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Thanks for your guidance! I will incorporate this thought with my exercises today. Is there meaning why Qi would manifest as chills rather than heat? The only thing I can think is that it had something to do with my mostly healed muscle cramps in the back since that's where I felt it.

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Basic Qigong Forms day 5:

Though I woke up stiff between the shoulder blades, I kept up with the magnesium which helped a lot so I did the forms in the afternoon. As usual, felt relaxed at the end. I felt a new sensation during the downward move in Lifting the Sky. A chill moved down my back, the hair-raising kind. I don't know if this is normal but am following the instruction not to focus on Qi during the forms.

It's a paradox. You don't want to focus on Qi, you want to focus on emptiness and blank out as you do it. However, one should still be observant of the Qi flow, and what you feel as you do the exercise. In the coming weeks this will make it much easier to learn to harnass and control the Qi flow in the body and direct Qi to specific points in the body through the meridians.

So, focus on emptiness and quiet your mind, yet be observant at the same time.

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Basic Qigong Forms day 3:

Had to pass as the muscle cramp in my back was too painful and distracting. I usually have a high tolerance to pain but I'm a big baby when it comes to my back.

Basic Qigong Forms day 4:

After an unsuccessful attempt at the meditation this morning, I took a few hours to recenter before doing the forms. I was glad that the magnesium helped the pain diminish and I was able to focus and move through all the forms well enough though I can't say I felt any heat or tingling. I felt relaxed afterwards but not as much as days 1 and 2.

Basic Qigong Forms day 5:

Though I woke up stiff between the shoulder blades, I kept up with the magnesium which helped a lot so I did the forms in the afternoon. As usual, felt relaxed at the end. I felt a new sensation during the downward move in Lifting the Sky. A chill moved down my back, the hair-raising kind. I don't know if this is normal but am following the instruction not to focus on Qi during the forms.

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Zen meditation day 3:

I must have slept wrong and moved too quickly as I developed a killer muscle cramp between my shoulder blades. Tried to massage it out and took some Advil but it got worse throughout the day. Being immobile anyway, I figured I could at least try the meditation but after a few deep breathes I realized that even this was too painful so I stopped. :(

Zen meditation day 4:

I decided that Advil wasn't doing much for my muscle cramp so I tried magnesium instead. This helped enough so that it didn't hurt to breathe deep. I did my best to focus on the object but I kept getting distracted by one thing or another, which left me feeling frustrated. I figured I wasn't doing myself any favors in this frame of mind and stopped the meditation after five minutes.

Zen meditation day 5:

Since I knew I would be doing the forms later in the day, I decided to try my meditation then too. I definitely find it easier to clear the mind and maintain focus in the mornings before the day's stresses take hold. While thoughts kept creeping in, I did my best for 15 minutes. Surprisingly, while I couldn't maintain focus during the meditation, it did help in clearing the distraction while doing the forms right after.

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Basic Qigong Forms day 2:
I did produce more body heat today, especially with Shaolin Archer. Love how relaxed and at peace I felt afterwards especially since this was a rather hectic day.

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Zen meditation day 2:

Tried Two Legged Buddha position (much better, thanks for posting the pics!). For the first five minutes or so, a fog developed over my entire view - maybe an effect from focusing on a small object? Nothing was blurry while this happened and I felt no strain on my eyes. I tried to blink it out anyway and looked away from the object for a bit. That didn't do anything but it eventually cleared on its own and I persisted in my focus. Midway through the meditation I felt slow twitching on my back inner thigh which moved to the front then picked up on my calf. This lasted no more than 30 seconds. Soon after, the room itself seemed to be wavy, swaying. While in this wavy moment, I felt my awareness shift. I can't explain it adequately but it felt expansive as if I was absorbed in this wave, all the while focusing on this knob which seemed to acknowledge the moment so nonchalantly. The throat-tightening was still there throughout the meditation but by the end, as it dissipated, I felt a burst of warmth rush up from my throat to my cheeks and then up my scalp. No sensations in my fingers today.

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Basic Qigong Forms day 1:
Lifting the Sky: nice stretch, relaxing
Pushing Water: nice stretch for the core, relaxing
Shaolin Archer: this one I had to replay your moves a few times to get the moves right. By the end, I felt some tingling at the tips of my fingers and dare I say, a bit tipsy (in a good way) but energized at the same time.

A few questions:

I couldn't see your feet position in the video but are they angled out or facing forward?
In Shaolin Archer, are you engaging muscles when pulling back the bow or is it just a relaxed movement?
For Lifting the Sky and Shaolin Archer, after bending the knees, what is the position of the lower back? To move my center of gravity lower (and reduce strain on my lower back), I tend to slightly angle my hips up so that the small of my back is minimized. Hope that makes sense and is this OK to do?

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Zen meditation day 1:
I managed to do 25 minutes as I eventually got distracted by my lower foot going numb and the ensuing pins and needles from trying to reposition it. Any tips? Otherwise, the 25 minutes went more quickly than I imagined it would and I was able to maintain focus on the object fairly well with no other interfering thoughts. About 3 minutes in though I had the sensation of my throat tightening. It wasn't bothersome so I continued to keep focus on the object and work through it. By the end the sensation dissipated. I did notice tingling and a bit cooler in my pinky and ring fingers of both hands. By the end, I was certainly more relaxed and moved on to the three basic forms.

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Qigong Study Group (2013) / Re: Breaking the Ice
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:04:27 PM »
Name: Fanna
Age: 46
Location: East Coast
Favorite food: Thai, Indian, Turkish, Mexican, anything with cilantro, Rainier cherries, white peaches, watermelon (can you tell I missed summer?)
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, bird-watching, star-gazing, qigong (new)
Profession: natural foods coop organizer
Likes: hugs from my kids, napping on a beach, nature sounds, a good laugh, engaging discussions, synchronous moments, helping others, solitude
Dislikes: willful ignorance, irrational fears, cowardice, shallow people, dog owners who don't pick up after their dogs
Previous training and study: Some research online about Qigong but relative newbie.

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Body Energy Arts / Re: 2nd Veritas Qigong Study Group
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:38:23 AM »
I can't reply either.

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Body Energy Arts / Re: 2nd Veritas Qigong Study Group
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:15:12 PM »
Definitely interested in participating. Sorry for the confusion.

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Body Energy Arts / Re: 2nd Veritas Qigong Study Group
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:48:46 AM »
Hi, new here and would love it if you would have the study group in an open forum. Thanks for dedicating your time to this effort!

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