When practicising seated Chi Kung (meditation & exercise) make sure your belt is loose so as to avoid any constriction.
A little while ago I was in Shepparton for a holiday. On one of the sunny days, Sue and I decided to veg out beside the lake so we set up our picnic table, chairs, lunch and just kicked back and watch the world go by.
After a while I got itchy Tai Chi feet and decided to walk over to the edge of the lake to practice some Tai Chi and Chi Kung. I felt energised and to finish off my practice I got into the embrace the tree posture (standing meditation).
Adults, children, and the odd dog walked, ambled, trottered by, glancing over towards me. I ignored them and stayed focused on my stance work.
As part of my overall training I do about ten minutes of sitting meditation each day.
I do it for two reasons;
- it enables me to calm my mind
- it gives my wonky knees a rest from the more physical training I do
When I do this meditation I spend two minutes on the ‘inner smile’, three minutes on ‘dissolving’ and five minutes on focusing on my tan tien.
Here’s how to do it;
- sit on the edge of the chair
- relax the shoulders
- Imagine a string attached to your head, gently pulling you straight up
- feet shoulder width apart and flat on the flloor
- Hands resting on the knees
- Breathe slowly, deeply and comfortably
Although I combine my sitting meditation with other techniques, it is okay to sit there and just meditate.
Have a go and let me know how you feel afterwards.
Occasionally practice your Tai Chi meditation techniques in crowded and noisy areas.