I have a question. I started having panic attacks as my back started getting worse due to some injuries and also after my Dad died. I have the panic attacks under control now. My question is, I am wondering if anyone has come across any teaching of the Buddha talking about Qi/Chi flow and how it relates to the state of the mind and awareness and whether the Buddha thought it necessary to stretch/exercise to put the body in a state that is conducive to comfort and energy flow.
I remember reading a Sutta while I was at a Goenka retreat in a book about Ananda I believe that said the Buddha was teaching and he asked Ananda to continue teaching because he needed to stretch himself, but haven’t come across much else relating to the state of the body.
I just rolled my hips with a lacrosse ball and I can feel my energy flowing so so much better. Peace is right here instead of needing to work so hard for it.
When I started meditating about 10 years or so ago, I was able to reach deep states of meditation easily, but as time went on, my body has become more and more stiff and it has become more challenging to stretch it as it seems to get tighter when I stretch sometimes.
I also notice that when I get to some deeper states now through longer sits and the relaxation response kicks in as I get closer to or into a Jhana, or even just into a more tranquil state, that it’s like the tension just melts away from my body and I can sit for longer, which seems counter-intuitive since it is hard for me to sit when the body is tight to begin with.
I did a Metta retreat at home in the spring and I ended up being able to sit for 2 hours quite easily as the mind softened and gained more concentration.
Any thoughts or references?