Every night you go to sleep you engage in the most natural form of meditation your body can experience, says Qigong master and healer Chunyi Lin, creator of Spring Forest Qigong.
“Sleeping is a natural form of meditation and a form of Qigong,” he says, “It’s the perfect way to balance yin and yang energy in the body.”
Traditional Chinese Medicine says too much yang energy or too much yin energy can cause blockages in the body’s energy channels and lead to health problems.
“But ‘Qi sleeping’ helps to balance your energy. During sleep, the energies of the heart, mind, body, and spirit unite,” Chunyi says. “It’s so wonderful because you are practicing Qigong while you sleep!”
To help you sleep like a baby—and fine-tune your energy while you do it—consider these tips from Chunyi:
• Exercise daily to detoxify acidic energy in the body. Walking, slow running, weight lifting, Qigong, yoga, or tai chi can all help you go deeper into sleep so the body can balance more quickly.
• Eat a light meal in the evening, and stop eating two hours before bed.
• Consider eating a small baked potato as part of your evening meal. This calms the energy of the brain and pancreas, helps balance hormone energy, and helps the body relax.
• Don’t drink any tea, coffee, or alcohol at least two hours before bed.
• Avoid watching violent movies or TV shows before sleep. “As you sleep, those images are still processing in your brain, in every cell in your body,” Chunyi says, “It can prevent you from having a peaceful sleep.”
• Before bed, take a hot bath filled with a handful of sea salt, or soak your feet in a basin of hot water with three tablespoons of sea salt.
• Go to sleep and wake up the same time every day to allow your body to align with its natural body clock.
• Sleep on your right or left side or on your back. This helps balance the Qi better.
When sleeping on your side bend your knees, Chunyi says, “and sleep like a shrimp, or like a baby in the womb.”
Avoid sleeping on your stomach, which can cause your neck to twist and energy blockages to develop gradually in your body.• Put a smile on your face as you close your eyes. Smiling causes your brain to send out endorphins that help you feel good.
• Visualize you are sleeping in the cradle of the moon.
• Relax your body from head to toe, breathing slowly, deeply, and gently.
• Focus your attention on your lower dantian, the energy center deep behind the navel. Imagine bright, loving energy there. Send unconditional love energy to your lungs and to any part of your body where you have pain. Allow your body to feel the love.
• Send a message to your body. For example, say to yourself, “Tonight I will sleep in eight hours of Qigong meditation. Tomorrow when I wake, all my channels are open. All the blockages in my body are gone. I am completely healed, and I feel happy and healthy.”
• When you wake in the morning, don’t spring out of bed right away. Lie still as you take three deep breaths. Then rub your hands and massage your face. Massage your ears. Then get up and enjoy your day.
“When you sleep well and feel peace in your body,” Chunyi says, “every cell has time to rejuvenate. The next morning you wake up with good energy and are ready to go!”
You can learn many other ways to balance your energy and help your body heal during the free online Spring Forest Healingfest in May. Chunyi Lin will even guide you in gentle exercises and two Sitting Meditations that develop your mental concentration and help clear your body’s energy channels to promote healing.
Today I received this email from Amish, which I though might also be of interest to you… In his message you will also see a link to the page where you can view a free 24-hour screening of his documentary, on 1 May.
Thank you for opening up today.
This is a vulnerable and special email for me to send.
Here is why…
For the last 7 years I’ve been researching this “lost kingdom” off the west coast of India. The city is called Dwarka. I read about the excavations they started in the 60′s around the area and they found things that carbon dated back 7,000 years.
As they started going deeper, they found stuff older and older…and older. They found a city twice the size of Manhattan off the coast and it could be one of the oldest places and civilizations known to man!
The tale of Dwarka was always one of my favorites: possibly the oldest civilization in human history.
Here is where you come in.
4 months before my daughter was born 2 years ago, I had this crazy vision to go to Dwarka to explore this lost kingdom. So I did it…haha! I packed my bags and went.
Here’s the CRAZY part…
I didn’t intend on making a documentary out of this. When I got to my hotel in Dwarka, through some cosmic coincidence, I happened to meet a local dude from India who shot film for a company. They were inspired by my story and the beginnings of my first documentary began.
It was just MEANT to be.
Here we are and the film is finished and ready to be shown to the world.
I have never done anything like this but let me tell you, it has been one of the best experiences of my life so far.
My friends and family are getting behind it, my team is totally behind it and pushing it and my schedule is packed with press interviews.
The demand for this is INCREDIBLE!
We have been swamped with requests to support this so we thought why not at least let you know about it and you can decide for yourself.
The film will premier on May 1st for 24 hours ONLY so you have to get on this ASAP. We have an irresistible offer for the viewers that includes the DVD and a soft cover coffee table book plus a ton of bonus’s that they are going to love.
Thank you for being here to support this dream and vision of mine, I appreciate you more than words can say.
Rule Your Reality,
Join Inc.500 entrepreneur, Amish Shah, as he investigates the secrets of the ancient submerged city of Dwarka. Follow his journey, inspired by the Mahabharata and other Vedic texts, as he explores the validity of their detailed accounts of ancient technology, powerful beings, and epic wars.
This mysterious city off the coast of India, rumored to be over 30,000 years old, may hold the keys to discovering whether these legendary tales were myth or factual accounts.
To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time, for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness — care for watching, but don’t stop and interpret “I am free,” then you’re living in a memory of something that has gone before.
You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because, I mean I don’t want to be like “As Confucius say”, but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different.
To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.
All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge.
What we are after is the root, and not the branches. The root is the real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge. Real knowledge breeds “body feel” and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.
A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, “I” do not hit, “it” hits all by itself.
Don’t think, feel….it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
Emptiness the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.
What IS is more important than WHAT SHOULD BE. To many people are looking at “what is” from a position of thinking “what should be.”
Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing.
Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
You cannot force the Now. But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.
In science we have finally come back to the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, who said everything is flow, flux, process. There are no “things.” Nothingness in Eastern language is “no-thingness”. We in the West think of nothingness as a void, an emptiness, an nonexistence. In Eastern philosophy and modern physical science, nothingness “no-thingness”, is a form of process, ever moving.
The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
If thought exists, I who think and the world about which I think also exist; the one exists but for the other, having no possible separation between them. Therefore, the world and I are both in active correlation; I am that which sees the world, and the world is that which is seen by me. I exist for the world and the world exists for me. … One sure and primary and fundamental fact is the joint existence of a subject and of its world. The one does not exist without the other. I acquire no understanding of myself except as I take account of objects, of the surroundings. I do not think unless I think of things — and there I find myself.
The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is.
Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, unrhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.
The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.
Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
Liberate yourself from concepts and see the truth with your own eyes. It exists HERE and NOW; it requires only one thing to see it: openness, freedom, the freedom to be open and not tethered by any ideas, concepts, etc. When our mind is tranquil, there will be an occasional pause to its feverish activities, there will be a let-go, and it is only then in the interval between two thoughts that a flash of UNDERSTANDING, understanding, which is not thought, can take place.
Possession of anything begins in the mind.
Thoughts are things.
Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.
The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.
The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.
This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I’ve come to understand that life is best to be lived, not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand.
The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.