I have been working for years with Qigong and Chinese Medicine before creating this new approach to help people combining western and eastern perspectives. The Chinese vision considers the human being as an holistic entity, for which the human being is a physical, energetic and spiritual whole.
Emotions and their energetic influence on our health are considered as real structures, and no matter their intangible nature, Emotions are part of the human dimension that can uplift or depress the spirit, able to move our bowels, change the body temperature, tingling the skin, letting butterflies fly in the stomach, but they are also those that – if underestimated or ignored – can lead to a pathological state and physical and mental deterioration.
In the West, a branch of psychology that concerns the management of emotions, called Emotional Intelligence (EQ), is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the incredible work of geniuses like Daniel Goldman or Paul Ekman in the discovery of connection between facial expressions and unexpressed emotions, and their management.
Recent research from the University of Berkley, California, has compared the concrete results on the quality of life of people with a high intelligence quotient (IQ) with those of people with a high emotional quotient (EQ), showing that the former are able to obtain excellent employment contracts, but often fail to keep them, as they are not sufficiently emotionally malleable towards the group and colleagues; people with high EQ quotient, are instead those who manage to obtain high positions in companies and keep them for a long time, growing professionally over time and constantly improving their positions. They usually say that “they are hired for their skills, but fired for their attitudes”.
This is why it is of paramount importance that empathy and awareness are well developed in order to unleash our great potential to reach our goals, but also to establish positive and long lasting relationships.
When we practice Qigong, Yoga, or Tai Chi using the physical exercises of these practices, we are learning how to integrate the whole system of body, mind and energy. During the practice we are invited to observe the internal and external changes, with the Inward Seeking method. The more we practice, the more we feel and recognize areas of our body that are also related to specific emotions and slowly we learn how to perceive when a determined emotion is about to raise, and work on its management with the aim of learning from that emotion but still keeping our mind clear.