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Quotations about Qigong
and T'ai Chi Ch'uan
[S]he had been... doing the exercises she had promised Grandma to do, so she wouldn't get the lung fever like her mammy did... rising on her toes, lifting her hands till they met overhead, pointing to the pale-blue sky, then bringing them down slowly, letting out the long breath. Ten times, breathing deep of the morning air, filling herself with refreshment while the first sun shone on the far green willows and spread itself on the water... ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, Tammy Out of Time, 1958
Qigong is more than a set of exercises, it is an attitude that works to restructure one's perspective on life, leading to balance and harmony with the world around us. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
Qigong is the art and science of refining and cultivating internal energy. ~Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, 1997, qigonghealing.com
Although the details of Chinese medical philosophy can be complex and puzzling, fundamentally, the how's and why's of Chi Kung therapy, as well as of other branches of Chinese medicine, can be reduced to two simple principles: the cleansing of meridians to achieve harmonious energy flow, and the restoration of yin-yang balance. ~Wong Kiew Kit, "The Way to a Long and Healthy Life," The Art of Chi Kung: Making the Most of Your Vital Energy, 2014, shaolin.org
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that... works on our vital energy... a way of guiding our own healing and bringing our body back into harmony with nature. ~Michael Tse, Qigong for Healing and Relaxation, 2004, tseqigongcentre.com
Married to a soul and a mind, the body provides us with carnal pleasures and serves to reflect our overall spiritual and mental condition like a polished mirror... To the extent that we can discover our own, unique balance, we are whole... and once whole, we can truly dance like the free spirits we are. Qigong (Chi Kung) calls us to the dance floor of life. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
It has long been my dream that one day Americans of all ages, creeds and colors will be practicing taijiquan in the parks of this nation as they do in China. Few places in the world have such beautiful open spaces which can and should be used productively at no expense. The result would be tremendous improvement in mental and physical well-being. ~Jou Tsung Hwa, taichipark-masterjoutsunghwa.org
Qigong is a way of being.
Being soft, yet strong.
Qigong is a way of breathing.
Breathing deeply, yet calmly.
Qigong is a way of standing.
Alert, yet relaxed.
~Nigel Mills, Qigong for Multiple Sclerosis: Finding Your Feet Again, 2010
Your family will appreciate that the more qi-full you are, the more cheerful you are. ~Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, 1997, qigonghealing.com
Master Duan dances Qigong. He moves as if entranced in a tango with the Universe. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
Chi is the general life force of a human being. Chi is that which differentiates the living from the dead... the sum of many energetic frequencies that run through the body... Chi can be increased in a human being by doing qigong — exercises that work with your chi — or other internal energy practices, such as tai chi. Strong chi can make a person feel totally alive, alert and present. ~Bruce Frantzis, Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong: Health and Energy in Seven Simple Movements, 2010, energyarts.com
Taiji does not mean Oriental wisdom or something exotic. It is the wisdom of your own senses, your own body and mind together as one process. Many people think taiji just means that phrase of movement called the taiji chuan. ~Chungliang Al Huang, Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji, livingtao.org
Qigong is a strategy for freedom from our cage of isolation. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
As the practitioner incorporates the quality of Tai Chi movement into his life, he finds that he stops banging into things. The result of not falling into each step provides the opportunity to instantaneously ease back from unexpected barriers. Tai Chi movement comes from being balanced and rooted... ~Wolfe Lowenthal, There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing and His Tai Chi Chuan, 1991, longrivertaichi.org
You possess the ability to tap a bottomless well of physical and psychic energy... With it, you can harness the magickal power of the universe. Yet most of us unknowingly block the flow of this power, and live out our lives not reaching the potential that we could achieve if we only knew how. ~L. V. Carnie, Chi Gung, 1997
Stillness and action are relative, not absolute, principles. It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but in everyday life. In movement, seek stillness and rest. In rest, be mindful and attentive. ~Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, 1997, qigonghealing.com
Qi is that intangible energy that animates the human body and all things in this Universe. Richard Lee, founder of the China Healthways Institute, refers to it as "bioelectric-vitality," while others call it "life force." Western languages don't even have a word to translate the Chinese "Qi" character. This points to a vast difference in the way people of these two cultures view the world. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
Just as fish swim in water, we swim in an ocean of Qi. ~William Ting, Answers to Common Tai Chi and Qigong Questions, 2011, silvertigertaichi.com
Tai Chi and Qigong spring from a rich oral tradition in China. Passed down from teacher to student through consistent exercise and one on one tutoring, these disciplines have their roots in Chinese philosophies and practices that are millenniums old. ~William Ting, Answers to Common Tai Chi and Qigong Questions, 2011, silvertigertaichi.com
Chinese medical philosophy has always emphasized the superiority of maintaining good health over curing illness. Chi Kung is preventive medicine par excellence. ~Wong Kiew Kit, "The Way to a Long and Healthy Life," The Art of Chi Kung: Making the Most of Your Vital Energy, 2014, shaolin.org
Of all the exercises, I should say that T'ai Chi is the best. It can ward off disease, banish worry and tension, bring improved physical health and prolong life. It is a good hobby for your whole life, the older you are, the better. It is suitable for everyone — the weak, the sick, the aged, children, the disabled and blind. It is also an economical exercise. As long as one has three square feet of space, one can take a trip to paradise and stay there to enjoy life for thirty minutes without spending a single cent. ~T.T. Liang (Liang Tung-Tsai, 1900–2002), T'ai Chi Ch'uan for Health and Self-Defense, 1974
A way of moving
A way of opening
A way of closing
A way of grounding
A way of giving
A way of receiving
A way of awakening
A way of healing.
~Nigel Mills, Qigong for Multiple Sclerosis: Finding Your Feet Again, 2010
Written and oral teaching can only seek to trigger and stimulate you, the true wu xing must come from within — as the truth derives from Nature and is constantly accessible to you. Through cultivating your inner Qi, you become strong, not as an "individual" against the world but as an integral part of the world... ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice... has value in treating or preventing many health problems. ~Harvard Women's Health Watch, May 2009, health.harvard.edu
To be inflexible to the change around you is to live in fear. Qigong is a useful tool to improve your flexibility, both mental and physical. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
Qigong is a jewel that has many facets. ~Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, 1997, qigonghealing.com
Qigong is an umbrella term for any exercise of the Qi or breath. However, saying I practise Qigong is like saying I play a ball game — which ball game? Tennis? Soccer? Pool? Golf? Each of those ball games, and dozens of others, has its own rules and regulations that distinguish it from the rest. Each type of Qigong has its own rules and regulations too.
In China if anyone says they practise Qigong they also qualify the statement with the name of the style or type of Qigong that they are doing. Daoyin is the oldest and largest subdivision of Qigong... Daoyin Yangsheng uses physical exercise therapeutically. Physical therapy in the West is concerned mainly with physical problems while in the Orient physical therapy goes beyond this to encompass all types of illness in both preventative and curative models. ~Gordon Faulkner, Managing Stress with Qigong, 2011, quanshu.co.uk [a little altered —tg]
This is the essence of Qigong: a total absorption of the senses and spirit. With this absorption comes a rebalancing. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
Our body has the miraculous capacity to mend itself and Qigong reawakens the natural healer within each of us. ~Deborah Davis, Women's Qigong for Health & Longevity: A Practical Guide for Women Forty and Older, 2008, deborahdavis.com
Qigong is a Chinese system of holistic health practice, with roots dating back five thousand years. "Energy cultivation" is an excellent translation for Qigong, because it conveys the idea that, just as an agricultural field is cultivated with careful tending over time to produce food, your own field of life energy is cultivated so that your body and mind are nourished. ~Katherine Allen, The Qigong Bible, 2017
The tone of musical instruments and our own voice facilitate deepening the resonance of our body-mind with the universal rhythms and wholeness of spirit. Yogic practices of rhythmic breath and devotion, chanting and singing, or other forms of gentle movement such as T'ai chi, promote integration... As we align more closely with our own rhythm, serendipity is a frequent visitor as we resonate more closely with the rhythms of the universe. ~JoEllen Goertz Koerner, "Quantum Healing," Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing, 2011
While Qigong is approaching modern science, the latter is also approaching the former. ~Tianjun Liu, The Key to the Qigong Meditation State: Rujing and Still Qigong, 2017, singingdragon.com
The entire philosophy of qigong is breath as the elixir while the breath disperses throughout the body. ~Ellae Elinwood, Qigong Basics, 2004
Qigong is one of the four pillars of traditional Chinese medicine, along with Acupuncture, Massage, and Herbal Medicines... Qigong is one of the most powerful self-healing traditions developed in human history... ~Donald & Cheryl Lynne Rubbo, Primordial Qigong, 2011
The beauty of being human is that our uniqueness will carve for us personal conclusions as to what Qigong is. ~Francesco Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance, 1999, communityawake.com
published 2011 Jan 13
revised Sept 2021
last saved 2023 Aug 18