As we all should know the practice of any taiji qigong exercise should be performed as slowly as possible, especially for the maintenance of health and wellbeing. It can take a lot of time and practice for any individual to gradually begin to slow down their taiji qigong exercises to the point that each particular exercise becomes more drawn out , with the duration of the exercise lasting several minutes rather than a few seconds. Obviously for any individual to reach this level of taiji qigong practice means that a few other skills need to be developed, such as their ability to lengthen their breathing using long, slow, deep, smooth and silent breathing inwards and outwards through the nose. Secondly their ability to lengthen their concentration and not let their mind become distracted with other thoughts entering their. Mind.
It is the individuals skilful control of their breathing that dictates the speed of their taiji qigong actions, as the breathing and movements should be in time with each other. So learning to breath deeply into their lower Dantian (Elixir Field) located behind the navel takes a long time to perfect as many individuals breath shallow into the top half of their lungs. Learning to develop a still and quiet mind is properly the hardest thing that any taiji qigong student as to learn, as many individuals never learn to achieve this state of mind and they either give up on their taiji qigong exercise or they simply race through their exercises with no mind & body connection.
Lao Zi in his Daodejing says can you remain Still, while the Mud settles. Meaning can you allow your mind to remain calm, clear and still and not allow your thoughts to Muddy the mind. To some this might be an easy task when they are simply practicing just one particular taiji qigong exercise. But it becomes more difficult to achieve when you are practicing a longer sequence of exercises that are all connected together as some individuals have a tendency to speed up which is an obvious sign that their concentration as been disrupted and they are no longer in control.
Many individuals practice the taiji qigong exercises for many reason, but sadly not many aim to deepen their practice by “Seeking the Stillness within the Movement” many are simply happy to just practice their exercises to just try and relax and not concerned at all about cultivating the Qi towards entering into the meditative state by quieting the mind to achieve serenity (Jingping).