Recently I held a series of lunchtime Qi Gong sessions: 20 minutes for “vitality and optimum health,” with time left over for lunch.
It sounded like a good idea, yet attendance was sparse. Was it the time? The place? Do people not want vitality and optimum health?
Who knows? What I can answer is this: What was the teacher’s intent, and was she focused on that?
I admit, I was focused on making Qi Gong convenient. And that doesn’t exactly resonate with health and vitality.
It reminds me of the adage: Teach what you want to learn.
And I realize that what I want to learn has everything to do with the current political climate: how to survive and overcome the hate, fear and domination poisoning our most basic human interactions.
Also, what I want to learn can’t really be learned. It can only be practiced. Over and over, until it becomes a more natural way of being.
Central to Chinese philosophy is the idea that yielding overcomes force. The Tao-te Ching says:
I love Qi Gong because it is a calm, relaxing way to practice everything I want to learn. Which brings me to yet another adage:
When the student is ready, the teacher will emerge.
Even if it’s your inner teacher.
I will be starting Qi Gong classes soon to explore learning serenity, focused intention and “see and not see.” Will you join me?
Christin Whittington is a practitioner of energy medicine – helping people restore balance in their bodies, their health and their lives using a combination of Reiki, Reflexology, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Qi Gong and herbal medicine.