Our ability to adapt plays a big role in whether we are able to live a generally happy and stress-free life. I know that Im certainly not the first one to figure it out, yet I feel each and every one of us needs to figure it out in their own way and time. For me it was my Qigong exercises that slowly brought about the realization.
Science has proven that people naturally have differentlevels of serotonin, so some may find it easier than others to consistently remain happy even during difficult times. We have all met people that seem to pick everyone else up around them, and their counter-parts that have an uncanny ability to bring everyone down. Most of us lie somewhere in the middle. So the question arises on whether or not we can improve our overall level of happiness. I certainly believe this is achievable, and I would like to discuss how a solid practice of Qigong exercises can aid in this endeavor.
Qigong practice to me pertains to raising awareness and being more at tranquility with ourselves and also the people around us. When you obtain a higher level of practice, Qigong becomes incorporated with every element of life. This is something that occurs naturallyover time and also is the outcome of setting up a great and also steady practice.
When I mention Qigong being combined into life, I am referring to every activity becoming a lot more enlightening. I have heard one teacher detail it as"effortless flow" and this is a good way of illustrating it I believe. The concept is to be like water which can adjust effortlessly to any type of situation. Bruce Lee had arenowned quote regarding being like water, and it appliesequally whether we are speaking about energy for martial arts or energy for life.
"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water.Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
When you become more like water you suddenly stop feeling like everything takes a great deal of effort to achieve. This is because you are adapting effortlessly to your environment. You dont worry as much about thefuture and you fret less over the past. This is because youare living more in the moment. Most people do not live inthe moment, and that is more true now than at any other point in history.
To be more like water and achieve an effortless flow it is necessary to slow down. With all the distractions surrounding us our monkey minds are having a field day,but the joke is on us. With our minds racing along in many directions at once we can never truly enjoy what we are doing at that exact moment.
My assistance is to quit. Cease and also take 3-5 relaxed breaths while concentrating on the lower belly. Slowly take a look around you. Simple Qigong exercises such as this might make you realize that you were a lot more distracted than you thought. It has a means of snappingyou back in to the present moment. The ticket is to do this every time you know that your mind is distracted or you are becoming stressed out.
Set a filter in your head to catch when you are becoming distracted or burnt out and over time you will certainly increase your level of joy and lower your tension. This isan extremely easy yet effective way to begin incorporating Qigong exercises out into your life.