The Health Benefits of Practicing Qigong
By Federico G. Anguiano SEP CQI – Federico is a qigong and meditation instructor who studied qigong in China, New Zealand and California.
The practice of Qigong has been amply and widely demonstrated to accrue many health benefits over time for the practitioner. I use the term qigong here as referring to the following: Qigong is characterized and defined by its essential method: the practice of interiorizing consciousness.
Thus, the practice of qigong involves a special use of consciousness that involves focus, concentration and intention. Qigong is yishou yinian jizhong zhuanyi: focus the mind on one thing through the activation of conscious intention.
This method embraces the following two ideas:
1) Our daily activities are usually oriented toward external objects (things, activities, perceptions) that are not essential for our life process. A qigong practitioner interiorizes daily activities in order to merge and be united with their life process. An example of this is: focusing the mind on the body at all times.
2) We commonly focus our daily activities outward, moving from one thing to another; from the one to the many. A qigong practitioner centralizes their activities of consciousness a single object of focus, returning from multiplicity to oneness. An example of this is: becoming more and more specific in our thinking, making it active only volitionally, not allowing our associations to ‘ramble’ uncontrollably.