As I've said a few times already -- it's between 'FROM the mind to the body, or FROM the body to the mind'
The former causes some difficulties,initially; but the moment you can do it, it becomes the latter, and so it seems easier as it now becomes a physical and not a purely mental thing.
The former (mind to body)is the buddhist's meditation method, which is more difficult as the mind is working in isolation. The Taoist reversed it (from body to mind) and so it is "easier" when chi practice got applied to MA. That is why the Taoists have lots of physical movements in their chi gung -- to go from the body to the mind.