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What is Qigong?  

2012-05-17 10:37:36|  分类: 健康、青春永驻、 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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This posting is dedicated to those of you who learn Qigong.

 A monk told me this. "You have talked too much about the way you split your definition or understanding of Dao as God. Would you follow me to do some soul-cleansing?"

 I asked, "Why?"

 Monk replied, "You had made Dao so simple that it had totally lost its profundity."

 I defended, "Isn't it good to make Dao simple? Its profundity had mesmerized people for 25 centuries without anyone really understanding what Dao is. It is like the 5 blinds touching en elephant."

 Monk said, "Would you dare to take this challenge?"

 I asked, "What is it?"

 Monk said, "I am going to teach you Qigong. It has a lot to do with Dao. Btw, it is the best way to cleanse your mind."

 I replied, "Okay."

 Monk said, "You have to come to my temple for 100 days. You have to keep yourself out of touch with this real world. It is akin to living like a hermit in my temple."

 I replied, "Okay."

 The monk taught me how to practice Qigong. I follow diligently. I practiced as often as I could. I listened to his advice. I cut myself off from the Internet.

 Can anyone of you who had practiced Qigong come out to say something about what Qigong is all about? Blinds touching an elephant we might be.  

 Qigong is so profound that we really don't really understand what it is all about. We just know it is good for our health. The main question is exactly how? No one knows. It is simply profound. It is as profound as Dao.

 For 100 days, I practiced Qigong. I tried to decipher what Qigong is. What on earth it is and why it is good for our health? My monk master (I called him my master now) told me, this is one of the secrets of longevity or good health.

 I asked, "Why do you think so? What can qigong do to our health?"

Monk replied, "Most important of all, it cleanses your troubling mind. It brings inner peace to your inner self. You are not struggling to fight or beat the world - you can't anyway."

I replied, "Yes, indeed it brought to me a lot of calm. I have never been so calm all my life. On the point to increase my life or longevity, I can't get you."

Monk said, "Look, I am already 98 years old. It is a blessing to have live this long. And I am not dying yet."

I replied, "Well, if you were to attribute longevity to Qigong, at least you try to explain to me how it can contribute to long life. For the last 100 days, you have been explaining to me what Qigong is in its usual profundity. I really don't get you."

Monk replied, "Well, these are what my teacher told me, 'His teacher told him so and he just passed everything he learnt down to me.' Well, Qigong could have been as old as Lao Zi."

I dropped back on my floor mat and close my eyes. I asked myself, "What the heck I am learning Qigong for the past 100 days?"

Undeterred, I think and think what exactly Qigong is.

Eureka! I found the answer.

Do you want to hear from me? Well you may want to jeer at me and say, "Hey! Woon, this is another of your own way of explaining Qigong. Just like what you did to Dao as God or true leadership."

I don't care whether you agree to my explanation or not. I just blast off now.

The Chinese believe the body is sacred and shall not be cut open. The ladies do not even cut or trim their hair for their entire life. This used to be a Chinese tradition but nobody practices that now.

Of course, none of the early practitioners of Qigong knew of the existence of a piece of diaphragm in our body that separates the lung and heart on the upper abdomen and the other organs on the lower part of our body. The Chinese had no knowledge of this piece of diaphragm and even if some sinsehs had, they do not understand the function of this piece of diaphragm.

Pause for a moment. Do you believe massage is good for us? Most will say, yes. Why? It applies pressure on our stiff muscles and it is akin to physiotherapy.

Can a massage be applied over our stomach? The answer is, no. It may hurt your internal organs and cause internal bleeding without you knowing it. Don't play with that and risk your life.

My new found answer is" We can massage our internal organs and not hurting them. In fact it makes them healthier and perhaps, live longer. Believe me, it does.

"Bullshit, Woon. I have enough of your bullshit," you may want to attack my old way of shooting of what I think Dao is.

Ha! Ha! I told my master, the monk my style of explaining why Qigong could really help to increase our health.

My master, the monk laughed, "You again."

I explained, "This is what you taught me about Qigong. Let me cut short the steps and simplify it for now. When exhaling, think about the dan tian = somewhere 3 inches below our navel.

What does this do to our body?"

My master, the monk said, "Don't know. It is my duty to pass down what I was taught. Qigong is profound by the way."

I explained, "When we exhale, our diaphragm moves up and pushes against our lungs and forcing them to collapse thereby, pushing out the stale air.

At the same time, our stomach muscles pull our tummy in and press against our internal organs on the lower half of the diaphragm. These organs in turn help to push our diaphragm upwards in sync. Okay, this explanation is reasonable scientific at this point.

But you taught me, 'when exhale, think of dan tian'. It has this opposite effect. It tells my diaphragm to move downwards instead of going upwards to push against the lungs. It is against the normal breathing process of pushing out as much stale air out from our lung as possible."

Monk said, "I don't understand this. Neither did my master tell me this kind of stuff."

As I am thinking of my dan tian and prevent my diaphragm from going up too fast and too high and at the same time, my tummy tucks in, the combine effort of these two opposing movements squeezes our internal organs that are at the lower abdomen. This squeezing effect is akin to a very light massage. I say, very light massage because no matter how hard, we try, our diaphragm still goes up but only at a reduced pace or magnitude compare to normal breathing does.

Of course, when we breathe in, the tummy relaxes and our internal organs expand as normal. This partial squeezing by the diaphragm and the tucking in of tummy muscles and the full relaxation of our tummy is indeed a very good way of massaging our internal organs. You have to learn how to practice Qigong in order to appreciate it.

I have another point to explain here. When we breathe out and at the same time, prevent our diaphragm from pushing up too fast and too high, it creates a very slight partial vacuum in the cavity that surrounds our heart. Note. The lungs are collapsing and the diaphragm is progressing upwards at a slower pace, of course, it creates a very slight partial vacuum. This is pure physics and no trick.

What do the partial vacuum does to our heart? It allows our heart to expand a little bigger. Which means it draws in more blood from our veins. Which means it too causes an effect as good as a massage to our heart. Letting our heart expands slightly bigger and when it contracts as our heart always does irrespective of our breathing sequence, it can pump slightly more blood out to our arteries.

 No convinced. This is what my master told me. The Beijing hospital did a research on Qigong. A group of people were taught and practiced Qigong for 6 months. The control group does not. Six months later when they put these people to a imaging process, they could see that the average size by volume of the heart of those who practice Qigong is about 10% bigger than the heart of those who do not. 

 This is a god-damning proof that Qigong does works to ensure a healthier heart. I believe so, for the rest of our other internal organs.

Summing up. Dao has been profound for 25 centuries. Qigong too, should have been profound for a period as long as Dao.  

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