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The Power of the Present Moment

Present Moment

Do you ever find yourself worrying about something that might happen in the future? Do you ever find yourself going over a past experience and you just couldn't get it out of your mind? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you are not living in the present moment. The present moment is the only moment we ever have. You cannot live in the future or the past. But you can waste your present moments being stuck in thoughts about the future or the past.

The power of the present moment is that it releases your mind from worry and stress. Therefore, it shuts down the stress response in your body. If you just focus on the present moment, you will induce a relaxation response. Then you will unlock the openness and creativity of your mind.

If you want to live in the present moment, then you must be accepting of what is right now. You don't have to like what is happening now, but you must accept it. Often times people find much pain in their present moments and they try to escape through numbing with alcohol, drugs, food, and other things that eventually lead to an addiction.

Breathing is a great way to root yourself in the present moment. First, put your mind in your body and on your breathing. Then, breathe deeply and slowly into your abdomen. Focus your mind on your breathing and nothing else. If you find your mind wandering, just accept the reality and return your focus back to your breathing. If you find it difficult, you can count your breath cycles. For example, inhale, exhale, 1. Inhale, exhale, 2. Inhale, exhale, 3. Continue to count your breath cycles for five minutes or longer.

Be open to the things in your present moment without judging them, even if they make you uncomfortable. When we judge things in our present moment as good or bad, we place restrictions on our experiences. Then, we may begin to allow our fears and emotions to take over our present moments. Living in the present moment may not be easy, but it is worth the effort and the power it brings to your life.

Inner Medicine

In Qigong, we often talk about developing our inner medicine. This inner medicine cannot be easily seen, but you definitely know when you have developed it to be strong and active. “Dan” in Chinese means elixir or medicine. One of the major forms of Qigong that I practice is called Inner Dan Arts Qigong. It could be called “Inner Medicine Arts Qigong”. This inner medicine is the Qi that you develop in your energy centers as a result of practicing Qigong (exercises and meditations).

When your inner medicine is strong, it will protect you from stress and illness and you will feel healthy and vibrant. With consistent practice of Qigong, energy blockages are released and the Qi flows easier through the energy channels in your body. This Qi flow nourishes your entire body. The major forms of Inner Dan Arts Qigong are standing form, movement forms, breathing form, and meditation forms. Each form depends the power of your mind and visualization.

Mental concentration is important to let go of busy thoughts and distractions. This allows us to just “be” in the present moment. This mind power is necessary to relax both the mind and body. As we attain deeper relaxation with practice, the energy channels open wider and allow more Qi to flow where it's needed in the body. We learn to connect with the energy in the universe that constantly surrounds us to build our own internal energy. Then we can guide the energy with our minds to the places in our body that are in need of healing. This is why we refer to Qigong as a self-healing technology. So I invite you to take a journey to develop your own inner medicine and take control of your health and your life. With consistent practice, you can develop your inner medicine and realize your full life potential and inner vitality.

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What is Qigong?

Qigong is a general Chinese term for exercises, meditations and breathing techniques that are practiced daily for reducing stress, improving  and maintaining good health and promoting longevity. Qi, pronounced "chee", is the life force or energy within all living things. While Qi is actually in everything, living and non-living, this discussion will focus on the energy within humans. Gong refers to ones ability or skill. Thus, Qigong refers to one's Qi ability. A person that practices Qigong, develops the ability to work with and improve their own Qi, thus improving their health.

Qigong has been around for over three thousand years and  has its roots in Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM). In fact, Qigong is often referred to as the Grandfather of TCM. There are more than 35,000 forms of Qigong around the world. According to the theory of TCM and Qigong, disease occurs in the human body when the Qi flow is disturbed (excess, deficient or blocked). The practice of Qigong will help to smooth out the flow of Qi in the body, thus restoring balance and improving one's health.

Qigong has gotten much attention over the last 20 years or so in the U.S. and has been featured on PBS documentaries and even more recently on more mainstream shows like the Dr Oz show. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D., "If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong." One major benefit from practicing is stress reduction through relaxation. I invite you to explore Qigong with me and see for yourself what other benefits come from practicing Qigong.


Inner Vitality Qigong is dedicated to providing useful information about Qigong and other natural health solutions for living a healthy and abundant life. We provide in-person and home study courses in Qigong exercises and meditations. We also provide Qigong Wellness coaching.

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