Applied Meditation/Qi Gong
The Power of Meditation: Clinical evidence that meditative practices can dramatically affect physical & mental health and quality of life has been steadily mounting for years. Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation (a form adapted from Buddhist Vipassana teachings) alone. Mindfulness-based stress reduction, pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, is now being offered at more than 250 MBSR clinics worldwide.
Western science first became seriously interested in “applied meditation” (i.e. meditation used for specific mental/physical health aims) in the 1960’s, when Transcendental Meditation -- as introduced to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- was gaining popularity in the U.S. Numerous encouraging scientific studies were conducted. Interest in meditation’s tangible benefits has grown exponentially since that time, attracting the involvement of many of the world’s top neuroscientists and psychologists.
Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gung), is often called Meditation in Motion. The term means "energy cultivation" or "working with the life force energy." Qi Gong is a powerful Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques and meditations. Inspired by ancient shamanic practices and later by Taoist philosophy, qi gong evolved to become an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its techniques are designed to improve and enhance the body's qi, which, in Taoism & TCM, is believed to be responsible for health, vitality and spiritual development.
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