Qi Gong Meditation
Fundamental to Taoist thinking and Qigong practice is the concept that Qi follows the mind intent. It is said that when the mind is confused, the mind intent disperses and becomes unable to focus. When the mind intent is dispersed, the Qi of the body tends to become weak and insubstantial. The corollary of this, as stated in Qigong literature, is that when the Qi sinks to the lower Dan Tien the mind intent becomes strong and focused and the mind becomes tranquil. Qigong theory thus sees these three aspects of the body, the mind, the mind intent and the Qi in a state of mutual equilibrium and support.
To insure overall health and well-being it is important to settle the mind and focus the mind intent. The various techniques that are used to do this are not unique to Taoism and Qigong, but the structure that links them together provides a unique insight into how the Chinese perceive the body-mind connection.
There are many different meditation practices that do not involve going into a trance or even sitting still. The practice of qigong involves developing a meditative while standing or sitting in a static posture or even in motion. Spending about half an hour a day in meditation is calming and strengthening. It is advisable to set aside the time each day, and to make sure that you will not be disturbed, Wear comfortable loose clothing and be sure that you are comfortably warm. If you can, practice meditation outside in the fresh air, early in the day; avoid meditating within an hour of eating. Remember, breathing is all-important and harmonizes the flow of Qi.