As I reflect on the past year I realize that I am seeing things differently, my perceptions of nature, qigong and myself have expanded. I was influenced by two new avenues that I explored in 2015 – EcoArt Therapy and Nancy Brady’s Embodiment Process. The impetus for these explorations was to gain more insight and support, and to provide the same to my fellow qigong practitioners.
While participating in the EcoArt Therapy Program at Sky Mountain Institute during the spring and summer I found it compliments our qigong studies beautifully:
“EcoArt therapy opens a holistic way of experiencing and thinking within our kinship as part of the web of life. It helps us immerse ourselves in the ‘language’ of nature in which we are all (throughout history and cultures) intrinsically connected”. – Sky Mountain Institute
What right do I have to be in the woods, if the woods are not in me. – John Cage
As I learned more about Nancy Brady’s Embodiment Process work (see August 2015 Newsletter) I felt it could be interwoven with qigong theory and practice to more easily access understanding of our wholeness. I realized many of us could benefit from new ways to experience greater kindness and understanding of humanity and ourselves. Also, I had the idea that hearing the same information as qigong presented differently would inspire perceptions with more depth.
So, in December, Nancy and I co-facilitated a workshop. The embodiment work and qigong are compatible pathways for enrichment and building greater wellness. Both are founded on the principles of presence and kindness. Together, they offer a dynamic way to embrace all the waves of life. Nancy’s gentle guidance was genuinely nourishing for me and for those who attended our workshop.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Wayne Dyer
I am enthusiastic about the new avenues explored last year and am eager to create ways to incorporate the information into our qigong classes, workshops and retreats. Their influence will support us all in strengthening our connection to the Tao in 2016.
Other reflections of 2015 included gratitude for being a part of a vibrant qigong community; it is a great way to support our wellness. There is a sense of greater ease and freedom in our workshops and retreats. In fact, our Qigong in Paradise retreat in November became the most relaxed and expansive retreat we’ve experienced. In addition, life truly seems easier and more joyful for many of you who come to the studio. I am happy for you!
Lastly, I am eager to let you know that I have invited my teacher, Jane Jin to come to the studio later this year for a weekend workshop. She can help us gain more understanding of Dr. Pang and Master Liu’s teachings. It has been a few years since I’ve seen her and I am excited about her coming to our studio, especially for those of you who have not met her.
2016 is already unfolding to be a year full of qigong fun and enrichment. Please accept my wholehearted support of you and your qigong adventure.
Thank you for your presence, wishing you abundant qi,