July 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm #23217
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a qigong exercise that can be done in very confined public spaces – specifically an arliner. I do not like air travel and will be taking a 6-7 hour flight end of Sept and am, looking for something to smooth it out.
ThanksJuly 30, 2007 at 3:07 pm #23218
Any number of meditations can be done that require no movement;
for instance you could do the Inner Smile meditation or the
Microcosmic Orbit meditation. If you are not familiar
with these, they are on the contents of Qigong Fundamentals 1-2.
If you wanted a guided meditation, you could get the “Way of
the Inner Smile CD” which is a great guided Inner Smile
meditation and put on some headphones with a portable CD player.
You could practice any number of breathing techniques (i.e.
Qigong Fundamentals 3), most of which you can do without
The Six Healing Sounds (Qigong Fundamentals 1) can be done
subvocally (so as not to disturb others), and you could do
them without movement.
If you felt that you wanted a little movement, you could
do the seated practice of the Six Healing Sounds, whereby
mostly small arm movements are used. You could do the
Ocean Breathing from Qigong Fundamentals 1 while sitting
down or laying back by focusing on your breath and your
attention inside and just move your arms in and out slightly
from your sides in coordination with your breath.
This latter form of Ocean Breathing is a good one for when
a person is sick and can’t get out of bed, so I’d imagine
it would be beneficial for someone who gets air sickness–if
you have a problem with that. The Kidney Healing Sound is
good for dizziness (of the Six Healing Sounds) and fear; the
Spleen Healing Sound is good for nausea and anxiety. So if
you air travel related issues to any of those, you might
want to emphasize those more.
StevenJuly 30, 2007 at 3:08 pm #23220
I have found it fun and profitable to practice grounding into the earth while flying. There is no movement involved, so it is technically not chi gung, but it has worked for me. All of this is mental, so how you sit your mind in your body determines things. If you have a problem staying grounded and get lightheaded or scared there are herbs and foods, like miso ad chamomile, which are particularly helpful.
Also, you can practice tai chi walking up and down the aisles.
AlexanderJuly 30, 2007 at 3:17 pm #23222
Also, to add onto Alexander’s good advice . . .
In the herbal category, if you get motion
sickness take 2 ginger capsules about
an hour before takeoff.
I personally get motion sickness, so when
I’ve traveled on a plane, I take ginger
and my air sickness is greatly reduced
SteveJuly 30, 2007 at 3:30 pm #23224
Good one, Steve.
Ginger is probably the best herb for grounding in this part of the solar system.
I’ve heard that the Jamaicans regularly give ginger tea to tourists who have smoked to much.
AJuly 30, 2007 at 5:09 pm #23226
my favourit game in any moving vehicle:
just close your eyes for a moment and focus
it is not you ( the car , the plane, the train…) that is moving
you are not going anywhwere, you stand still in time
it’s the earth that is moving underneath you that makes the landscape pass by
open your eyes and see if you can keep that idea
if it works, you feel better straight away.
Have fun!July 30, 2007 at 6:48 pm #23228
I agree with Steven, doing the Microcosmic Orbit and the Inner smile are great ways to practice Chi Kung while on an airplane. That’s exactly what I did when I flew back to Tampa from Charlotte after Fundamentals 1-4. Doing Internal Breathing is also a great way to build up energy while you’re just sitting there.
enjoy your flight(s)
Bob MayberryJuly 31, 2007 at 7:05 am #23230
I will add to everyone elses: a great audio series lecture would be good also; I have meditated, alot on planes..try being placed next to the window would be ideal since you wont have that pain in the a$# constantly getting up and tripping over you. when your on inside end seat everyone seems to ignore you, which I find ideal for this goal.
happy flying in the heaven qi..SLJuly 31, 2007 at 1:14 pm #23232
My trick when lifting off, is to listen to the sound of the engines and take that into my dantian. It is very empowering, and instead of fear, I feel very strong and centered.
I suffered from intense plane fear after a turbulent flight once. So I looked for ways to deal with it, sucking the engines became my tool when taking off.
During flight I use the center of the earth to focus on, like Alexander suggests.
And when in turbulence I imagine I am sitting in a train, making very similar movements. I sit in the train very close to earth. No worries.
Nice flight 🙂July 31, 2007 at 3:22 pm #23234
Good idea! I always find the roar of the engines somewhat scary, but vibrating the roar in the LTT should make it a very different experience.
Also, I always found the connecting to the center of the Earth while flying, like trying to catch a greased pig while hopping. But, “imagining” myself in the Earth (much like someone elses suggestion to feel the Earth moving under you, not you over the Earth) is really resonating with the Earth in a way that gets around our tendency to limit the Earth to its physical form. Anyway, a couple of more ways to play with the Earth while flying.July 31, 2007 at 5:15 pm #23236
And something I got from M. Chia, always eat a nice warm meal before take off. Gives you more earth…
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