Day 3 of the Qigong Challenge: Grounding Through the 1-4 Meditation

In today's exercise, you will imagine roots growing from your "bubbling spring point".  This point can be located near the center of the ball of your foot.

In today’s exercise, you will imagine roots growing from your “bubbling spring point”. This point can be located near the center of the ball of your foot.

Welcome to Day 3.  I am changing my plans a bit.  Originally, I was hoping to share all the movements I’ve learned with you over the next few weeks.  I have, however, begun to see the power of qigong the last couple nights and feel it would be irresponsible to teach you the more advanced techniques as I myself (after practicing for 5 months) am not quite ready for them.  Let me explain.  Last week in my class, we learned a meditation exercise to open the flow of all the meridians.  That night (after class) I had a crazy dream (wish I could remember it now to share with you).  You know, one of those dreams where you are so super busy or running around, or stressed or being chased that, even though you slept through the entire night, you wake up exhausted and worn out.  Well, I brought this up to my qigong teacher and he explained it was normal because I may have opened some channels that had not been opened in a while.  That was all well and fine but then something happened recently.  We had just learned to connect our three dan tiens (similar to chakras–connecting the 1. physical with the 2. heart center or mind with the 3. spiritual center) in my class.  I went to bed at 11pm as planned and lay there for an hour or more, restless.  Makes sense given that I was more accustomed to sleeping around midnight.  I eventually fell asleep and woke up around 3am to pee (I almost always wake up in the middle of the night for my dang bladder).  But then I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I tossed and turned for a good hour and a half (my poor husband).  Not only that but I was burning up (this has to do with some latent heat thing in Chinese medicine).  I’m often freezing when I go to bed but then I turn into a human furnace when I fall asleep.  I finally gave up my battle with sleep and got out of bed around 4:30am.  I realized my stomach was upset and I had a bought of diarrhea (I know TMI but it’s relevant), took a bath (to calm my stomach) and did some online shopping (found some adorable organic baby clothes for all my friends having babies).  I finally went back to bed around 6am.  I thought it might have been the raw yogurt I’d eaten that night but I had my herbalist test it using muscle testing and it was fine.

In the 1-4 meditation, you will imagine tree roots growing from the balls of your feet, gripping the earth and grounding you.

In the 1-4 meditation, you will imagine tree roots growing from the balls of your feet, gripping the earth and grounding you.

I later e-mailed my qigong teacher and he said that the dan tien exercise could have easily caused the issues.  He explained that usually, for the dan tien exercise, the response would be more emotional but that I should stay away from it for a bit and do more exercises to ground myself (i.e. the 1-4 meditation that we will do today).  I wonder if it was a bit of an emotional response as my colitis flare ups are so often associated with heartache and stress (not that this was a flare up, but it did involve some intestinal distress).  So, last night, I followed his instructions and slept way more soundly and feel much better today.  Long story short (too late as usual), I want to give you qigong information that will help you and strengthen you.  However, it is important to remember how very powerful this martial art can be.  It’s really so crazy cool!  Blows my mind.

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