So when I heard of this study by BJ Fogg at Stanford that focuses on helping us develop itsy bitsy tiny habits and slip them into our automatic behaviors, it struck a chord with me. The key was to add a Qigong movement to something done every day, like
- “after I pee, I will rotate my head in a circle so I keep the Qi from getting blocked at my neck” (this is a Qigong exercise to help prevent headaches & neck problems)
- "after I pee I will take a deep, slow breath and give my attention to my breath"
- “after I brush my teeth I will close my mouth and click my teeth (this is a teeth clicking Qigong exercise which stimulates the Qi meridians located in the base of the teeth)
- “after I put on my socks I will stand on my toes and then drop on my heals to stimulate the long bones of my body to help prevent osteoporosis"
- "before I comb my hair, I will take the tips of my fingers and tap them on my scalp to stimulate the Qi flow in my head"
- "as soon as I walk in the door of my home, I will take one finger from my left hand and put it between two bent fingers on my right had, and then pull my finger so it slides through my bent fingers (This is to stimulate the acupuncture point and energy on that finger)
So, if you don't yet have Qigong be a part of your daily habit, try doing ONE Qigong exercise or activity, and slip into something that is already a part of your daily routine (like peeing, or getting dressed, or combing your hair, etc.). This is just one way you get Qigong into your daily life and change into new and better behaviors.
Here is a fabulous TED Video featuring BJ Fogg talking about changing behaviors with very tiny suggestions.