QIGONG BODY SCAN MEDITATION
Begin the Qigong body scan meditation by using the meditation process you are most comfortable with; for example, sit in a chair, close your eyes, and visualize connecting and grounding with the earth.Take in some deep breaths and mentally go into a meditative state. Choose the organ system you want to assess and begin to visualize a process of looking deep within your physical body to check it out. Look at the organ(s), the blood flow, the blood quality, the tissues, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, skin, and nerves, etc. See if things seem to be flowing smoothly. Observe and assess any problems that may need attention, or determine if things are working as designed.
You may want to begin by selecting one Yin organ system at a time. This process allows you to focus on symptoms that present itself though a specific Yin organ system, and as such, you can then develop an approach for you can tweak and improve the energetic flow in that Yin organ system. The chart below has a grouped the five Yin organ systems along with the emotions you should pay attention to and common systems when things are out of balance. Once you have the assessment information on which Yin organ system needs attention, you can then focus your Qigong exercises and meditations on that specific Yin organ.
After I get in a meditative state and assess the overall organ and flow, I then change gears a bit and visualize myself as if I'm walking around inside my body and mentally directing questions to different parts of my body - almost as if they are on my team and I need their feedback on how the operations are running. I may mentally say in my mind, "How are things going?" and ask "are you getting what you need to do your job?", such as "Are you getting enough of the right nutrients?" or "Do you have enough water?" or "Do you need more Qi and is the quality good?". "Do you have enough oxygen?" or "Are you getting enough rest (or sleep), or am I working you too hard?"
I observe, listen, and solicit feedback from this part of my body. I make mental notes of what I discovered or learned so it can help me tweak or change what I need to do. I then thank that organ system for their hard work and bring up a sensation of love and then direct that energy of love & appreciation to the organ system I just assessed. (I want that organ system to FEEL loved & a real appreciation). I then move to the next system and repeat the process.
After I have completed my body scan, I may adjust my Qigong exercises to spend more time on the heart organ, for example. Or if I'm sad or depressed, I may need to add some sound meditations to help me purge those negative emotions.
The Qigong body scan is another tool available to help you be more proactive in maintaining and achieving a sense of health and wellness in your life.