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May 162015
 

Even though I have been practicing and teaching Qigong since 2007, whenever I think that I know a thing or two about Qigong, I am humbled yet again. After all, what’s the big deal about Qigong? On the outside it looks just like a bunch a slow movements of one kind or another, sometimes accompanied by vocalization. What can it possibly do?
And yet each time I’m being amazed to discover how it takes on a life of its own, expanding infinitely, just like the universe.

I began practicing Qigong when I was in severe physical pain and my life was falling apart on all fronts. I had no expectations from Qigong to give me anything and at the same time, I had nothing to lose by giving it a try – I was desperate. From the first pain relief that I experienced after only three weeks of practice, I knew that there must be much more to Qigong than what my analytical mind could figure out. It was not just pain relief; An entire new outlook on life was emerging, seemingly out of nowhere, one which has allowed me to view the world as a welcoming open door, as opposed to the menace which I have previously regarded it. It has also allowed me to experience life as a wonderful moment-by-moment-opportunity, as opposed to an uphill battle – which is the way by which I have mostly lived my life up to that point.

I thought that by age 40 I knew what the world and what life were all about and that was very arrogant of me, but of course I couldn’t see it back then. Every time that I practice Qigong, no matter what the circumstances of the moment may be, the serenity, inner peace and relief that follow, never cease to amaze me with their power and depth. It’s as if the practice allows me to open my eyes and to realize a new layer that is part of my life’s reality, one which I was previously unable to see. And with such an added understanding, the problems and difficulties that I may have experienced prior to the practice, lose much of their power over me. Fear and doubt lose their firm hold and I become free.

Before I started teaching Qigong, I realized that I was a little selfish to benefit from Qigong and at the same time keep it all to myself. Since then, I have been teaching at the American Cancer Society, several senior centers and private classes. As long as I continue to receive the feedback of amazement from people who discover Qigong’s ever-expanding depth, I will continue to teach.

If you are interested in discovering the secrets of this 5,000 year old energy practice, I invite you to join one of my classes. For more information click
http://odedbenami.com/classes/

 

Mar 262014
 

The following is a short and simple visualization/meditation hybrid. If you wish, you can record yourself reading it and then use the recording as a guide. Alternatively you can memorize it and mentally guide yourself through. The experience is very soothing, comforting and relaxing, allowing the practitioner to find relief from stress, emotional grounding, unconditional love and guidance.


Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
With your eyes closed, notice in front of you a dark black point. Notice how it increases in size to become a small circle, then a larger and larger circle.
As you look straight into this growing darkness you realize its depth is infinite.
You become weightless like a cloud; floating.
As you are floating towards the center of the darkness, it engulfs you, allowing you to experience its infinity, its absence of any content and its clarity.

You can stay here for as long as you wish, being completely free; purely being.

When you are ready to come back notice a white dot in front of you. Notice how it increases in size to become a small white circle, then a larger and larger circle, brighter and brighter. As you look straight into this increasing light, open your eyes.

Take the time to stay seated with your eyes open and just be.