Qi Gong for Addiction, Prevention & Recovery

General Understanding

When people are teenagers, their bodies, most importantly their brains, are still developing. With proper support, they can grow in the right direction to create lifelong positive attitudes, internal peace, and the strength to take on life's challenges.

But what really is proper support? We have a counseling system, yet it mainly involves seeking those like parents or teachers for help. [let me know if you would like me to change the wording here] What I would suggest is a system that embraces everybody, proactively supporting all needs. Just as we have math or history classes, why not have a class to balance our emotions, teaching students how to understand and deal with their emotional state and to be able to cope with difficulties in life in a positive way.

The Cup Full of Anger

Imagine a cup of dirty water, with the water representing our anger. We all, in our youth and from our youth onwards, have it. Any time we get angry, a few drops of emotion land in the cup. There are so many occasions to get angry, no wonder after a while that the cup is filled to the brim. Once this happens, incidents that trigger anger are still happening, and the cup begins to overflow, causing us to be angry for no reason. It is then that the cup is easy to tip over and cause anger to flow out uncontrollably, damaging the individual and even their environment.

Facing that possibility of anger accumulating, some people will reach out for support, yet unfortunately some will also reach only for the relief of drugs.

Clearing the Anger Cup

Coming back to our imaginary cup. Seeing it full, constantly letting droplets fall out, and life gets more difficult every day that anger dominates an individual. So, what is there to do?

Qi Gong philosophy offers a few possible ways to approach this age-old problem. In this program, no forceful methods are used. Our Anger Cup, to further the metaphor, will have clear water added to it until it is no longer dirty and overflowing. In practice, this means actively developing positivity instead of just suppressing our negativity. To put it simply: "do not fight with impatience, but instead practice patience to overcome it."

It might seem slow-acting, and indeed spectacular effects will not manifest immediately. Yet, over time, drop by drop the clear water will mix with what was in the cup before. Time is a necessary component to develop the patience necessary to see our results improve.

Slow Down

In Yin Qi Gong, we practice movements which are extremely slow, and are difficult to follow and hold for an extended time. This method improves coordination, muscle strength, and the flexibility of our bodies. It requires concentration, focus, and determination, leaving no room for any outside thought. Rhythmic movement combined with deep breathing stabilize the brain, bringing up a positive and peaceful state of mind which supports energetic balance, bringing out gentleness, kindness, joy, and compassion. All of those are drops of positivity that dissolve the accumulated negativity in a student's Anger Cup. With every class, this training helps them speed up that balancing process.

Coming Out from Addiction

We are in a constant state of maintaining healthy energetic balance. Working with individuals in recovery is a challenge without tools to support good balance. Qi Gong supports and improves the person’s ability to respond positively to the medical techniques practiced in a rehabilitation routine. An active Qi Gong practice can enhance a person’s self-esteem and will power to achieve a successful recovery. The internal energetic balance developed with Qi Gong stabilizes a person’s emotional ups and downs to diminish the chance of a return to drugs for emotional support.

Once a successful recovery process is underway, a person is still subject to internal struggles. A continuous practice of Qi Gong is a tool which provides help when it is needed the most. An individual trained in Qi Gong can reach for it on their own, but participating in continuous Qi Gong classes helps reinforce the techniques and benefits. As life and time challenges our good will and determination to stay well, Qi Gong practice needs to be readily accessible for meeting those challenges.

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