnant stream (stuck energy) can cause collection of all sorts of unhealthy things, a moving stream (circulating energy) keeps new and fresh thoughts and energy nourishing the brain.
As you focus on the Microcosmic Orbit as part of your Standing Qigong, the time pass by more easily. Also, you will be assisting your body in healing itself because you will be visualizing the energy flowing through the Microcosmic Orbit and this will help calm your mind. Over time, it can become a form of Standing Qigong meditation.
So, what are you doing right now? How about getting up and doing some Standing Qigong with the addition of the Microcosmic Orbit visualization!
Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,