Qigong — the process of integrating and adjusting body, breath, and mind to achieve balance and harmony for health and wellness — involves meditation, breath, and movement. But that is a very simplistic definition of Qigong. Actually, life is Qigong, so to be a Qigong Master is to be a Master of your life.
(Scroll to the bottom of this post to see a video demonstrating some fundamental Qigong movements.)
Many will say that there are very rigid and difficult techniques to master in order to be a Qigong Master, but that is only an opinion, it is not a fact. The fact is that all beings are inherently endowed with all the essential elements to be a master of their life, to be a Qigong Master.
The question is, do you want to claim your personal power and use it to live your life well?
If you answered “yes” to the previous question you have what it takes to be a Qigong Master, regardless of any preconceived ideas, opinions, limiting conditions or beliefs.
So, with regard to movement, like yoga, there are many, many exercises and techniques with varying degrees of difficulty, but do you need to learn and master them all to be a Qigong Master? Some will say that you do, but again, that is an opinion, not a fact. Some Qigong movements or exercises are so simple that virtually anyone with a body can do them, regardless of age or ability. In fact, Qigong exercises may be done standing, sitting, or lying down.
If you are struggling with the concept of being a Qigong Master, because somewhere in your mental programming there is a subroutine that says you must be highly skilled like Bruce Lee to be a Qigong Master, that’s OK. Just remind yourself that even Bruce Lee began as a Martial Arts Practitioner before he became a Martial Arts Master.
We must all begin somewhere. Do not limit yourself by comparing yourself to another person. Instead use that energy to compare yourself to other versions of yourself — where you are today compared to yesterday, and where you can be tomorrow compared to today.
Each day when you get up, before anything else, if you are physically able to do so, stand up and jump or bounce for as little as 30 seconds! If you are unable to do this, you can do virtual jumping or bouncing with visualization.
Another simple Qigong movement first thing in the morning, while still lying down, pedal your legs as if riding a bicycle for as little as 30 seconds.
These simple activities can boost your energy and balance your emotions. WOW, how easy is that?