Qigong and Neural Health
Apr 05, 2011 01:37AM
● By Richard Todd
The study of Human Physiology divides nerves into various systems and categories. We have the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, the autonomic, the motor, the sensory and so forth. Medical science has made great strides in determining how nerves work and in developing drugs that enhance, suppress or otherwise alter the functioning of our nerves. Recent research has even suggested that radiant energy may be involved in neural functionality. Medical science sees mental and emotional health as fundamentally neural in nature and so it seeks to provide physical remedies.
Many people enjoy activities such as word or number puzzles. Others find that playing games of various types enhances their cognitive and analytical faculties. It seems that an entire industry has sprung up around products that exercise your brain by focusing your attention in a variety of ways.
The philosophy of Qigong approaches life as a dynamic balance of the physical and energetic aspects of existence. One Qigong concept is that the mental and emotional aspects of life are inherently inseparable. Another is that the ability to focus one’s intent is fundamental not only to mental and emotional health but to physical health as well.
The goal of Qigong is represented by the Taiji symbol which shows the dynamic harmony of Yin and Yang. For the health and well-being of the individual, the role of Yin is filled by the physical body and the role of Yang is filled by the human spirit. The role of dynamic harmony then is fulfilled in the life of the individual and their mental and emotional health.
Most of those who seriously study and practice Qigong for any length of time do so primarily to improve their physical health and well-being. With few exceptions, these same people report unexpected benefits, to wit: a noticeable increase in mental acuity and a distinct improvement in emotional stability. No matter what shape you’re in… Qigong can make it better.
Richard Todd is a certified Qigong instructor. For more information call 321-631-6791 or visit www.rwtodd.net.