What is qigong?
Qi is the Chinese name for universal life force (energy). The concept of qi underlies Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts. Gong is translated as committed cultivation and the benefits and skills acquired through dedicated practice.
Qigong is the systematic method of cultivating qi through focused inner awareness and intention while practicing specific postures and movements, including techniques in breathing, self-massage, visualization, and meditation.
Our bodies, like all of nature, are in constant change. How we walk, stand, express and think are the soup of our self-creating process.
My posture photos document the structural changes I’ve accomplished over three decades. But like you, I am a work in process.
Could the secrets of longevity be based in simple truths? Can best practices that have endured culture to culture and through time guide us?
A calm and quiet place lies within us,
a place of clarity,
the counterpoise to the crazy information-driven complexity
swirling around us.
From within that center we ...
exhale, and ask…
Following Anna’s death on May 24th, at 100 years of age, the deep grief I feel is blended with gratitude for the life changing gifts I received from my mentor, colleague, and friend over forty-five years. I search for ways to describe her great legacy. Attempting to do so seems a daunting task – capturing nearly eight decades of ground breaking dance, performance arts, choreography, and teaching.
How obvious it seems to me now.
Saving ourselves through right action including diet, exercise, expressing gratitude, and other positive acts, are the very same actions that improve life on our planet.
"A deep awareness of the gifts of the earth and of each other is medicine," writes Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants.
During these challenging times of planetary, political, and cultural disruption, I find inspiration in quotes. This one is from Kamala Harris’ autobiography.
“My daily challenge to myself is to be part of the solution, to be a joyful warrior in the battle for the soul of the country. My challenge to you is to join that effort. Let’s not throw up our hands when it’s time to roll up our sleeves.”