One legacy left from the week long Qi Gong practice with Xue is that my body has adjusted to the early morning schedule and I've been able to practice on my own at 7am every day. Compared to my previous routine - getting up before noon and going to bed in the early morning, I feel I've already made progress on my health.
Xue stopped teaching when he finished four of the six meditations. What are the rest two like? Where are the pressure points located? Which organs are benefiting from them? With these questions, I searched online about Qi Gong with a few key words that I had already learned.
The origin of the six-word Qi Gong was created by Taoist Lao Zi according to the website at the bottom of this article, and a Qi Gong poem based on the six words was written by Dr. Sun Simiao from the Tang Dynasty.
The first half of the poem is as below:
(Chun Xu Ming Mu Xia He Xin, Qiu Si Dong Chui Fei Shen Ning.)
(Si Ji Chang Hu Pi Hua Shi, San Jiao Xi Chu Re Nan Ting.)
The underlined six words are the meditating sounds one makes when his or her body does the six different routines. They are Xu, He, Si, Chui, Hu, and Xi.
The translation of the poem is as below:
Xu is for brightening one's eyes in spring.
He is for nourishing one's heart in summer.
Si is for moisturizing one's lungs in autumn.
Chui for calming the kidneys in winter.
Hu is for the spleen to disgest food in all four seasons.
Xi is for the triple warmer to reduce one's body heat.
(Triple Warmer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jiao)A 16 mins practice video on how one's body should move for each sound is available at: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTgyMTMxNzIw.html
The audio instruction is in Chinese, but the moves are easy to understand just by watching the model.
One thing I've realized after the Internet search on Qi Gong is that each series of Qi Gong practice is not fixed to only one style of movements. Take the six-word poem Qi Gong, Three different styles of routines are available online, but they all meditate on the same sounds and each sound benefits the same organ.
What makes Qi Gong special is that it requires thoughts in practice. The above content only covers the sound and the routine. My next step is to remember the paths of Qi flow I should concentrate on for each routine. It is more complicated than what Xue had taught me, which was simply to focus on one pressure point when meditating. I will explain it next time. For now, I need to be familiar with the routine.
For future reference, here is a complete instruction on the six-word Qi Gong poem in Chinese. http://www.360doc.com/content/11/0602/21/7051986_121282164.shtml