Paul Cavel is the founder of Tao Arts London, editor of the monthly Tao journal, Inner Quest, life coach and senior Tao meditation arts teacher. Since 1987, Paul has studied nei gong science, the I Ching and Lao Tzu’s Water tradition of Taoism in-depth, including qi gong, tai chi, bagua zhang, Taoist breathing, Taoist yoga, qi gong tui na energy healing and meditation.
This festive season, it’s a good time to give pause and remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Of course, it’s even better if we can become co-creators in making the changes we would like to see in the world.
Some organisations make that easier for those of us with busy lives who aren’t sure where best to focus our efforts. Four Corners Foundation is one such orgnaisation. Founded in 1976 to help preserve the unbroken transmission of the Vajrayana tradition, the people involved work tirelessly to help Tibetan people in need.
Easy Energy Exercises Can Reduce Stress + Tension in the Eyes
I don’t have to tell you that during the day, stress and tension have a way of building up. In our extremely visual world—with books, television, signs, mobile phones, computers and all kinds of gadgetry—a lot of that tension gets stuck in our eyes and nervous system. I’ve got a few exercises that will help you recognise when your eyes are becoming overloaded and what to do about it.
Easy Energy Exercises for the Eyes
In most activites, e.g. seated at a desk in front of a computer, you turn, bend, stretch and/or move around your space in one way or another. As you do, your eyes involuntarily focus on objects in your field of vision. They remain fixed there until they jump to the next object.
In my 2011 Five Element Qi Gong retreat in Crete, I discussed ways to restore balance in and revitalise the body. One method for fretting out imbalances and getting real about your practice is training with a partner, which accomplishes three important goals:
The question of how long to train Tao meditation and energy arts is one of the most frequestly asked questions.
I advise all students, but especially beginners to qi gong, tai chi, bagua or meditation, to mind their two-thirds of effort in mind-body-qi, and save 45-minute to hour-long practices for many months (or even years) down the line, once they have a solid foundation in nei gong. Otherwise, you may injure yourself or build up too much internal resistance and stop practising.
Paul Offers Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Classes for Beginners
First and foremost, you are welcome to attend just about any public course I offer–unless prerequisites are expressly stated, which is rarely the case. All of my weekend seminars in London and Stuttgart, as well as my retreats in Spain, include a parallel curriculum for new and beginning students. So we’re ready when you’re ready!
Attending a Class
Although it may sound counterintuitive, beginners learn almost exactly the same material as experienced practitioners because energy arts training is more about what is being emphasised and at what depth than the exercise per se (e.g., a
qi gong set, tai chi style, bagua palm change or breathing technique). So most courses start out with everyone together in one group—whether you are learning or reviewing the theory and fundamental practices that underlie the more in-depth material to come.
The primary difference is that whereas beginners learn body mechanics that develop qi, experienced practitioners learn energetic techniques that develop the body. It’s two different angles on the same game.