In addition to massage therapy and exercise, one of the best things you can do to manage stress is to meditate. The level of stress you are experiencing may very well determine the type of meditation you initially start with.
Extreme stress that is debilitating and/or associated with depression may require muscle relaxation techniques which will be the precursor to formal meditation practices.
General stress will respond extremely well to relaxation and mindfulness meditation techniques.
True, stress, anger, disappointments, frustrations, and other negative emotions adversely affect our minds and even bodies. Such negative emotions and actions should be dealt effectively and set-backs should be accepted without injuring our health. Mindfulness Meditation is that medicine which helps to deal with negative emotions and situations in the most effective manner.
Through the practise of Meditation, we can train our minds to achieve a state of tranquillity, without being disturbed by outside forces. Mindfulness Meditation helps in training and developing the strengths of the mind to achieve this peacefulness.
One can practise Mindfulness Meditation by sitting in an appropriate upright position, cross-legged, and focussing on our breath or anything else, such as mental and physical processes which help us in becoming aware of our present thought patterns and inner state.
The practice of Mindfulness Meditation focuses our attention on our thoughts, actions, and present moments non-judgmentally. It does not encourage evaluating or thinking on our past actions and neither does it take our thoughts to the uncertain future. Mindfulness Meditation helps and trains our mind from getting distracted by outside disturbances and enables us to focus our thoughts and relax the mind. This form of meditation is best learnt from a teacher to achieve the best results
This form of meditation usually involves a guided relaxation technique and focus on your breathing. It is easier to learn than mindfulness meditation and a good beginning point. There are numerous guided CD’s that can be purchased off the Net that will get you started.
Zeng Qi Yun Xing:
This form of meditation is not well know outside of China/Malaysia/Indonesia, and is very new to Australia. I was one of the very fortunate ones to attend the first ever workshop taught here in Australia last year. This meditation technique is a healing and health preservation technique that has all the benefits of normal meditation and more.
This technique has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine, and dates back about 4000 years to the time of the yellow emperor.
Zhen-Qi Yun Xing (Five Steps Microcosmic Cycles),a science based breathing technique, stresses on focusing your thoughts, regulate the breathing and the nurture of Zhen-Qi. Once sufficient Zhen-Qi has been accumulated, it will rise (Dong Quan, Yoga term: Kundalini Rising), it will penetrate all meridians and move freely in the body. After this process, the Zhen-Qi will stimulate the internal organs and regulate the health condition of a person. It will give an individual greater immunity against diseases, delays the aging process and achieves excellent health and longevity. Over the years, the Zhen-Qi YunXing technique has been proven to be effective in treating various chronic and long gestation illnesses. The technique has won many scientific and technique awards at both the provincial and national levels in the China Mainland. It also won the “Outstanding Science-Tech Success Award” presented at the 5th World Traditional Medicine Conference.
The origin of Zhen-Qi Yun Xing
The existence and the flow of Zhen-Qi has been recorded throughout the Chinese history for the last 5,000 years, expressed and encoded in a form of work of arts such as paintings, poetic and literature. It also has been practiced in different forms of martial arts such as Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Qigong. However, only a privileged few throughout these millennia can decipher the true meaning of behind these works of arts.
The flow of Zhen Qi as well as the technique of Zhen- Qi Yun Xing all originated from the Chinese ancient text of Huangdi Niejing or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon, which is the fundamental doctrine of today’s
There was a chapter titled Zhen-Qi Yun Xing which was missing and it was a common knowledge among the scholars that the missing chapter was gone forever. Nevertheless, the original (ancient) Zhen-Qi Yun Xing technique had survived and had only been passed from generation to generation within certain privileged families in China for the last few millennia. For over 7 generations, it was also the closely guarded secrets of the Grand Masters of the Shaolin, where the knowledge was passed on only to the successor of the Grand Master and not to the general population of the monks in the Shaolin Temple
Modern Zhen-Qi Yun Xing
The modern Zhen-Qi Yun Xing, Five steps Microcosmic Cycles, was developed further by re-known
Chinese Medicine Physician, Prof. DR. Li Shao Bo. His family bloodline is amongst the privileged few who retain the secret knowledge. With the assistance from the Chinese government’s hospital and through 60 years of scientific and clinical research as well as many case studies, he has perfected the breathing technique of Zhen-Qi Yun Xing for the sole purpose of health care and preservation.
Professor Dr. Li Shao Bo is currently 101 years old and still living in Lanzhou, China. His lifework has been documented and sold for over 1,000,000 copies in China. The book has not yet been translated into any other language simply because of one reason only: too complicated. The book consists of advanced Chinese medical terms and poetic forms which makes it hard to be translated into a direct
translation. Our Australian Foundation is working towards translating this book into English.