Qigong Living

January 21, 2014
The fount the Spaniard sought in vain Through all the land of flowers Leaps glittering from the sandy plain Our classic grove embowers; Here youth, unchanging, blooms and smiles, Here dwells eternal spring, And warm from Hope's elysian isles The winds their perfume bring.  -Oliver Wendell Holmes

The fount the Spaniard sought in vain
Through all the land of flowers
Leaps glittering from the sandy plain
Our classic grove embowers;
Here youth, unchanging, blooms and smiles,
Here dwells eternal spring,
And warm from Hope’s elysian isles
The winds their perfume bring.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

The more I practice, read, and think about it, the more I understand Qigong is multi-dimensional.

  1. I can attend a class and learn the movements.  When I leave class, I am more flexible, relaxed and, perhaps, a little healthier.
  2. I can lead a class, teaching form sequences and tips for my students to help them improve their forms, thus increasing my own knowledge.
  3. Like an Olympic athlete, I can use mental imaging to imprint Qigong forms in my mind.
  4. I can study Qigong literature to understand philosophies and different styles of Qigong; broadening my overall understanding.
  5. I can expand my work from studio to home, practicing the recommended minimum three times a week, or I can practice every day.
  6. Ultimately, I can incorporate Qigong mindfulness and movements into daily living, eating, breathing, thinking– engaging mind, body,  and soul.

Stressful demands of today’s busy lives make it difficult to maintain optimal health and well-being, let alone devote an entire lifestyle to Qigong.   The way I want to live is to move mindfully through my days, ever-present, using lessons from my Qigong practice to fully experience my short existence on this earth.  Transforming my Qigong from event to mindful lifestyle choice–a sort of Fountain of Youth–presents a juicy opportunity to cultivate health, vitality, mindfulness and deeper connection in my life.

The word Qigong, means energy (or breath) work.  Ancient Chinese practiced Qigong as a way of life they followed every minute of every day. Their practice provided a highly effective system to reduce stress, enhance overall health, and deepen the practitioners’ sense of peace and happiness.  I don’t live on a mountain, in silence, nor do I have the desire  or ability to meditate without stopping.

I can, however, continue to simplify my life by showing up and being in the moment, ever mindful  of incorporating the ancient wisdom of energy work, Qigong.

(Follow along with my Q Tips as I share what I’m learning.  Q Tip #14 Lift Head /Lower Shoulders )

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