Recently Bruce sent out emails about an online meditation practice. In it he stressed that in order to reap the benefits of the course a minimum of 20 minutes practice a day would be a good time to aim for. Although I'm attracted to the idea of meditating for many reasons I know from previous experience that interest alone is not enough to make the most of the course.
Currently I practice about 20-25 minutes a day of a combination of Gods Playing in The Clouds and or Tai-chi. I can immediately feel the energetic benefits of this practice and doing both Qigong and Tai-chi appears to have beneficial and synergistic effects. In other words they build on each other regardless of which order one practices them in. Its an excellent way to prepare for the day and greatly influences the way in which I can deal with people during a busy day. But by the end of the day, dealing with people's problems in a retail environment has worn me to a frazzle again,.
During these practices my mind is in a kind of free float. Often issues will come up with no premeditation to do with every day situations in which I have some kind of emotional investment. More often than not something I have been unconciously puzzling over will suddenly and effortlessly be shown in a new light that allows better understanding of a given situation. However its also very easy to become sidetracked by these thoughts and lose track of the particular form. It then takes a concious effort to calm the mind and continue the form.
My question is whether the meditation course Bruce is offering can be added to this daily practice or whether it is something that might eventually replace it. I guess in general I want to find out more about it on an rational level before commiting to immersion into the practice.
A must read for those who are new to qigong, those who are already practitioners, and anyone interested in complementary medicine or self-help.