By Master Chris Peck
From the Spring 2003 Newsletter
all of the Chinese martial disciplines and especially in
every day life, it is of utmost importance to gather as much
positive energy (chi) as possible. The practitioner should
take every opportunity to achieve that end, for we can never
have enough chi.
Chi comes to us mainly through the food we eat and the air
we breathe. When we eat, the body absorbs the energy from
our food in the form of vitamins and nutrients. When we
breathe, we must use the dan tian and allow the whole lung
to take in energy (oxygen) so that it can be distributed
throughout the body via the circulation of the blood.
However, one very important source of gathering chi that
most of us overlook, is through our perception. If we are
not aware of what we are doing or we don't have a positive
outlook about what we are doing, which many of us are guilty
of, we lose chi in great amounts.
If we don't have a positive outlook about what we are doing, we lose chi in great amounts.
To remedy this, all that need be done is to become aware of
the potential depletion and counter it with positive
thoughts. For example, who likes to take out the garbage? No
one. It's a dirty job. Thinking about dealing with the
garbage commonly produces negative emotions such as, "I hate
doing this", which depletes our chi. Turn the chore around
and make it a pleasurable one. Make it a positive thing to
do by perceiving that it will help the family stay healthy
and keep the house clean. This will prevent chi loss and
promote chi gathering.
Any activity or situation that we encounter in life that has
a negative connotation attached to it will steal our chi, if
we allow it to do so. Even if you find yourself on your
hands and knees cleaning the dirt and filth from a street
gutter, do the best job you can of cleaning that gutter and
do it with loving care and gratitude for being able to help
the community. You will find an over abundance of chi when
you are done.
When training or just taking a walk, go to a source where
oxygen is produced. Trees have a tremendous source of chi
for they produce oxygen. You can absorb their energy. Doing
Tai Ji on the beach is very beneficial because the ocean has
an endless supply of energy that you can gather. Forests,
lakes, rivers, almost natural elements have an abundance of
energy. Even rain. Take it in.
Remember, think in a negative manner and you will lose
everything. Think in a positive manner and you will gather
chi in abundance.
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