One of the things I've been doing this week is playing with Qigong, which way over simply put, is exercising the accumulation of energy. I don't have any formal training in it as a practice. My first exposure was years ago when I was taking classes in feng shui for fun - my teacher started each session with qigung exercises. That ended up being my favorite part of the classes! I do not have formal training in it, only untraditional and informal classes here and there, which were fun - like chi dancing, which was about playing with energy to get in touch with our body's energy in a fun way.The way I've been working with it this week has been as a warm up to my meditation, prior to sitting. I start in a standing position and rub my hands together lightly a little, just to get the blood flowing, and hold them about six inches apart, and begin to notice the blood coursing through my hands. I notice my pulse, and I become aware of a pressure growing between my hands. Just bringing my attention to my hands now has them tingling!
Slowly, I move my hands in a pulsing movement back and forth towards each other - it's a very small movement - maybe a centimeter, and I feel the pressure of energy that's building up between my hands - as if there is a ball between them. I play with how far apart my hands can be moved before that sensation weakens, and I begin to pulse back together - back and forth building the energy. Almost immediately I notice there is an equal amount of pressure on the outside of my hands pushing in on the back of them...
Kind of like looking at these sorts of opticial illusions - focusing on one face, then another - is there only one, or are there two faces?! I switch back and forth, feeling the pressure first on the inside, then the outside of my hands, noticing one as stronger one moment, then the other the next.
I'm really glad I remembered how much I enjoy this small exercise in presence, and have been giving myself the time and space to do it. Are there similar things you know you enjoy, and benefit from greatly when you do them, but still they have some how slipped from your daily life? Might they be worth bringing back and trying out again in a new way?