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  • Writer's picturePaul White

Qigong: Emotional Regulation through Movement

Whether you are vegan, an animal rights activist, or simply wishing for a comprehensive way to manage your emotional state, you are invited to play with the ancient Chinese art of Qigong. Of course, it is natural to feel overwhelmed by the constant barrage of domestic and world news, not to mention more local within your family or community. The emotional toll this takes can be significant, and it's essential to have tools to manage our emotions and stay grounded. One such tool is Qigong, a powerful and ancient practice that combines physical movements, breath control, and imagination.

Qigong is often referred to as a moving meditation, as it helps quiet the mind and bring a sense of inner peace and calm. The physical movements, when performed slowly and intentionally, help release pent-up emotions and stress, while the focus on breathing helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for regulating our stress response. The third component is your mind inviting you to places in nature or anywhere in the world eliciting a soothing response throughout body and mind.

In addition to its emotional regulation benefits, Qigong has a number of physical benefits as well. It can improve flexibility, balance, and coordination while boosting energy stores and guarding you against the cycles of stress you experience. It's also a low-impact form of exercise that can be performed by people of all ages and fitness levels.

For vegans and animal rights activists, Qigong can be especially beneficial. The practice of mindfulness and compassion can help to ground and center you, making it easier to deal with the difficult emotions that can arise from the work you do. In addition, the focus on physical movements can help release feelings of anger, frustration, and sadness, leaving you feeling refreshed and re-energized.

So, if you're looking for a highly effective emotional regulation practice, consider giving Qigong a go! Start with a beginner class or an online video tutorial and gradually incorporate the practice into your daily routine. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel in body and mind.

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