EMBODIMENT ARTS

EMBODIMENT ARTS

Chi Kung and the Ordinary Life

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What is this (shortly) about.
People usually report that they leave the Chi Kung sessions better than they arrived. With more energy, more presence and relaxation. With a calmer mind. Some, get fresh inspiration.

Although this is important, for me the result of the sessions is not what really matters. What matters is the process we go through.

During the sessions, we make use of minimal movements and postures. And we can stand or seat still for a considerable amount of time. It sounds easy, but honestly, this can bring a lot of discomfort. The discomfort of sinking into familiar tensions, the discomfort of meeting the same patterns over and over again, the discomfort of physical and emotional pain and unfriendly thoughts.Yet, in the end, the experience can turn out to be overall pleasant and promising. Why is that?

Because being the postures themselves an invitation for a greater sense of grounding and containment, practicing them fosters the our ability to stay with the difficult bits. This way, transmutation can take place, just like when tightness shifts into space or cold into warmth. At the same time, when this transformation happens our natural ability to heal is reinforced and we can better trust our innate bio-intelligence.

From our direct experience, the cyclic wheel takes a turn, qualities change, energy moves and we feel more connected with the circular flow of life force.

Discomfort and confrontation may arise during the sessions and still, throughout a consistent practice, you will be able to cultivate greater relaxation, increase the awareness of yourself as a whole and foster a more resilient nervous system. Plus, when the emphasis is in the process rather than the result, we more easily can commit to frequent self-care practices.

At last, because the postures are as simple and unimpressive as the ones we usually use for cooking, riding the bicycle, sitting in front of the desk, carrying the shopping bags and playing the piano, you will also be able to integrate more physical alignment, presence and maybe even grace into the simple expressions of your daily life. Because, I believe, it is in the ordinary that the marvellous can arise.