Qigong Breathing is simply breathing with Awareness of Qi (Energy).
As you are reading this, place part of your Awareness on your lower belly.
Energy collects in the lower belly and is distributed around the body.
As you continue to read . . . keep part of your Awareness on this lower Energy Centre (the lower belly).
Over thousands of years billions of people have noticed that Energy follows thought.
When you focus on the lower Energy Centre, Energy flows there.
Energy then flows to wherever it is needed in the body.
Pause for a moment now and place ALL your Awareness on your lower belly.
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After a while you may notice that the belly is moving in and out as you breathe.
This is how you know you are in ‘re-charge’ mode.
At first you may need to stop what you are doing to be able to focus all your Awareness on your lower belly and go into recharge mode.
With practice you will be able to move into recharge mode as you go about your daily activities – any time – anywhere.
In Open Sky Qigong we call being in recharge mode – being in Qi Awareness.
Hopefully you are still in Qi Awareness now as you are reading this!!
If not, it is Good that you have noticed!
Now you can pause for a moment and place ALL your Awareness on your lower Energy Centre until your belly is moving in and out in Harmony with your breath.
Then continue reading again maintaining part of your Awareness on the Lower Energy Centre – noticing the belly moving in and out in harmony with the breath.
It may take a while before you can quickly and easily move into Qi Awareness.
The GOOD news though is that the more you practise the more vital and alive you will feel!
Sometimes it helps to sit quietly and look at a photo like the one above.
You may more readily notice when your mind wanders and then you can bring full Awareness back to the lower Energy Centre until it is moving in and out with the breath – and you are recharging!
Thank you to Rob for the beautiful photo.