"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tzu
Qigong is energy cultivation and understanding the relationship of how energy moves thru form. Our western minds get stuck, and disconnected from the universal life force, which is simply nature. I love this practice because it follows the natural flow of nature-the seasons.
Each season has elements that help us stay in tune and healthy in our body, mind and soul. Nature is a sophisticated system. We need to immune to the seasonal shifts. For instance we are now in the Fall season until the beginning of winter, which is around December 21st. The weather is starting to get cooler, the leaves begin to fall off the trees, the summer flowers begin to die, and the days are shorter. This falling away can be evident in other areas, such as letting go of what does not serve you, getting rid of stuff you aren't using, ending a relationship, retiring, kids going out on their own. It's all about falling away, and in this falling away is some grief. But we know that trees loose their leaves, but they do come back. So grief is not a negative emotion when we know it will eventually pass. In the grief can come a revelation and help clear the way for something positive. Each season is also identified with an age group. The Fall season relates to the age 58 to 83. These are the harvest years. We reap what we sow, so hopefully your other seasons were fruitful. These years can be difficult if we don't understand what nature teaches us. If we don't fall away certain aspects of our life at this point we just repeat the same mistakes we did in our younger years. This also relates to how we exercise or lack of it. The aging body slows down, so its important to keep it circulating, but with more gentle movements. Anything that is overly aggressive can damage the system. These years of Fall are all about restoration and getting back what we damaged. Qigong is perfect for this age group, especially the protocol I teach. It's about staying strong, grounded and flexible. The movements are healing rather then harmful. It's not how long we live, but how well we live. Qigong is a beautiful road map to not only reconnect to nature but to our deeper selves.