Shibashi Mind Body Exercises Christian Meditation No. 1
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Shibashi (eighteen) is a mind-body exercise in 18 movements created by Dr. Lin Housheng in 1979. It is a combination of taiji (slow and gentle martial arts form) and qigong. The taichi movements imitate dynamic actions found in nature, such as birds in flight and waves rushing to the seashore. “Qi” is a Chinese concept that refers to life energy that flows through the body in the form of heat, light, and electromagnetic waves. Harnessing this energy (“gong”) is done through practice and mastery to
achieve balance of the “qi” or life energy. Techniques include breathing, exercise and meditation. Cultivating this balance therefore has become necessary to maintain and
boost one’s health. Combined together, it became known as taichi qigong shibashi. This form of exercise helps the practitioner to promote stability of one’s health, mind and spirit. As Dr. Lin
describes in his official website, Qi is synonymous to One Godhead. Shibashi does not only boost physical and mental health, but also one’s emotional stability and spiritual mindfulness. It has therefore become synonymous with holistic healing.
Sister Sonia Punzalan, a Catholic nun of the Order of Cenacle sisters and a senior Zen teacher and retreat master in the Philippines, adopted shibashi as a form of body-mind
exercise meditation by incorporating Christian prayers as inspired by each movement. It precedes group healing sessions conducted by Fr. Efren Borromeo of the Trinitas
Healing Ministry in different churches in the Philippines.
Bro. Luis Cruz executed the shibashi movements in this video while Carlo Marco Cruz of Smoke and Mirrors Production did the videography of Sis. Sonia’s prayers.
View it on YouTube