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Continuation of my 30 day Spontaneous Qigong trial and a brief mention about commenting on my blog and website. For a primer of what this trial is about, click here.

Day 3

Today, I had a slow start to the day but decided to get on and complete my 10 minutes of qigong with my family around. Perhaps because I was still waking up, the exercises were milder.

Primarily I did shaking up and down, along with some gentle side bends and twists. It was a pleasant practice and a nice way to wake up my body.

At one point in the middle of my practice my 2 year old son, kept asking me to get him a snack. I didn’t want to stop my practice, but I knew I had to otherwise he would keep asking and asking and then maybe get annoyed if I said to him to wait. So I quickly went and gave him a snack and then resumed my practice.

Stop and Start

I didn’t think anything of this until later, when I realised that it is possible to stop and quickly resume the Spontaneous Qi state. There were no bad effects or problems with doing this.

I guess it is like when a jogger is jogging along in a nice flow but then comes to a road crossing. He then has to wait for the traffic to stop, which could interrupt his nice jogging flow. What to do in this situation?

Stop?

At that traffic light, do you stop running and let the physical tiredness sink it.

It may not be a good idea, especially when you realise just how knackered you actually are.

I mean jogging on a Saturday morning? –  Wouldn’t it be better to just go down the Nag and Swan public house and have some pie and chips? You could be on your third pint by now, staring at barmaids Shanahan’s bosom as she bends down to retrieve that bag of pork scratchings from behind the bar.

Or jog up and down on the spot?

Or at the traffic light, do you jog up and down on the spot to keep the flow? Like a severely constipated guy, anxiously waiting outside a toilet cubicle door to become free. Waiting… waiting… waiting… ready to explode. “Can you hurry up in there PLEASE!” you complain.

But no sounds comes back. Behind those doors, the bugger’s probably waiting quietly for you to give up and go away. It’s a battle of wills.

Choices, choices…

I’m exagerating.

Of course, the stop is a minor inconvenience but the jogger will be able to get back into the flow once again. And I think it can be the same with qigong, or tai chi or yoga. Even Spontaneous Qigong.

Regular exercise helps keep the channels more open

On reflection, I feel that if my body and muscles were more opened up already I may be able to go deeper into this practice. For example, if I was already doing a regular exercise programme like swimming or yoga, the spontaneous Qi movements may be different.

Possibly the spontaneous Qi movements may be more subtle. With less blockages, the Qi can move more smoothly and wouldn’t have to concern itself with pushing itself through blockages.

However, I won’t incorporate any other exercise program at the moment, as I want to just focus on this 30 day trial. If I add any more exercises into my daily life, I may overwhelm myself and give up too soon. So in a way, this is a test of my discipline not to try to do too much, which is also one of my tendencies.

Enabling comments on my blog

This morning, A close friend of mine, who is also an acupuncturist, and a long time practitioner of Qigong sent me a message. He is interested in my qigong trial and wanted to add a comment. However, my comments on my website are deactivated.

His message made a reference to me being like an island:

“like me, you’re an island sending out a message, but not sure what comes from it to assist your own growth.”

Comments set to stun

What he says is true. In one of my intermission blog posts, I talked about disabling my comments.

I have also purposely tried to remove my ‘like’ button and my ‘follow’ button.

I feel it was either I was completely opened up for dialogue, comments, ‘likes’ and follows. Or I put up some walls and focus only on creating content. I have chosen the latter. The advantage of my choice is it allows me to focus completely on content creation. But I am willing to accept that I have closed myself off too tight.

I understand that I lose the chance to connect and also more importantly, I lose the chance to grow. People may write insightful comments, which may help me. They may even share their own experiences.

However, this does not mean I am not open to connection. If I receive an email, I am happy to reply and will usually put more time and effort into a reply.

Comments: Make it so

I am sure that my friend would write something meaningful and insightful, particularly as he has a lot of qigong experience. For this reason, I have activated my comments for these posts on Qigong and will keep them open. For the rest of my site, I will keep them inactivated.

Next Log

Click here for day 4 of my 30 day spontaneous qi practice.

Picture Accreditation: Taken from ‘Shamo’ – training in the Mountains, Japanese Manga