How can Qi offer you the means, tools and will to live a life of balance? Explaining what Qi is, where it comes from, how we use it, and how we can cultivate it in order to achieve wholeness and balance, this much-needed book combines knowledge and practice to explore all aspects of Qi, including its modern, everyday implications. The book not only covers the history of Qi, but also demystifies the vital philosophies and practices surrounding it. Filled with valuable information on how to recognise and cultivate Qi in order to increase your energetic capacity and return to a more efficient physical, emotional, and psychological state, it also illustrates Qi's central importance in meditation, Taiji, Qigong, and other Internal Arts practices that focus upon its vitality. The author also offers instruction on a number of methods for opening the energy gates of the body to cultivate Qi.
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While Chinese acupuncture and herbalism enjoy widespread popularity in the West, traditional Chinese exercise techniques—with the exception of qi gong—have rarely been taught outside China. This book is designed to change that. Written by Jun Wang, a doctor of Chinese medicine, Cultivating Qi draws on classic Chinese texts to introduce these body-mind healing exercises to Western readers. In simple, accessible language, Wang presents three specific qi exercises: the Yijin Jing, a popular form of calisthenics associated with both Chinese Buddhist and Daoist traditions; Taiji Neigong, a series of 34 movements adapted from the Wu-Hao style of Taiji Quan; and the “Six Healing Breaths,” which combines spoken sounds with movements associated with the six major vital organs of Chinese medicine. Written for beginning students of Chinese medicine as well as laypersons, healthcare practitioners, and martial artists, Cultivating Qi includes clear explanations of Chinese medical terminology—and provides the original Chinese characters for more advanced students—as well as step-by-step instruction in the three exercises. Accompanied by 100 photographs, these exercises are suitable for all ages and activity levels, and most of them take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
A must-have for everyone interested in Qi or Universal Energy. The Power of Qi for Health & Longevity is accessible to both new and advanced students. It is the result of over 20 years of dedicated study into the dynamics of cultivating Qi with two wonderful and highly qualified Grand Masters of Qi Gong: Weizhao Wu of Toronto, Canada, and Dr. Tsu Kuo Shih of Connecticut, USA. The powerful tools offered in this book will help you discover and enjoy the immense healing powers of Qi Gong. Featured are an extensive explanation of body's energy anatomy, the secrets of longevity according to Professor Huang Zhanhuan of China, founder of the Dadao style of Taiji Chuan, the nine steps to mastering Qi Gong, the six healing sounds and more. Learn Dragon Qi Gong, my signature style, and four Medical Qi Gong styles for Respiratory Disease, Depression, Anxiety, Digestive Issues, and High/Low Blood Pressure.
Practiced by millions of people the world over, Qigong is actually an approach to life itself. It is a state of mind characterized by complete relaxation and complete acceptance, and deep meditation; it is open to the healing energy of the universe, and it offers healing for the whole world. Qigong practice not only aligns your own body, mind and spirit, but also aligns us with the universal body, mind and spirit. By regulating our minds through meditation, deep breathing and gentle movement we can facilitate a smoother and stronger flow of energy throughout our bodies, giving us greater health and freedom of movement throughout our lives. This unique book will familiarize you with the cultivation and healing concepts of Qigong. This book is beautifully illustrated with over 370 photos and more than 80 drawings. "We must practice Qigong with the intention of not only healing ourselves, but becoming a healing influence on all those around us."- Dr. Michael Steward Sr.
Practices for maintaining optimum health and prolonging life, or yang sheng, have been a part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, and health cultivation is an important component of Chinese Medicine. Health cultivation is related to methods of disease prevention involving exercises and practices that aim to improve the individual constitution while maintaining harmony within the body. A broad range of practices involving both body and mind have been collected here. This book contains twenty chapters, beginning with an introduction to the historical development and basic concepts of yang sheng. Health cultivation methods provided in this book include dietary methods, sexual practices, spirit-cultivation exercises, medicinal herbs, geomancy (feng shui), tui na massage, qi gong exercise, and many other specific practices for promoting health in all stages of life.
Modern economics come from western countries. They are the mirrors of the economic conditions of these countries and the way they talk about economic phenomena is under the logic of western philosophy. But in fact, as a culture of long history, China has its own "e;classic economics"e;, though it hides behind modern context. The author re-discovers the Chinese classic economics from scriptures and historical records. This book not only contains the academic explanation of a long forgotten economic theory system but also offers us a new prospect to understand the modern world.This area this book covers is unique and totally new. People always consider economics is rather young. But in fact, economic thoughts, which influenced by many different aspects, exist for a long time. This book tries to re-discover the long hidden economic thoughts in ancient Chinese culture. It provides us a new way to understand the model and the unique patterns of modern China's economic behavior.Whenever we refer to economics, whether economics of Adam Smith, Keynes or even Karl Marx, we are always referring to something "e;western"e;. There are few books talking about the economic thoughts in ancient China. This book has few competitors. It will appeal to a worldwide audience of students and scholars of economics.This area this book covers is unique and totally new. People always consider economics is rather young. But in fact, economic thoughts, which influenced by many different aspects, exist for a long time. This book tries to re-discover the long hidden economic thoughts in ancient Chinese culture. It provides us a new way to understand the model and the unique patterns of modern China's economic behavior.Whenever we refer to economics, whether economics of Adam Smith, Keynes or even Karl Marx, we are always referring to something "e;western"e;. There are few books talking about the economic thoughts in ancient China. This book has few competitors. It will appeal to a worldwide audience of students and scholars of economics.
Harmony is a concept essential to Confucianism and to the way of life of past and present people in East Asia. Integrating methods of textual exegesis, historical investigation, comparative analysis, and philosophical argumentation, this book presents a comprehensive treatment of the Confucian philosophy of harmony. The book traces the roots of the concept to antiquity, examines its subsequent development, and explicates its theoretical and practical significance for the contemporary world. It argues that, contrary to a common view in the West, Confucian harmony is not mere agreement but has to be achieved and maintained with creative tension. Under the influence of a Weberian reading of Confucianism as "adjustment" to a world with an underlying fixed cosmic order, Confucian harmony has been systematically misinterpreted in the West as presupposing an invariable grand scheme of things that pre-exists in the world to which humanity has to conform. The book shows that Confucian harmony is a dynamic, generative process, which seeks to balance and reconcile differences and conflicts through creativity. Illuminating one of the most important concepts in Chinese philosophy and intellectual history, this book is of interest to students of Chinese studies, history and philosophy in general and eastern philosophy in particular.
A Brief History of Qi takes the reader through the mysterious terrain of Chinese Medicine, Chinese language, Chinese martial arts and Qi Gong - a truly evocative guide to virtually all the traditional Chinese arts and sciences. This book is devoted to a topic represented by a single Chinese character, Qi. When presented with the concept of Qi, students of Chinese culture, Chinese medicine, Chinese martial arts and a wide range of Chinese traditional arts and sciences face one of the most perplexing challenges of their tenure. The book begins with an examination of Qi's linguistic and literary roots, stretching back through the shadowy mists of Chinese pre-civilisation. The authors then trace the development of the concept of Qi through a number of related traditional Chinese disciplines including painting, poetry, medicine and martial arts. The book concludes with an examination of the depth and breadth of Qi as manifested in life's cycles.
This book engages in cross-tradition scholarship, investigating the processes associated with cultivating or nurturing the self in order to live good lives. Both Ancient Chinese and Greek philosophers provide accounts of the life lived well: a Confucian junzi, a Daoist sage and a Greek phronimos. By focusing on the processes rather than the aims of cultivating a good life, an international team of scholars investigate how a person develops and practices a way of life especially in these two traditions. They look at what is involved in developing practical wisdom, exercising reason, cultivating equanimity and fostering reliability. Drawing on the insights of thinkers including Plato, Confucius, Han Fei and Marcus Aurelius, they examine themes of harmony, balance and beauty, highlight the different concerns of scepticism across both traditions, and discuss action as an indispensable method of learning and, indeed, as constitutive of self. The result is a valuable collection opening up new lines of inquiry in ethics, demonstrating the importance of philosophical ideas from across cultural traditions.
Commentaries, Meditation and Qigong for Healing and Spiritual Awakening "The teaching focuses essentially on the purification of Jing-Chi-Shen into its final product: the elixir of pure-person." - Door to All Wonders, Tao Te Ching The second book Return to Oneness with the Tao elaborates on the Taoist meditation and Qigong inner alchemy techniques such as lower dantien breathing, Microcosmic Orbit Qigong, primordial wuji Qigong, meditation on twin hearts, and Tibetan Shamanic Qigong to cultivate the Three Treasures Jing, Qi and Shen. An important addition to this book is the understanding of a most important principle - awareness and intention are powerful factors for personal transformation and healing. When we are aware of what is - the emotional root cause of disease that is blocking the flow of Qi - we can intentionally release it through meditation and Qigong to effect a process of change for personal transformation and healing. "Oneness or Qigong state (samadhi) is experienced by cultivating the Three Treasures Jing, Qi and Shen in the Three Dantians through the practice of Qigong." - Master Ricardo B Serrano