peaceful mind = smooth flow of qi = good health
What is mind?
There are many ideas about what the mind does but nothing that tells us what our mind is, only complicated theories. Since we all have a mind it's better that we investigate for ourselves what our own mind is.
A simple meditation practice, derived from Buddha's Mahamudra teachings, called clarity of the mind is a very excellent tool for investigating our own mind and come to know it directly. This meditation gradually leads us to a direct experience of what our mind is, the nature of our own mind. This way we do not need the interpretation from others to tell us what our mind is. Through engaging in this meditation we shall begin to appreciate that our mind has no actual physical properties. With the help and guidance of a qualified Kadampa meditation teacher we shall discover that there are many levels of your mind (waking, dreaming, deep sleep) and that there are many parts to our mind called mental factors. These mental factors work together to enable our mind to perceive and know things.
What is the relationship between mind and qi?
Mind influences the movement of qi throughout the body via a network of subtle channels/meridians.
How does the mind and qi flow affect our health?
The state of mind is the single most important factor affecting the quality and quantity of qi flow. When our mind is at peace and therefore happy, the flow of qi is smooth and unobstructed through the channels. This is a dynamic state of health. When we are un peaceful and thus unhappy the flow of qi is disturbed and physical processes do not function so efficiently. We experience illness and sickness. If this state of imbalance is not corrected then physical changes will occur which will eventually show up in the blood chemistry as well as imaging techniques of Western medicine.
How can I investigate the nature of my own mind?
A clean, clear and very peaceful meditation for investigating the nature of your own mind is called clarity of mind meditation. For instructions, click here
Here is a working view of health and wellbeing according to Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). You do not need to believe or have experience of this system to benefit.
What is Qi (pronounced chee)?
Chinese medicine is built around the discovery and application of a phenomenon called Qi, or Life-Force. It animates all the beautiful, moment to moment, and interconnected processes of life all around and within each of us.
In our body qi can be compared to the movement of water through an organised and complex network of pipes. These are energetic pathways (aka channels or meridians) along which qi flows are depicted in acupuncture charts. The flow of qi in these channels is what mediates all the complex processes in the human body.
Three functioning levels of qi in our body
What factors affect the quality and quantity of qi flow?
In the body the quality and quantity of qi flow needs to be just right. Several factors that affect this are categorised broadly as :
What is the most important factor affecting qi flow?
The state of mind is the single most important factor that affects the quality and quantity of qi flow. When our mind is at peace and therefore happy, the flow of qi is unobstructed. Physical processes are in harmony. This is a dynamic state of health. When we are unpeaceful and thus unhappy the flow of qi is disturbed and physical processes do not function so efficiently. We experience illness and sickness. If this state of imbalance is not corrected then physical changes will occur which will eventually show up in the blood chemistry as well as imaging techniques of Western medicine.
Health is the effective and efficient flow of qi throughout the entire body.
How will this information be applied to get me feeling and functioning better?
There are a variety tools that are used to affect the quality and quantity of qi flow. We shall select the combination that is most appropriate your your particular health needs. The main tools we use to treat acupuncture needles as well as needle free techniques.
What can I do to help myself get better between treatments?
Drawing from well researched, simple and effective self-care methods of CCM, we shall prescribe you things to do at home such as
Where can I learn more about taking care of my health?
Yes. We have designed a programme of self-care called Care for Your Qi.