Chi is the life force energy that exists in all living things. You can’t see it, but it’s there. You might be able to feel it. It flows in you and around you. Certain exercise disciplines like yoga, Tai chi and Qigong are intended to strengthen chi, while healing modalities, like acupuncture, use the body’s chi (energy meridians) to achieve healing!
Chi is as important to life as food, water and oxygen. Deplete it and you will become ill. Deplete it completely and you will die. We need a strong, healthy chi in order to stay healthy and thrive!
So what depletes chi. Many things do. Here are the key ones:
- poor diet
- unresolved emotional pain
- negative thoughts
- a bad attitude
In order to overcome an illness you need a strong chi. But illness, in part, results from a weak chi. This quite a paradox! In order to right the ship and initiate healing you need to strengthen your chi. To accomplish this, you just need to look at the list above and flip it over:
- eat healthy foods
- get a good nights sleep
- exercise joyfully
- let go of emotional pain (especially anger)
- live in the present moment
- do the things you love to do
- take up yoga, Tai chi or Qigong
- be kind
- hug people
- act with integrity
As you can see, there are many things you can do, but know this, no amount of Qigong or Tai chi will help you if you continue to eat chi depleting foods. Everything, ideally, must be in harmony. If you are full of anger, find someone who can help you let it go. If you spend a lot of time in negative thoughts, train yourself to live in the present moment. If you’re in a job you hate, change jobs, or find a way to make it more joyful. Your chi depends on it. Your health depends on it!
Have an awesomely energetic day!