At some point during your Chi Kung ‘career’ your practice is going to be disturbed. It’s just a question of when it will happen. There are many ways your practice can be interrupted including:
- Someone will come up to you whilst you’re in energy flow and ask you if you’re alright.
- The fire alarm will go off in the building your practicing in.
- The phone will start ringing, the answer phone picks up the call and you realise you need to speak to this person.
- You’re in energy flow and it starts to rain cats and dogs.
- You break a piece of furniture or Objet d’Art.
If you’re not prepared, if you don’t know how to handle disturbances correctly the affects can be quite harmful. When you practice Chi Kung you want to be in a Chi Kung State of Mind, which is a deep meditative state of mind. Unexpected disturbances can cause your Chi/energy to become scattered.
If this happens on a regular basis (try finding somewhere else to practice) or if the disturbance is significant enough it can result in you finding yourself feeling nervous, anxious and fearful for no obvious reason.
Here are the 3 steps to dealing effectively and safely with disturbances during your Qigong practice:
- Be Prepared – When you are Preparing to start your practice, whilst you are walking around or making sure you are standing upright and balanced. Gently tell yourself that if anything happens to surprise or disturb you, it cannot hurt you, because it is only the phone ringing, or a friend trying to attract your attention.
Note: If you live in a shared house or practice in a shared garden, let your friends and family know not to disturb you during your practice, ask them to take a message for you if the phone rings. These are basic ground rules.
- When It Happens – when disturbance to your practice occurs, gently and firmly keep your composure. Tell yourself that your energy and your mind are intact and that everything is okay. Now take some slow, deep breaths and continue your practice when you are ready. Finish off as normal.
- If You Have To Stop – If a fire alarm goes off in the building you are practicing in, or you have to stop your practice before you are ready, here’s what to do:
- Bring your attention gently to your Dan Tian (the energy point just below your belly button). Rub your hands together briskly and give yourself a quick facial massage.
- Attend appropriately to whatever has demanded your attention.
- As quickly as you are safely able to do so – have an energy flow and finish off your practice as normal.
As previously mentioned the side affects of disruption to your Chi Kung practice can be quite severe. But the ‘cure’ to this is simple when you know how. Re-read this article a few times to make sure you know what to do next time an unexpected disturbance happens next to where you’re practicing!