Do you ever get the feeling that there aren't enough hours in the day or days in the week? That's how I've been feeling lately.
There are so many things I want to do. So many things I enjoy doing. And there are some things that I have to do. Every morning I have to check my planner and to-do list.
The number one daily priority in my life is my Qigong practice and my Qigong practice groups. Practicing qigong and facilitating the practice groups fulfills a lot of needs in my life. It keeps me healthy, active, gets me out of the house so I don't become a hermit (I love being home so this has always been a possibility), and the money I earn from the groups supplements my social security check.
Right now I facilitate four weekly and one monthly practice groups. For the months of July and August I will add a five weekly group. I've been asked to facilitate a practice at Buckhorn State Park north of Mauston, WI. This is a dream come true. I've always wanted to have an outdoor practice group and now, thanks to the Friends of Buckhorn, it's happening.
A few months ago I added a qigong breathing routine to my practice. I saw many benefits from doing these movements so I now do them with the practice groups.
Our breath influences our health. Many people breathe 15 - 20 times per minute. The ideal number of breaths, according to many qigong masters, is 6 - 10. When we breathe more rapidly our breathe is more shallow and we are not taking in the full amount of oxygen our bodies need to be healthy. Research has shown that cancer cells cannot live in a fully oxygenated environment. Without the proper amount of oxygen our brains don't function well. We lose our clarity of thought and our memory is affected.
The breathing routine we do includes moving and raising our arms. As we age many of us do not raise our arms up over our head or use our arm muscles as much as we did when we were younger. The muscles get weak, and many develop shoulder issues. These movements, along with taking full breaths, help us physically and mentally and I believe emotionally.
If you would like to receive a written copy of this routine let me know and I'll email it to you. I intend to video this breathing meditation routine in the near future. I'll let you know when it is done.
If you live in the Mauston, WI area please join me for World Tai Chi - Qigong Day on Saturday, April 29th. Here's a link to more information
For Women Only Qigong - Tuesday's in Mauston and the fourth Sunday of the month in Oxford. There's one this Sunday - April 23rd.
Weekly practice groups - click here
The most powerful tool for healing - lies within you