Elliptical Mind Models
A powerful concept in qigong is “never move in straight lines”. An example of this is a straight hand push out from a tucked in position at your side. If you push your hand straight out in front of you, slowly, your micro-movement control can be enhanced by imagining the straight movement as a curve in your mind (top diagram).
The concept of feeling movement inside your body is a strange one for many people. But as more and more people realize that happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment are almost entirely within the grasp of your body-mind, the concept becomes less strange.
What the no straight lines approach engenders is micro-control as your mind checks what your body is doing every millimetre of the move you make.
This principle is powerful for physical movement, and can also be used very effectively for internal movement.
A simple, practical example of this is the microcosmic orbit. If you practice this already your probably already use some form of mind model to imagine a ball or energy flow going around your torso from your crown down your front, around the bottom of your groin area (PC) and back up your spine to your crown.
You can enhance the microcosmic orbit by extending the orbit model from a narrow vertical ellipse to a wider horizontal ellipse (lower diagram). The bigger and slower your ellipse, the more powerful it gets.
You can use this technique daily to not only calm yourself, but also do some useful, meaningful internal (qigong) exercise.
Do try this. If you have any questions just ask, and if you want some more powerful internal training tools, drop me a line.
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