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#24 10 Ultimate Ways to Manifest Happiness, Health and Well-Being in the New Year

Happiness, health and well-being are the “Ultimate Three Aspects of Life” that you need to manifest so that you can experience an awesome life, reality and world.

I would like to share with you 10 WAYS, 10 AFFIRMATIONS and 10 MIND POWER QIGONG breathing exercises that I have done and continue to do and that you can use to set yourself on your road to happiness, health and well-being.

1. Make a grateful list
2. Define what happiness means to you
3. Make meaningful goals
4. De-clutter
5. Laugh out loud
6. Mind power qigong
7. Meditate
8. Let more fresh air in
9. Spend some day time outside
10. Spend some night time outside

These are 10 excellent ways to begin your journey in the new year but can also serve as your guiding principles to create and manifest happiness, health and well-being on a daily basis throughout the year and beyond.

Happiness has been defined as a long lasting and enduring enjoyment of life. It is simply really being in love with living. Happiness may be defined differently for you than for others. To me it is a state of being, reward for achieving good character and the pursuit of rational personal values. From my perspective some examples of important values are the positive and valued treatment of others, a creative and productive career, loving family relationships, successful friendships, positive social interactions and having fun things to do.

Health is of course the state of being where you are free from illness and injury. Health depends upon your positive success in each of your three planes of existence – the physical, the mental and the spiritual.

Well-being in popular usage usually relates to health. But, philosophically well-being is a much broader term that amounts to your notion of how well your life is going. The concept of well-being also includes what is “actually,” truly, good for you and not what you may think is good for you. This obviously can vary greatly from person to person.

1. Make a grateful list

Get a pad of paper and a pencil and sit down in a quiet comfortable place. Focus on all the great things that you have and experience in your life that enhance your feelings of joy. Write these on your grateful list and place the list in a convenient location where you can read it each morning and new items to it at the end of the day.

Affirmation 1 – “gratitude is definitely the best way to attract more good things into my life.”

Qigong Exercise 1 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. INHALE, imagine that you are standing outside on a beautiful night with a dark clear sky, stars shining bright everywhere and say to yourself, “gratitude is definitely the best way…” EXHALE, imagine that thousands of fine silvery threads emanate from your solar plexus and each connects to a star in the universe and say to yourself, “…to attract more good things into my life.” REPEAT this for several minutes feeling your connection to the universe, the world and your reality.

2. Define what happiness means to you

Happiness is an attitude, not a physical state. It is a state of being. You need to make the decision to be happy and then go out and create the circumstances and find what makes you happy.

Affirmation 2 – “every atom of my being now resonates with joy and happiness.”

Qigong Exercise 2 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. INHALE, imagine that warmth and happiness shines from you like the sun’s golden rays and it lights up everything around you with positive happy golden energy and say to yourself, “every atom of my being now resonates…” EXHALE, imagine that everything that you lit up now reflects this warmth and happiness back to you and say to yourself, “…with joy and happiness.” REPEAT this for several minutes and with each breath you feel warm and happy inside.

3. Make meaningful goals

You need a sense of purpose to thrive. It has been shown that people with dreams and aspirations are happier than those without. There are many areas of your life where you can create goals. Ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” “What do I really want to do in my life?” “What kind of life do I want to create for myself?” These questions will help you define yourself and your goals.

Affirmation 3 – “I focus completely on what I am doing and I am happy and grateful that my goal has been achieved.”

Qigong Exercise 3 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. INHALE, imagine your goal in your mind’s eye, see yourself performing the steps to achieve your goal and say to yourself, “I focus completely on what I am doing…” EXHALE, imagine that you have achieved your goal, create a really clear picture of your success and say to yourself, “…and I am happy and grateful that my goal has been achieved.” Repeat this for several minutes and with each breath sense and feel the joy that completing your goal brings to you.

4. De-clutter

This is a really super concept and if you want a clear mind you need to de-clutter everything about your life. Specifically, and you may not even realize that this is affecting you, but a clean home is a clean mind and you really will feel better in an orderly environment.

Affirmation 4 – “I will not allow the space in my mind to be cluttered by things that add no value to my life.”

Qigong Exercise 4 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. INHALE, imagine the cluttered areas of your home perhaps your cupboards, closets, bookcases, bathroom, kid’s room and say to yourself, “I will not allow the space in my mind to be cluttered…” EXHALE, imagine what your home would look like all weeded out, clean and organized and say to yourself, “ …and I have removed the things that do not add value to my life.” Repeat this for several minutes and in the process sense how nice, how fresh your new organized life feels.

5. Laugh out loud

It has been shown through scientific research that laughing releases endorphins and lowers the levels of stress hormones that are circulating in your blood and body. Laughing is good for the soul and we all know how contagious it can be when in the company of friends and relatives.

Affirmation 5 – “I am lightening up, laughing more, playing more, and fully embracing all that’s joyful in life.’

Qigong Exercise 5 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. INHALE, imagine yourself laughing, EXHALE and feel what it is like to be laughing and put a smile on your face. REPEAT this 6 times. Next place your right hand over your heart and gently place your left hand on top of it. INHALE as you press gently inward with both hands toward your heart, EXHALE as you softly vocalize, “haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ha, ha ,ha ,ha, haaaaaa” and focus on what you feel under your right hand, feel the stress leaving your body, feeling great.

6. Mind power and qigong

Through the use of mind power coupled with qigong you can create the Balance, Abundance and Flow that is necessary for stress free living. You can manifest a higher, more positive state of being. Learning to control your breathing through qigong practice helps you manifest positive responses to the stresses, fears and anxieties that crop up during your day. Mindful breathing brings peace and contentment.

Affirmation 6 – “I use my breath and mind to increase my awareness of self.”

Qigong Exercise 6 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. INHALE for a count 1-2-3-4, PAUSE your breath for a count of 1-2, EXHALE for a count of 1-2-3-4, PAUSE your breath for a count of 1-2. Repeat this 6 times. Now, INHALE for a count of 1-2-3-4 while saying to yourself, “I use my breath and mind…” PAUSE for a count of 1-2, EXHALE for a count of 1-2-3-4 while saying to yourself, “…to increase my awareness of self…,” PAUSE for a count of 1-2. REPEAT this 6 times. It is here that you can learn to control your body, mind and spirit.

7. Meditate

Through tons of scientific research, medical studies and according to the Dali Lama meditation not only decreases stress, but also triggers a neurological response that makes you happy.

Affirmation 7 – “focus and clearing my mind produces a healing stillness within me.”

Qigong Exercise 7 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. Focus your eyes on the tip of your nose, INHALE slowly and feel the air as it flows past your the nostrils, EXHALE slowly and again feel the air as it flows past your nostrils. REPEAT this 9 times making sure to feel the air as it brushes past your nostrils. INHALE, feel the air and say to yourself, “focus and clearing my mind…” EXHALE, feel the air and say to yourself, “…produces a healing stillness within me.” REPEAT this 9 times. When finished take a moment and reflect on how you are now feeling.

8. Let more fresh air inside

Very often the air inside your place of residence gets stuffy and stagnant. Open a window and let some fresh air in. Fresh air is invigorating and increases the levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a chemical that helps maintain a “happy feeling,” and seems to help keep your mood under control by helping with sleep, calming anxiety, and relieving depression.

Affirmation 8 – “I am grateful for fresh air that comes through my window.”

Qigong Exercise 8 – Sit near your open window where there is fresh air (do not sit directly in the draft and if it is chilly make sure you bundle up warmly), INHALE, expand your mind to feel and smell the fresh air and say to yourself, “I am grateful for the fresh air…” EXHALE and say to yourself, “…that comes through my window.” REPEAT this for 5-10 minutes. Know that the fresh air is good for your health and mental well-being.

9. Spend some day time outside

The outside, relative to the inside, is considered to be yang. Day time is yang and therefore energizing. There is nothing like the bright outdoors, the air, the trees, nature and especially the daylight. Take a walk. Just taking a quick walk, even just down the street and back, can clear your mind and raise your mood.

Affirmation 9 – “Taking a walk in the daylight feels great. It gives me energy and lifts my mood.

Qigong Exercise 9 – Take a few abdominal breaths and relax. As you are walking INHALE to a count of your footsteps 1-2-3-4, then EXHALE to the count of your footsteps 1-2-3-4. REPEAT for several cycles until you have this pattern going nicely (adjust your breath or your walking speed if necessary). INHALE 1-2-3-4 while you say to yourself, “Taking a walk in the daylight feels great…” EXHALE 1-2-3-4- while you say to yourself, “…It gives me energy and lifts my mood.” Make sure you smile at the end of each breath and repeat this for your entire walk.

10. Spend some night time outside

Night time is an awesome time to be outdoors. Compared to day time it is Yin and thus it can have an immense calming and peaceful effect on your mind and spirit. You might try going stargazing. By looking out at the stars you can experience and really feel the limitless abundance of the Universe. Go out and find a spot relatively free of unnatural light and marvel at the beauty of the night sky and the wonders of the Universe.

Affirmation 10 – “I am being pulled by the infinite field of possibilities, to my true self and the life of my dreams.”

Qigong Exercise 10 – Find a nice place outdoors at night where you can look at the sky with little or no extraneous light. Place your right hand on your abdomen so that your thumb covers your navel, then gently place your left hand on top of it. Breath normally, INHALE slowly, EXHALE slowly, as you imagine yourself surrounded by a blanket of universal energy. REPEAT this for 2 to 5 minutes. INHALE and say to yourself, “I am being pulled by the infinite field of possibilities…” EXHALE and say to your self, “…to my true self and the life of my dreams.” REPEAT this for as long as you like. Enjoy the nighttime knowing that its peaceful Yin energy is soothing your body mind and spirit.

The above 10 ways are really awesome, inexpensive and in fact FREE ways to create and manifest happiness, health and well-being in your life. But, I think that an 11th and very beneficial way to manifest happiness, health and well-being is to share with others. To share with your family and friends by telling them, showing them and experiencing with them what makes you happy. Let them know the things that you are doing. Everyone can learn from each other so share your happiness, your health and your well-being with everyone that you meet. Together we can all move the universe and the world to a higher level of consciousness. Remember – It’s Your health! Create It Now!

In Gratitude!
Doc H
Your Mind Power Qigong Mentor
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#23 Xin Huxi Qigong part 4 – 3 Easy Chang Bao Qi Exercises to Warm the Body and Energize the Spirit

Xin Huxi Qigong has as its central concept that of “Center Breathing.” Center Breathing is breathing in a fashion such that the Dan Tian – Elixir Field – is balanced, abundant and flowing with Qi. As with any system of exercise whether it be Qigong, Tai Chi or Kung Fu it is always recommended that you warm-up prior to the major portion of the training or practice. In Xin Huxi Qigong the first and easiest forms to learn are the stationary warm-up exercises.

The most important point to remember is that these are warm-up exercises. Their purpose is to begin to loosen you up, increase circulation, and provide you with an opportunity to focus your mind on the movement of your body and on your breathing. The warm-up exercises should help you to begin the relaxation process and get you into the spirit of the thing.

These warm-up exercises for the most part keep the feet in the same position.  This position is where the  feet are parallel and shoulder-width apart. It is important to breathe using chang bao qi breathing during the warm-up exercises.

These three basic stationary forms all start with the same stance or way of standing. It is called the “Feet Parallel Stance.” To perform this stance stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your toes should be turned in slightly. Your shoulder should be shoulders relaxed and your arms hang loosely at your sides.  Your hands are relaxed and just touch the sides of the legs.

Warm-up Exercise #1 – Circle Arms Forward and Backward

Begin in feet parallel stance as describes above. Touch your tongue to the back of your upper teeth at the gum line as you breathe in through the nose and circle your arms, in large circles in the forward direction, four complete rotations during the entire inhalation. Touch your tongue to the back of your lower teeth at the gum line as you breathe out through the mouth and you circle your arms, in large circles toward the back, four complete rotations during the entire exhalation. You have now completed one set. Repeat for an additional three sets.

During this exercise you can add mind power and create a conscious mind connection by visualizing that you arms are like a wind mill and you are creating large circular currents of energy that flow to you and throughout the universe. With this you can engage your subconscious mind by affirming, “I feel and attract the circular waves of energy that now flow through me and energize my body, mind and spirit.”

Warm-up Exercise #2 – Twist Left and Right

Begin in feet parallel stance as described above. Touch your tongue to the back of your upper teeth at the gum line as you breathe in through the nose and you twist your trunk at the waist left and right with your feet flat on the floor turning twice to each side during the entire inhalation. Touch your tongue to the back of your lower teeth at the gum line as you breathe out through the mouth and you twist your trunk at the waist left and right doing a full rotation allowing heels to come up off the floor turning twice to each side during the entire exhalation. During this exercise your arms cross in front of and circle behind the body. You have now completed one set. Repeat for an additional three sets.

During this exercise you can add mind power and create a conscious mind connection by visualizing that you arms are like a propeller in the water and you are creating large oscillating currents of energy that flow to you and throughout the universe. With this you can engage your subconscious mind by affirming, “I feel and attract the oscillating currents of energy that now flow through me and energize my body, mind and spirit.”

Warm-up Exercise #3 – Full Body Rotation

Begin in feet parallel stance as described above. Touch your tongue to the back of your upper teeth at the gum line as you breathe in through the nose and as you raise your hands above your head with your fingers pointing toward the ceiling. Touch your tongue to your lower teeth at the gum line Breathe out through the mouth as you bend forward and reach toward the floor.
With your tongue touching the back of your upper teeth breathe in through the nose and circle your upper body to the right and up toward the ceiling. At the top look slightly backward. With your tongue touching the back of your lower teeth breathe out through your mouth and circle your upper body to the left and down to the floor. Repeat this exercise in the opposite direction. This completes one set. Repeat for an additional three sets.

Remember that these are warm-up exercises and as such can be used to warm-up before any qigong practice or fitness workout.  They energize the body, mind and spirit and focus your intention on developing a balanced, abundant and smoothly flowing Qi.

Take your time in learning these, take your time during your practice.  There is no hurry there is only the Right and Certain Way! Enjoy and share with your friends, relatives or anyone that is interested in developing awesome health and well-being.

In Gratitude!
Doc H
Your Mind Power Qigong Mentor
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#22 Quickly and Easily Balance Your Energy Using Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been developed over a period of 3000 plus years. It is based on the BALANCE, ABUNDANCE, and FLOW of Qi through the meridians and organs of the body. To maintain a smooth flow of Qi and thus vibrant health and abundant energy it is necessary to balance your Qi and in the process remove blockages and stagnation that has occurred due to the excesses and neglect of life and living.

The ancient art of Meridian Tapping Qigong developed and used a tapping method to stimulate the Qi meridians where they travel along the surface of the skin. Using the hand, fingers, a rod or even a flat heated stone you can tap on and along a meridian to stimulate the flow of Qi in that meridian. The resulting stimulation will help remove blockages in Qi flow and it is those blockages that are at the root of all disease.

It has been researched and found that it is not always necessary to tap along the entire length of a Qi meridian. In fact if doing this on your own you may not be able to easily reach all the points along the entire meridian, like the Bladder meridian which mostly runs down the middle of your back.

What is interesting is that Qi balance, abundance and flow can be achieved by tapping on or near the beginning or endpoint of a Qi meridian on the skin’s surface.

Channels Used in Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are 12 bilateral channels or meridians (6 yin and 6 yang) that correspond to organs that emphasize the function being described and not necessarily the physical organ itself. In TCM these are functional complexes instead of anatomical structures. Together these 12 organs/meridians describe almost all of the body’s functions. It is the endpoint or beginning of the  channels that are used in Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong. The channels that you will be using are,

The Arm Greater Yin Lung Channel represented by “L,”
The Arm Yang Brightness Large Intestine Channel represented by “LI,”
The Leg Yang Brightness Stomach Channel represented by “S,”
The Leg Greater Yin Spleen Channel represented by “Sp,”
The Arm Lesser Yin Heart Channel represented by “H,”
The Arm Greater Yang Small Intestine Channel represented by “SI,”
The Leg Greater Yang Bladder Channel represented by “B,”
The Leg Lesser Yin Kidney Channel represented by “K,”
The Arm Absolute Yin Pericardium Channel represented by “P,”
The Arm lesser Yang Triple Burner Channel represented by “TB,”
and The Leg Absolute Yin Liver Channel represented by “Li.”

There are also 2 central or mid line channels, which are also called vessels, that are included in Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong. And again it is the endpoint or beginning of the channels that are tapped in the balancing process. These two channels are,

The Governing Channel represented by “Gv”
and The Conception Channel represented by “Co”

Channel Points Used in Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong
The information that follows includes the Acupuncture abbreviation, Chinese name and brief description of the location of each of the 14 points that will be used during the balancing process.

L-11, Shaoshang, can be located at the bottom corner of the thumb nail on the side towards the index finger
LI-1, Shangyang, can be located at the bottom corner of the index finger nail on the side towards the thumb
S-2, Sibai, can be located directly under the pupil of the eye on the cheek bone
Sp-17, Shidou, can be located on the side of the chest under the arm pit
H-9, Shaochong, can be located on the bottom corner of the little finger nail on the side towards the ring finger
SI-1, Shaoze, can be located on the bottom corner of the little finger nail on the outside edge
B-2, Zanzhu, can be located on the Inner corner of the eyebrow
K-27, Shufu, can be located beneath the collarbone near the sternum
P-9, Zhongchong, can be located on the bottom corner of the middle finger nail towards the index finger
TB-1, Guanchong, can be located on the bottom corner of the ring finger nail on the side towards the little finger
GB-1, Tongziliao, can be located on the outer corner of the eye on the bone
Li-14, Qimen, can be located on the front of ribs, off a bit to the side, at solar plexus level
Gv-26, Renzhong, can be located directly under the nose on the philtrum
Co-24, Chengjiang, can be located below the lower lip in the depression of the chin

The Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong Method
The tapping method is very simple. You can use your index finger, middle finger or both as well as the flat of your hand depending on where you are tapping.

For, example, if you want to tap on GB-1 you can use the index and middle finger of your left hand to tap on the outside corner of your left eye and vice versa for the right side. You will want to tap lightly and at a moderate pace, not too slow or too fast.

To help you focus on the energy and the balancing process and to engage the subconscious mind to facilitate energy balancing you will tap while repeating an affirmation that relates to the meridian being tapped.  For example, if you were tapping the gall bladder meridian you would repeat  either out loud or using your internal voice, “I am releasing tension and balancing the Qi in my gallbladder meridian.”

The Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong Sequence
It is actually not necessary to tap the meridian points in any particular order. But, by learning a sequence it sill make the entire process easy to repeat whenever you want to balance your energy and create a smooth Qi flow through your body. Let’s go through what I believe to be an easy sequence to learn and remember.

You start at the corner of the eyebrow, the bladder point,
then the corner of eye, the gall bladder point,
next is under the eye, the stomach point,
followed by under the nose, the governing point,
then under the lower lip, the conception point,
next is under the collar bone, the kidney point,
followed by the side of chest, the spleen point,
and then the front of chest, the liver point,
now you continue with the thumb, the lung point,
then the index finger, the large intestine point,
followed by the middle finger, the pericardium point,
next is the ring finger, the triple burner point,
then the little finger on the inside, the heart point,
and last is the little finger on the outside, the small intestine point.

For the 12 bilateral meridians you can tap either side or both sides while repeating the focus affirmation and for the 2 central meridians you would of course only do them each once.

Simple Meridian Tapping Qigong allows you to create balance, abundance, and flow of Qi throughout your body simply by physically tapping a meridian beginning or endpoint and using the mind power focus affirmation to engage the subconscious mind to facilitate energy balancing by releasing your internal healing powers.

You can use this technique everyday, even several times a day, to bring harmony to your body, mind and spirit. ENJOY! And please share with your friends and family.

In Gratitude!
Doc H
Your Mind Power Qigong Mentor
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#21 Xin Huxi Qigong Part 3 – Chang Bao Qi Center Breathing for Increasing Your Abundance of Qi

Xin Huxi Chang Bao Qi and Other Types of Breathing

There are three main goals in the practice of Qigong those of Balance, Abundance and Flow. It is through the regulation of the breath that you Balance your Qi, increase the Abundance of your Qi and create a smooth Flow of Qi through your entire system.

Xin Huxi, Center Breathing, is one of many types of breathing that is defined using Chang Bao Qi (long thin breath). Many Types of Breathing have been described throughout the ages. Here are a few examples that show the depth and breadth of breathing concepts:

Fu Xi – Skin Breathing (Ti Xi – Body Breathing, Dai Mai Xi – Girdle Belt Breathing)
Dan Tian Hu Xi – Elixir Field Breathing
Dao Jia Hu Xi – Daoist Breathing
Di Wu Xin Hu Xi – Fifth Gate Breathing (Shang Dan Tian Hu Xi – Upper Dan Tian Breathing)
Fan Fu Hu Xi – Reverse Abdominal Breathing (Fan Hu Xi – Reverse Breathing)
Fan Tong Hu Xi – Back to Childhood Breathing (Abdominal Breathing)
Fo Jia Hu Xi – Buddhist Breathing (normal abdominal breathing)
Fu Sui Xi – Skin and Marrow breathing
Gui Xi – Turtle Breathing
Shen Xi – Spirit Breathing
Tai Xi – Embryonic Breathing
Tiao Xi – to Regulate the Breathing
Wuji Hu Xi – Wuji Breathing (Cavity Breathing – Xue Wei Xi)
Yan Xi – Meditation Breathing
Zhen Xi – The Real or True Breathing
Zhong Xi – Sole Breathing

The Xin Huxi breathing technique is one in which thoracic respiration (breathing using the chest) is not used. The breath comes from the movement of the abdominal area (Dan Tian). In Xin Huxi Qigong you will focus on developing Chang Bao Qi and integrating it with Fo Jia Hu Xi (Buddhist Breathing – Normal Abdominal Breathing) and Fan Fu Hu Xi (Daoist Breathing – Reverse Abdominal Breathing).

Efficiency of breathing is not new. All martial arts emphasize some kind of breathing efficiency and centuries-old documentation show Zen priests and others writing of the need for better breathing for mental and physical health.

It is necessary that you begin Xin Huxi Chang Bao Qi to integrate the mind and the body. To accomplish this you first need to concentrate on the lower abdominal area; the Xia Dan Tian (Lower Dan Tian).

Xin Huxi Chang Bao Qi Increase Qi

Once you feel comfortable doing Xin Huxi using Normal Abdominal Breathing you will want to begin to practice so that you can increase the abundance of Qi in your system. To do this you must learn to use reverse abdominal breathing resulting in Fan Fu Hu Xi Chang Bao Qi. This can be learned by following the process below.

Begin by standing comfortably with your feet shoulder width apart or sitting in a straight backed chair. Relax and breathe smoothly and evenly.

The Reverse Inhalation Process – Close your mouth gently so it is just sealed and touch your tongue to the upper gum just behind the teeth. Contract your abdominal muscles (pull in) as you inhale through your nose. The inhale should be slow, long and thin.

The Reverse Exhalation Process – Open your mouth slightly and touch your tongue to the lower gum just behind the teeth. Expand your abdominal muscles (push out) as you exhale through your mouth. The exhale should be slow, long and thin.

Repeat this two step process for 9, 18, or 27 breaths. Begin slowly and focus on the breathing process.

Yongquan Huxi Chang Bao Qi – “Breathing Through The Feet”

Another awesome exercise to do using Chang Bao Qi is “gate” breathing. A gate is a place, typically an acupuncture cavity that allow the exchange of Qi between yourself and your environment. Two sets of gates that are used in this practice are the Laogong (Pericardium-8) cavities in the palms of your hands and the Yongquan cavities (Kidney-1) on the bottoms of your feet. Here I will describe “two gates breathing” using the Yongquan cavities.

To begin to integrate the senses using the mind, so that the Qi will flow and balance through out your body you can add mental imagery or visualization to your practice. One excellent visualization that deals both with image and feeling is that of “breathing through the feet.” The points that you need to focus on are the Yongquan Cavities (Gushing Springs – Kidney-1) located on the bottoms of the feet, just behind and off center towards the ball of each foot.

You should visualize the soles of feet because all nerves in the body end or are connected to the soles of the feet. Acupuncturists rely heavily on the soles of the feet and the nerve endings located there. Also, the soles of the feet are the furthest points from the heart on the body. You should realize that the energy that flows to the soles of the feet is the maximum blood and energy circulation that is possible. Also, the weight of the entire body rests on the feet for a large portion of every day. They tend to be one of the most neglected and strained parts of the body. To heighten awareness of this area is beneficial to the entire nervous system.

During the inhalation phase imagine and feel that your breath is pulling in air and that the air is flowing up through the bottom of your feet, through the yongquan cavity, all the way up to the top of your head. As you exhale just imagine and feel the reverse, that the air is flowing down from your head and then out through your feet, through the yongquan cavity, into the ground. Repeat this for 9, 18 or 27 times for training and increased Qi Flow

This image and feeling will help assist you in learning how to lead Qi through your body and how to sense the feeling of Qi as it flows.

Tips for a Healthy Practice

Whenever you practice and you tired or uncomfortable take a break. You should only pause your inhale or exhale momentarily and there should be no quick in and out to avoid hyperventilation. Never hold your breath excessively, never practice when extremely fatigued, dehydrated or when in presence of fever, loss of balance or other conditions that could cause falling or fainting. Rest, correct nutrition and lots of fluids will help your breathing practice to be effective. Practice each exercise without focusing on the breathing until you have the process memorized and then begin to focus your mind on the breath itself.

Sometimes people that are in excellent, athletic, shape may try an exercise program, like Xin Huxi Qigong and proceed much too fast because they believe that they can do things at a rapid pace due to their excellent physical condition. Keep in mind that anytime you do something new you should approach it with caution and patience so that you minimize any risk to yourself or your health.

Any change in your breathing practice has the potential to cause dizziness, “lightheadedness” and/or a change in heart rate. This is the nature of breathing. I want you to benefit and become healthier from Xin Huxi Qigong, SO TAKE IT SLOWLY! Remember “It’s the Tortoise that Wins the Race.”

NEVER FORCE THE INHALE OR EXHALE – always be calm and relaxed.

Using “Mind Power” and “Qigong” you can easily begin to learn to create your AWESOME reality. It is possible simply by your choice to create an awesome day, create your awesome health and create your awesome world. Please share this with all your friends and families and together using Mind Power Plus Qigong WE CAN CREATE AN AWESOME WORLD.

In Gratitude!
Doc H
Your Mind Power Qigong Mentor
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#20 Xin Huxi Qigong Part 2 – Understanding the Yin and Yang of Qi and Qigong

It will help in your practice of Xin Huxi Qigong or any style of qigong if you have a basic understanding of the underlying Yin and Yang philosophy that is being applied.

Xin Huxi Qigong

Xin Huxi Qigong (Center Breathing Qigong) focuses on the chang bao qi (long, thin breath). In Xin Huxi Qigong movements have been developed in such a way that as breathing is performed the breath balances your body and mind. It does this by leading Qi through the parts of your body that are in motion. The movement is also used as a tool to focus your mind on your body and breathing in such a way that your overall system becomes integrated.

Yin and Yang

The Chinese have believed that the universe is composed of two opposite forces; Yin and Yang. And they believe in a principle whose essence is “follow the heavens.” Since nature is integrated into heaven then you as well must follow (obey) nature. Thus you must carefully watch and follow all natural phenomenon such as the stars, planets, moon, and four seasons since your energy in integral with them as well.

The theory of Yin and Yang applies heaven, earth, and human and these are considered to be the three great natural powers. When the balance is lost between Yin and Yang, storms of severe energy are produced in the heavens and on earth. In humans the loss of the balance of Yin and Yang results in illness and perhaps death.

The belief is that the major component of “Heaven” is QI and that all things are made up of QI. QI is the universal life force for living beings. It is believed that in the beginning there was a time of “no sky.” The universe came into being in this no sky and QI was created by the universe. It was said that QI had weight and that part of it was light and transparent and that another part of it was heavy and opaque. It was from these two forms of QI that the heavens and earth were formed. Being lighter, that part of QI formed heaven and it was above. The part of QI that was heavier and opaque sank below and formed earth.

Yang Qi, Yin Qi, Fire Qi and Water Qi

It is stated that QI in the heavens is “Yang Qi” and the QI on the earth is “Yin Qi.” The pure forms of Yang Qi and Yin Qi create and support the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. From the four seasons the QI that issues forth creates and supports all the different things in creation.

When Yang Qi condenses or combines it becomes fire. This fire in its pure form creates and supports the sun. Yin Qi, on the other hand, becomes water and in its pure form becomes the moon. It is the excess QI from the sun and the moon which then flows out into the universe to create the stars and nourishes our planet earth.

You obtain heaven and earth QI through the process of breathing. Thus since you need to breath to maintain life, QI has been determined to be the energy of life.

Six Yin Organs and Six Yang Organs in Oriental Medicine

In ancient oriental medicine the organs of the body were divided up into two categories, that of “Yin” and “Yang.” The body was essentially divided into two sections that dealt with the activities of respiration, circulation, digestion, etc. In the Yin category there were six organs; lung, heart, spleen, liver, kidney, and pericardium. In the Yang category there were six organs, large intestine, small intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, stomach and triple burner. It is through these 12 main channels (Shi Ehr Jing) that QI is transported throughout the body.

The QI is transported to the surface (to the skin) through the 12 channels and the many hundreds of minor channels (Luo). These can be effected by external influences. It must be remembered that “organs” in oriental medicine refer to the functionality of the system and not necessarily to an actual physical, fleshy, organ.

Simple Yin and Yang Breathing

Respiration itself was then divided into two aspects; inhalation and exhalation, yin and yang respectively. When breathing you should think and create a mental image of yin and yang.

INHALE: as you inhale create a mental image and see the QI traveling through your nose to your spleen and then down to your liver and kidney.

EXHALE: as you exhale create a mental image and see the QI traveling from your heart to your lungs and then out through your mouth.

It is important to point out that from these concepts many complicated breathing patterns were developed by Buddhist monks and ascetic hermits. The goal of the breathing techniques was to create abundant QI, balance the QI and increase the flow QI in the human body. Such examples included breathing while counting up to very high numbers, alternating the patterns of inhalation and exhalation, and performing the breathing at very specific times of the day and night.

It has been said that an elderly person may rejuvenate themselves to that of a young person and live a very long time if they were successful at these techniques. But, it must also be noted that the type of breathing that must be done is “Fetal Breathing” (Fu Shi Hu Xi: the kind of breathing that a fetus does in the womb).

REMEMBER – breathing is a natural function and as such should be SIMPLE and easy to learn.

Keep in mind that the definitions and expanded explanations of the kinds of breathing and how they relate to the seasons, oriental medicine, etc. are for your general knowledge and information. You do not have to memorize or be well versed in any of the above concepts to learn Xin Huxi Qigong and practice chang bao qi. The important point, as mentioned above, is to maintain an outlook that embodies simplicity and relaxation. In this way you will learn faster, have more enjoyment and achieve better results.

NEVER FORCE THE INHALE OR EXHALE – always be calm and relaxed.

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