Chi flows like a river through you, following the path of least resistance. When the flow of chi is free, open and unbound, it flows toward positive, life-nurturing forces…. much the same way as a free-flowing river nourishes all life within it and the plants and animals that are fed by it…. When your energy is blocked or trapped, however, it acts much like a river where water backs up and stops flowing, accumulating sludge and gunk…. Its location in the body then becomes susceptible to stress, illness and disease, both physical and mental…Practicing the art of letting go and releasing any buildup of stuck chi, is the principle taught by Taoists for thousands of years and….is the enduring principle behind traditional Chinese medicine. (Chapter 2, Creating Your Own Inner Revolution)
The Chi Revolution asks you to get out of your head and into your body. In many people, the capacity to go from an external orientation of life to an internal one is severely blocked. Others…are waking up to the fact that no amount of external validation–material assets, status, affirmation of others–has ever done much to foster inner peace for more than a few fleeting moments. Tuning in to your inner world will not necessary give you the instant gratification that the external world constantly promises. It is a process of becoming whole again, rather than a jumble of disconnected parts without any rhythm or harmony in relation to ourselves and those around us. (Chapter 2, Creating Your Own Inner Revolution)
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Myth # 8: Relaxation is about zoning out and escaping
Fact: Relaxation is about tuning into your body and letting go
Few Westerners have ever experienced deep relaxation. Because they feel stressed most of the time, they are psychologically unprepared for the fact that relaxation can become a norm in life rather than an aberration. It is even more difficult for people to realize that the more relaxed they are, the more energy, stamina, awareness, clarity and strength they will have.
Energetic fitness enables the progressive release of tension and anxiety so that it becomes a living reality. It involves turning in to your body and letting go of all your physical, emotional, mental, karmic, psychic and spiritual tension. Letting go means releasing chi blockages. Ultimately it means relaxing the nervous system so chi can strongly flow. Relaxation allows love, happiness and compassion to flourish.
(Chapter 6: Twelve Myths of Health and Fitness)
Excerpted from The CHI Revolution by Bruce Frantzis. Copyright © 2007 by Bruce Frantzis. Excerpted by permission of Blue Snake Books, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.