The world gets busier and more chaotic everyday. With traffic, wars, climate change, and lunatics harming innocent people, we’re constantly being fed bad news by the media. Of course we’re stressed out. The challenge of the modern world becomes one of sanity. How can we keep it together, provide for our families, be good global citizens, and not collapse under the “sky is falling” mentality that surrounds us?
Many have turned to yoga and meditation. Others have found Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Sufism, or chanting. All of these things are wonderful but they come with a major challenge. The majority of these practices have been developed for ascetics– [...]
Qi Gong is a form of Chinese meditative exercise that’s been practiced for thousands of years. The practice focuses on cultivating energy in both the body and the surrounding environment through breathing, focused intention, postural techniques and other movements. It’s often recommended as an alternative form of therapy for improving and maintaining overall health and vitality, as it’s very accessible and has shown to have various benefits for mind, body and spirit.
Skepticism in the West is based on the belief that these energy systems are largely a placebo effect, and that there haven’t been enough documented studies to validate the historical anecdotal [...]