Understanding Loneliness: Insights on a “Silent Epidemic” from a Qi Gong Master

Holden QiGong
4 min readJan 17, 2024

More humans are alive today than ever, yet many feel lonely and isolated. Even with smartphones at our fingertips, millions of people lack the connection and community they seek.

Why are people still lonely in such a busy and technologically advanced world? And more importantly, what can you do to overcome loneliness and experience more peace and connection?

In this blog, you’ll discover how Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong can help you understand loneliness on a deeper level. You’ll also learn how to use simple Qi Gong principles to transform feelings of loneliness and isolation into connection and inner peace.

Understanding Loneliness From A TCM And Qi Gong Perspective

In Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong, the feeling of loneliness is often associated with an energy imbalance within your body. A few different imbalances can manifest in the form of loneliness.

One of these imbalances has to do with your Heart Qi and the other with your Lungs. Although these imbalances are similar, the two have a few differences. Heart and Lung imbalances often go hand-in-hand, so you can barely distinguish between them.

Loneliness and the Heart

The sensation of loneliness connected to the Heart element usually manifests as intense sadness. If you feel isolated and lacking connection, and it leads to strong feelings of sadness or depression, that can be a clear sign of an imbalance of Heart energy.

Sometimes, this sadness isn’t related to missing a particular person or thing. Instead, it may be a general, underlying feeling of sadness and loneliness. People with this form of loneliness may feel lost, or like they don’t belong. Of course, this feeling can be very painful and lead to various other challenging emotions.

Loneliness and the Lungs

Just as an imbalance of Heart energy can contribute to loneliness, the same is true for Lung energy. And although this form of loneliness may feel similar, it may have some distinct qualities.

The sensation fo loneliness connected to the Lungs often has a strong quality of missing someone or something. For example, when you’re longing to be with a loved one who has passed away, that’s connected to the Lungs.

As mentioned, these two forms of loneliness are often closely connected and go hand in hand. Obviously, it’s possible to miss someone and feel sad that they’re not there with you.

Although some situations may inevitably cause a feeling of loneliness, there are a few ways to skillfully transform the energy of loneliness to experience greater connection and peace in the present moment.

How Nature And Qi Gong Can Help You Overcome Feelings Of Loneliness And Isolation

The first place people usually look to alleviate loneliness is in other people or animals. After all, meaningful connection with other living beings is an important part of mental and emotional health. However, that’s not the only way to overcome loneliness in many situations.

In Taoism and Qi Gong, the natural world provides a vital source of connection. When you truly feel connected to nature, loneliness or isolation can fade and be replaced with a profound sense of inner peace.

To cultivate this deep and transformative relationship with nature, you need to see past the perception of separation that often disconnects us from the world around us. In the modern world, it’s easy to forget that you’re part of the land, rivers, forests, and oceans. However, when we remember that we’re part of the natural ecosystems, we feel at ease and at home in ourselves.

To deepen your connection to nature and to yourself, spending time immersed in the natural world is important. Walking in a garden or forest is a great way to soak up nature’s healing energy and rebalance your energy system. However, some additional practices can heighten this connection even more.

One of the wonderful things about Qi Gong is that it helps us remember and cultivate our connection with nature and ourselves. When you practice Qi Gong outside, the boundaries between your body and the natural world dissolve, and you become aware of the profound energetic relationship you have with everything around you. You see yourself in the trees, mountains, and streams. Not only does this deepen your connection with your surroundings, but it also strengthens your connection with yourself. Naturally, this process helps transform loneliness into peace and tranquility.

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