Standing Meditation Qigong: What do you Stand For?

The Buddha said that there are 4 Paths to Enlightenment: Lying down, Sitting, Standing, and Moving. Sitting Meditation, and Lying (Yoga) are perhaps the most popular meditation forms. Each “Postural Initiation Pathway” has its own unique, equally valuable treasures (Mayer 2004, 2009, 2012).

The following video is an excerpt from the 19 video series, Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose, which focuses on the Standing Meditation practiced in Qigong. This form of meditation helps: to heal the body’s misalignments, work through energy blockages, optimize energy flow, constellate your observing self to counter sympathetic nervous system reactivity, etc. You’ll learn how it can be integrated with cross-cultural wisdom traditions.

To see more about Standing Meditation Qigong please see FREE Episode 1. It includes more about the Four Dimensions of Purpose of Standing Meditation: the spiritual & healing purposes of the tradition, self defense applications of Yi Chuan Standing Meditation Qigong, etc. In the free Episode 1of the 19 Video series you’ll be introduced to “The Circle that Arises from Stillness” to prevent stagnation of chi while Standing — which I learned from Master Ha’s sifu, Master Han Xingyuan. As well, in this free Episode 1 you’ll be introduced to the Four Dimensions approach to other Tai Chi movements such as Taoist Immortal Paints a Heavenly Rainbow, Grasping the Bird’s Tail, etc.

For a deeper understanding of the connection of Standing Meditation with cross-cultural wisdom traditions, Click here to read the article: Standing Meditation Qigong: What do you Stand for? (NQA Journal, (Vol. 1, Issue 1,1994). or see the book, Secrets to Living Younger Longer: The Self-healing Path of Qigong, Standing Meditation and Tai Chi.  

Click here to purchase one or more of the 19 Episodes of Bodymind Healing Tai Chi, which integrates ancient wisdom traditions with Tai Chi, Qigong, & modern psychology.

Adapting to COVID times, I hope you’ll consider joining our ongoing online Zoomed Saturday Bodymind Healing Tai Chi Class at 10-11 am, to get a more extensive transmission of the Standing Meditation tradition. Beginners welcome.

Blessings on the Path,

Dr. Michael

Add to the community dialogue. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW on what you’ve learned or want to share about practicing Standing Meditation. How does it differ from other forms of meditation you’ve practiced?


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    Thanks for your comment. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about the rest of the site when you have a chance to come back. Please feel free to ask questions…

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