It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me, I know. Here's why...and I've got some simple suggestions for you to follow this Autumn.
It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me, I know. Thank you to those who noticed and inquired about my health. I feel warmed with your concern, and grateful that we are building a caring relationship and community.
So what’s up with me? Fortunately, I have been steadily practicing ‘what I preach,’ and am quite well. A circumstance in my personal life changed, and I needed more time to deal with the effects of that. Since we all only have the same number of hours in a day, something had to give if I was to keep my balance. I had to back away from business for a little while.
My Shamanic Qigong and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB) classes have ended for the first part of the year, and just last weekend I completed the last training session of my two-year Yi Ren Qigong training program at the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine. Graduation is September 7th; since I've completed my requirements I’m feeling pretty relieved.
I’ll be taking a much-needed short break, and will come back to work on revamping my website. My focus will be less on food and coaching, more on Qigong. Why? Because a Qigong practice is really what helps people transform from inside out. In time, people feel the effects and naturally begin to choose healthy lifestyle options for themselves. They become connected to their true self and to the Universal Energies. This effects positive changes in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
My classes will start up again in October: 2 levels of TJQMBB, and Foundation 1A of Yi Ren Qigong through the Community Education Dept. of Skagit Valley College. Also in the works are on-line classes through video conferencing for those who live off island. Admittedly, the technology is a hurdle for me, but I’ll get there.
For now, I’d like to share 3 simple tips with you for Autumn
which officially begins on August 7th. These come from one of my teachers, Master Zhongxian Wu, a world-renown master of the classic Chinese practices. He notes that more people will have digestive and skin complaints this coming season. To avoid this, even people who don’t practice Qigong will benefit from these simple tips:
Expect more rainy and/or cloudy days in much of the northern hemisphere this coming season. As I mentioned in my Spring letter, you’ll want to be prepared for the fluctuating temperatures when you go outdoors. Wear layers, bring outerwear.
Drink warm ginger tea every morning. This will help you to maintain balance.
Avoid too many cold foods. We want to keep our stomach/spleen/pancreas warm. This is the area referred to as ‘the middle burner’, as in 'fire' or 'fuel'. If we load our stomach with too much cold and/or raw foods, the stomach ‘fire’ becomes weak and is forced to draw from your other energy sources. This can cause restlessness, agitation, and imbalance in the body, mind, and spirit. Then it becomes a vicious cycle of poor digestion and depletion. Instead, eat them slightly cooked or add warming spices such as ginger, turmeric, cinnamon.
If you are already a Qigong practitioner, try to practice daily. If you don’t know what the heck all this Qigong stuff is about, watch for news of my upcoming classes. I think you’ll be amazed at what it can do for you. Or just contact me, Outreach@MoveIntoMindfulness.com, 360.317.1448. I 'd love to hear from you!