We are in a new and ever-changing paradigm shift in our world right now with regards to this new COVID-19, Coronavirus.
With fear, anxiety, and stress running rampid, I would like to offer some practices from Eastern medicine which will help with stress reduction as well as immune support during these trying times. Qi Gong is part of the five pillars of traditional Chinese medicine and some consider it “The Most Profound Medicine”. This form of moving meditation can also be known as “movement medication”. Qi Gong and Mindfulness are both excellent modalities for self-care and well being. Qi Gong involves focused movement accompanied by mindful breathwork.
These two very simple forms of Qi Gong that accompany this post are to help support your immune system and lower the anxiety, stress, and fear that are abundant right now.
The purpose is to move the stagnant energy be it physical or emotional through the channels of the body called meridians in Acupuncture theory. In fact, I consider Qi Gong a form of acupuncture without needles. The movement and flow of blood, lymph and electricity (the nervous system) to help create and restore the balance of the Sympathetic (fight, flight, and fear) that is being hijacked right now to a more relaxed state of the Parasympathetic (rest, digest, relax and heal) nervous system.
These two forms will strive to increase the immune response in the lungs, heart, and kidney for an emotional and visceral response.
The emotion attached to the kidney is fear. And lets face it, we are all in a bit of fear right now. Fear can be of benefit if controlled. In fact, we need a bit of fear in our lives to make good decisions. It’s all about the response to fear and how we learn to manage it and tolerate it to move forward. With proper training, practice, and mindset, fear can transition to courage. The emotion of the heart can be hysteria and panic. With proper practice and a mindful response, the emotion of the heart can be joy and love. The emotion of the lung is grief and sorrow. We are all experiencing some grief right now with our loss of money, work, and social interactions. This can be replaced with a sense of hope and joy when we can practice letting go.
When learning Qi Gong and Mindfulness meditation, the primary purpose is to learn how to slow down, pause and become aware of what is going on in the present moment.
We can not change the complexities of what is surrounding us. However, we can learn how to make space in our lives and mind to create a better response to all that comes our way.
With just some simple movements, some simple deep breaths, we can change the neurobiology in our bodies to enhance as well as suppress some of the neurotransmitters that regulate our nervous systems.
For thousands of generations, we humans have survived hard times. We know how to do this. And when we sense our connection, we help each other.
I will leave you with two mantras to carry with you. This is called Metta meditation mantra or loving-kindness. “May you be filled with loving-kindness, may you be safe, may you be healthy, may you be happy, may your life be at ease”.
“Every day in every way I am increasing my mental and physical capacity”
From all of us at Thrive, we wish you and your family health and happiness in these trying times.