This has been an interesting week regarding my website and blogging work and so I felt it would be good to write a small update. I also wanted to announce the start of a 30 day trial of Spontaneous Qigong Practice.
This last week, one of my articles – ’12 Years a Slave: I was a Prisoner of the Steve Pavlina Cult’ gathered a little bit of traffic worldwide.
That article was a satirical piece based on the well-known blogger Steve Pavlina, who I have been following for years. The article was also a kind of keyword experiment, something which I have been learning about as I have been working on my blog.
Thankfully the feedback from Steve Pavlina was positive and I am grateful that my article has reached other growth-minded people. For this I am really grateful and feel really honoured.
Is my writing any good?
When you write, it is hard to know if what you write is any good. I don’t always get feedback and sometimes I wonder if basically my work just sucks. Also I am reluctant to ask for direct feedback, as it can be quite hard on the ego if someone tells you straight – ‘your writing sucks’. This, I suppose is something for me to work on.
So I see this interest in that article as a good indicator that my writing does have some value and it encourages me to keep going. I see it as a signpost that I am going in the right direction. We all need encouragement from time to time.
30 day trials
This leads me nicely onto the topic of 30 day trials. I have been following Steve’s work for several years and whilst I have found his 30 day experiments interesting and insightful to follow, I have never ever considered doing one myself.
I think perhaps I am afraid that I will fail and give up too early.
And I suppose this fear tells me something about myself. As it oft’ quoted, it is not the failure that is the problem. It is the fear of failure. And I believe I do have a fear of failure.
So for this reason it is good for me to put myself on the line and do a trial. Even if I fail, then I can learn something from it.
I suppose the closest I have come to doing a trial was when I decided to do 30 days of blog posting. However, in this instance, I was already half way through the 30 days before I decided to make it a 30 day challenge. So I suppose that is kind of cheating. I haven’t yet set a challenge from the offset and done it.
The topic of my 30 day challenge: Spontaneous Qigong
The reason I feel now is a good time to do a 30 day challenge is because this last week I have been working on a new article on ‘Spontaneous Qigong’. It is something I have wanted to write about for a few years now, as I have some minor experiences with doing it.
I have not practiced spontaneous qigong seriously for at least a year now, but whilst writing this article, I have been feeling motivated to start practicing it again. It also seemed like a good opportunity to turn it into a trial for the extra motivation.
What is Qigong?
Qigong is a Traditional Chinese set of exercises designed to build up and circulate the flow of energy (Qi/Ki) in your body. These exercises are relatively simple to perform but can be quite challenging for beginners. It involves various types of body movements and some static stances. I have practiced Qigong on and off for years. It is sometimes practiced by traditional acupuncturists and some martial artists.
What is spontaneous qigong?
Spontaneous Qigong is a specific type of Qigong practice, that is not so well-known.
Basically it is about letting the body’s Qi move freely and letting the Qi lead the body rather than you lead the Qi.
What this means is that the body starts to perform all sorts of unusual movements – bends, twists, shaking motions, sometimes even dancing or tai chi-type movements. But you do not control these movements. You are letting the Qi lead the body. It all sounds quite so esoteric and probably a bit strange to people not familiar with it.
However qigong is supposed to be really good for opening up your energy channels and having a better flow of Ki in your body. This in turn can benefit your health and help maintain a youthful state.
Why do a Spontaneous Qi 30 day trial?
As I mentioned, I have been working on an article on the topic of spontaneous qigong. Whilst researching and writing this piece of work, I felt quite motivated to get back into practice, especially as I have been doing no exercise in the last 6 months.
This is despite me having a gym membership and living just a mile away from the gym. You’ve heard of the ‘Invisible Man’? Well, I’m like the Invisible Gym Member.
Truthfully, things have been quite full-on for me these last few months and consequently, I have also not been eating as well. I feel that this is not good for my overall and long-term health and I feel I need to start introducing some exercise or healthy practices into my life. I want to put my life on a better course.
So, I think this is a good experiment for me to embark on. Also it could be a good introduction to the concept of doing 30 day trials.
Past experience with Spontaneous Qigong
I have had various experience with spontaneous Qi in the past and have wanted to write an article or blog post on these experiences to share with others. I believe spontaneous Qigong experiences are not so uncommon and that others will be familiar with the practice. However, what is lacking on the internet are accounts and articles of people’s experiences. So I hope to contribute something useful for people looking for information on this topic.
How to do such a trial?
Some people may wonder how does one enter a spontaneous Qi state? I am writing a more detailed article on Spontaneous Qigong and I will put a link to it here once it is completed.
Suffice to say, for me, I am able to enter the spontaneous Qi state quite quickly once I start Qigong practice.
The only thing is, I have never done spontaneous Qi practice for any prolonged period of time. I have done the odd sporadic practice for a few days consecutively but then I would let life get in my way and stop my practice. The same goes for yoga, which I got into about 10 years ago and really get a lot of benefit from, but never practiced consistently.
So really this trial is a challenge of overcoming laziness and staying disciplined. It is also about doing something for 30 days straight. In essence it is about strengthening my willpower.
Carrying out my trial
To keep it as simple as possible, my objective is to enter the spontaneous Qigong state and remain in it for 10 minutes a day. And to do this every day for 30 consecutive days.
I can do my practice at any time. I can include warm-up, stretches or any other kind of Qigong exercise to facilitate me into entering the spontaneous qi state if I require. Once the state begins then I can start the timer. I can continue practicing longer than 10 minutes if I want and if for any reason the state comes to an end naturally before the 10 minutes is up, that is fine, but I have usually found that it can continue for much longer than this.
Ultimately, all I have to do is practice 10 minutes of spontaneous qigong daily. I can carry out the exercises sitting or lying down as long as I experience the spontaneous qigong state.
Recording my results
I don’t think it is necessary to post about my experiment every day as I doubt I will have enough to report. So I will aim to do maybe 2 or 3 updates on this trial. In the meantime, I will continue to work on my Spontaneous Qigong Article as I think that will help keep me motivated to continue this trial.
I may begin by recording my general health state at the beginning of the trial to take a base measure. Then at the end, I may revisit what I wrote and see if there are any changes.
I won’t be going as far as recording data or doing a questionnaire. That’s just too much work and will take the enjoyment out of it. I just want to keep everything as simple as possible to ensure I can complete the trial.
I think 30 days is going to pass anyway and its only 10 minutes of practice a day. I can easily waste 10 minutes checking my smartphone. And there isn’t too much ego involved in this trial – e.g. I don’t expect any major changes or benefits to occur in this short period, so I am not looking for any specific outcome measure.
Nonetheless, it would be interesting to see what comes from it. I think the real challenge will be when I am busy or if I am really tired or not motivated. Or if I have a bad day. So in this case, it will be a good way of working on building my motivation and discipline.
So here goes. Let the Qi begin.
Click here for day 1 of my 30 day spontaneous qi practice trial.
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