Archive for November, 2011

A sparrow falls and reveals my heart

by breaking it.

A look of pain and loss reveals my heart

by wounding it.

A compassionate touch reveals my heart

by healing it.

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Qigong: A Natural Way to Heal by Allison Brooks

Qigong is a natural wellness remedy that traces its roots back to ancient Chinese healing practices. The word Qigong is derived from “qi”, which means the body’s energy flow, and “gong”, which is the term used to describe four different actions that people undertake. These include diet, movement, breathing and meditation. The goal of Qigong is to have all four systems operating in harmony for the purpose of delivering a healthy blood flow to the organs of the body and providing it with natural immunity from illness.

How is Qigong Practiced?

The ultimate goal of Qigong is to increase the flow of energy throughout the entire body. This is accomplished both internally and externally. Internal Qigong is practiced by focusing on meditation, breathing exercises, and physical movement. External Qigong is something that is only practiced by people who are sufficiently skilled enough to heal others through the use of their own “qi”. It is not necessary for the Qigong master to physically touch the person whom he or she is healing; it can be accomplished through the use instructing the student to master their thoughts and movements.

The first time a Qigong student comes to a session, he or she will most likely be asked to remain silent and focus on the “qi” that is flowing through the body. While the mind is intently focused on that, the student will also be instructed to pay special attention to breathing and movement.

What Ways Does Qigong Help People?

The only country that currently uses Qigong as a medical practice is China. In every other nation, those who practice it are considered to be promoting alternative methods of healing. Some benefits that have been reported by Qigong students include increased mental awareness and ability to sharply focus one’s attention, an improved state of physical coordination, reduced pain, a decrease in anxiety and depression, and the ability to bring one’s blood pressure levels to more stable levels.

Due to this increase in the emotional and physical character of a person, many doctors suggest Qigong be used as a complementary or integrative medicine with certain treatments. Since many chronic illnesses and aggressive cancers, like non-hodgkin’s lymphoma or pleural mesothelioma, require harsh conventional treatments, the morale and physical awareness of a patient can be low. Though Qigong has not been proven to cure cancer, it is helpful for patients to use in an effort to combat the physical pain and fatigue that usually accompanies the disease. Many doctors working with patients of a low-survivability rate cancer recommend the adoption of a therapy like Qigong to serve as an outlet from the everyday rigors of cancer treatment.

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According to the William Glasser institute, the best way to learn something is to teach it.

Their research shows that we learn:

10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss
80% of what we experience
95% of what we teach

If this is true, then we may find something we want to learn and start teaching it.
It will benefit us and others too.

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Spiritual birth is realizing
your nothingness,
and somebodyness.

Gateways to Clarity

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“The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.”
~Li Po ♥

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“Don’t ask what the world needs.

Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

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Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions;

reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.

– Simone Weil

One of the profoundest laws of spiritual psychology is: you see what you are, and you are what you see. The observer cannot help conditioning what he or she observes.

Those who cannot love see a world where love has little place. Those who live to enlarge their love, by contrast, see a world of hope: a world of men and women who, despite their failings, are capable of love in the core of goodness in their hearts.

To see life from this lofty vantage, we need detachment, not from others but from ourselves. Source: http://www.easwaran.org

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“Healing is a matter of time,

but sometimes also a matter of opportunity” 

– Hippocrates

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“May be the love and peace I’m looking for in the world

are a quality of my essence,

of my true self…the self that we all share”

Robert Holden

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You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.

What you’ll discover will be wonderful.

What you’ll discover is yourself.

– Alan Alda –

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