Energy Meditation Exercise to Increase Chi and Balance Body and Mind
Using Ki, Chi, Chakra, or Earth Energy
The energy known as ki, chi, chakra, or Earth energy is the energy of the universe. It is everywhere and surrounds us every day, when we are awake and when we are asleep. This energy binds us all together.
Earth energy can be very powerful. There are chi masters out there that learn to use it for healing, and others who use it in martial arts (tai chi). In daily life, the mastery of chi energy can help heal and defend against disease, among other benefits.
In this article I will describe a basic meditation technique that you can try out. The aim of this exercise is to unify the body and mind and to build the chi energy and awareness in your body.
This exercise comes from the tradition of chi kung or qi qong practice. There are many different chi meditation techniques and practices, but they are in some ways very similar in practice and theory. Chi kung was developed in China and is a very popular technique.
The first thing to do before meditating is to shut off your mobile phone or any other electronic devices you have around you. Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position. Sitting in meditation pose (on the floor with legs crossed so each foot rests on the opposite thigh or knee) is ideal, but sitting in a comfortable chair works too. The main thing is to ensure that are comfortable and silent.
There are ten steps in this exercise. It will take 20-30 minutes to complete, so make sure you won't be interrupted for that amount of time. This may feel like a long time if you're a beginner, so you can build up to this amount of time if that's more comfortable.
Meditation Exercise in 10 Steps
- Use a natural breathing rhythm, concentrating on breathing deep into the lower abdomen. Keep your eyes open and focus on a point directly in front of you at eye level. Choose something to look at that's about six feet away. Don't look up or down between you and the object. This step should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Keep breathing naturally, but now shift your eyes to a point 45 degrees down about three feet in front of you. This step should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Continue natural breathing. Shift your gaze to a point directly between your feet and tilt your head down slightly. This step should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Continue natural breathing. Bring your eyes together and focus on the tip of your nose. The aim is to get the eyes to look at the same unified point. Looking at your nose can make your eyes hurt, so if your eyes begin to ache, go ahead and focus on something else that's close by. This step should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Allow your eyes to close, but hold the position of looking at the tip of your nose (or something close by). Continue breathing naturally and feel the air entering the nose and descending into your lower abdomen. The air should feel cool as you inhale and warm as you exhale. This step should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Continue your natural breathing rhythm and listen to the sound of the air as it flows in and out. This step should last 3 to 5 minutes.
- Continue breathing and shift your concentration to your lower abdomen as you breath in and out. Now, with your eyes still closed, imagine that you are looking into your abdomen.
- Change your breathing to follow this pattern: Inhale for three counts (follow your heartbeat rhythm), hold for three counts, and exhale for six counts.
- We are coming close to the end now. Keep still and don't move, to avoid scattering the chi energy that you have worked hard to build up. Now imagine the impurities from your body leaving you as you exhale through your mouth. Now, before opening your eyes, rub your palms together counter-clockwise and place them over your eyes.
- Inhale naturally, absorbing the warmth into your eyes. Bring your hands down to your lower abdomen. Repeat this three times, then slowly open your eyes. Wait for your body to cool down before moving.
That’s it! Meditating daily can bring you health and unify your body and mind. Good luck to all!
A Story of Healing
One of my favourite stories demonstrating the power of meditation is about a man who lived in the mountains in Asia. He developed a severe case of tuberculosis and was told he had only a few days to live.
After hearing this news, he walked to a nearby mountain peak. He sat down next to a large rock and began meditating. While he was meditating, he accepted his fate and was totally free. His body and mind where working together perfectly and he had an incredible sense of calm.
He sat and meditated on the top of that mountain, just sitting and meditating and waiting for death to take him away, but it never came. People say that the meditation and the perfect connection between his mind and his body healed his condition.
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