The Heart of Summer

When our yellow peaches are ripe, I know we are in the heart of summer. For several weeks we have been giving away baskets full of peaches after classes and freezing some for winter smoothies. “Peach Season” alerts me to pay attention to the summer energies. It is a time of expansion, creativity, activity and…

Qigong Research, YouTube Videos & More

There are an increasing number of studies on qigong by Western researchers. It wasn’t long ago that the majority of available qigong research was from China. Because Chinese researchers in the past often conducted their research using different protocols than their Western counterparts, their results were not often given credence. So it is reinforcing to…

Qigong and Food

Recently, during a casual conversation with several students about food that ranged from Paleo to GMO, an idea came up to make a webpage where we could share recipes from past retreats and other food information. I liked the idea, but as I thought more about how to present the information and what information to…

Springtime and Happiness

Within the Chinese Five Element Theory, Spring is associated with the wood element. Spring heralds the beginning of life and naturally brings a renewed vitality, strength, flexibility and expansiveness. One virtue associated with Spring is altruism, which often leads to happiness. A few months back, during a discussion about qigong and happiness in class, a…

Wu Wei Revisited

In our December newsletter I mentioned one of Taoism’s most important and famous concepts, that of wu wei (pronounced “woo-way”). Since the practice of qigong is strongly influenced by the teachings of Lao Tzu in the Taoist classic the Tao te Ching it is important to explore the concept of wu wei to help us…

Unfolding

Ah, 2013 at last!  As I reflected on my qigong journey (teaching and personal) of the last year and those of you I have spent time with along the way I felt deeply satisfied at how we are all unfolding. Being here on the Big Island the image of a fern frond spiral emerging from…

Embracing Change or Wu Wei?

With so much news about 12/21/2012 I’ve been somewhat bemused by the possibility of a big change or shift coming, as if changes were not occurring most of the time.  We all know the saying that goes “the only constant in the universe is change”. I notice we easily, for the most part, navigate daily changes…

The Qigong State

The qigong state is our natural way of being when we are aligned with the laws of nature. It can be described as a focused awareness of existing in the present moment. Spiritual teacher Eckart Tolle describes the process of achieving the qigong state as “The transformation from time to presence and from thought to…

Interview with Dr. Pang Ming

I invite you to read this is a very informative interview with Dr. Pang from 1994 as it addresses many of the most important aspects of Zhineng Qigong. Even if you have read it before it is well worth another read. NATURE AS LAST RESORT: QIGONG AND ITS USE TO COMBAT FATAL ILLNESSES An Interview with…

Unifying Change

It is time to unify our geographically distinct qigong groups by sending our newsletter to all qigong friends (mainland, Hawaii and more) on a monthly basis so we can stay better connected and provide more support. This is prompted by (joyfully) noticing that we are seeing friends from many parts of the US coming together in…