The Third Pillar for supporting a Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation Practice
The third concept to keep in mind for developing a deeply powerful Tai Chi, Qigong, or meditation practice is “tranquil”.
The defintion of “tranquil” according to Merriam Webster is
- a : free from agitation of mind or spirit <a tranquil self-assurance> b : free from disturbance or turmoil <a tranquil scene>
- : unvarying in aspect
I chose the term tranquil over calm or relaxed, because I think it better conveys the state of mind you want to achieve.
When a person is tranquil they naturally become calm and relaxed. It is important to remind yourself to enter into a tranquil state and put aside your worries.
It is helpful to scan your body for areas of tension. We all carry tension in different areas of the body such as the abdomen, shoulders, neck, jaw, face, forehead, and eyes. However, even if you are feeling relaxed you are most likely holding tension in some areas that could be more fully relaxed. For instance, you may be aware of one particular area where you tend to hold stress, such as the jaw. Even though this may be the primary spot where you hold tension, there are bound to be countless others, as it is a natural tendency to grip and hold tension as opposed to allowing the joints to open, relax, and sink.
Remember that the more tranquil and fully relaxed you become, the easier it becomes for your energy to flow and enter into a deep meditative state of being.
Stay tuned for the next pillar for supporting your meditation practice, which will be sent out on Monday!