Discipline is Freedom

This excerpt is from my latest post on Elephant Journal:

In January 2001 I almost died from a severe flare of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s colitis). While I was in the hospital, my father brought me a book about qigong. He showed me how to do a standing meditation pose and I tried to do it every day for 30 seconds.

When I was well enough to live on my own again, I lived in Washington, DC, where two dharma teachers at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax encouraged me to practice qigong. One of them gave me a book and a video and suggested that I try to practice qigong every day for 100 days. So on March 9, 2001 I committed to practicing qigong every day for 100 days.

As of today, I have practiced qigong every day for more than 3,650 days…

Read the whole post here: Discipline is Freedom.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DandelionMama
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 22:27:29

    What type of Qi Gong did you practice?


    • Erica
      Sep 27, 2012 @ 13:23:26

      I have practiced several different kinds of qigong over the last 12 years: Chi Lel qigong, Chow qigong, and the Qigong forms common to Bejing, where my instructor is from. These Bejing forms include the 8 treasures, 6 healing sounds, 5 playing animals, among other forms, which I teach regularly (am a qigong instructor now). I think that the most important thing is to practice every day, no matter what the form, and to commit to practicing each new form at least 100 consecutive days.


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