As I moved through the various ranks of the educational establishment I learned to treasure the power of thinking. The ability to think for long periods of time and to reason and contemplate were valuable assets.
Imagine my confusion then when I was first faced with main cause of mental blockages and one of the main hinderances to successful Qigong practice:
Thinking too much!
My first reaction was: ‘How can a person think too much?‘
As my practice developed I discovered the answer to this question.
I noticed that I was an obsessive thinker, like a dog with a bone, or a child with a scab I’d keep chewing and picking at problems and challenges in my life. The usual outcome was that I ended up tying myself in knots and feeling unable to make a decision.
I also noticed that during my Qigong practice I was thinking about everything I was doing, everything I wasn’t doing and a tsunami of subjects that had nothing to do with my practice at all. On reflection it’s a wonder I gained any benefits from my early Qigong practice.
Gradually through regular twice daily practice I was able to turn the volume down on this thinking, thinking, thinking during my practice.
Then I began to notice that my obsessive thinking on projects, problems and challenges was slowing down. And much to my delight I was able to make quicker and better decisions without agonizing over them.
Always remember that thinking too much is harmful to your health and your Qigong practice, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t think at all!