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“We must be willing to get rid of the life we had planned,

so as to have the life that is waiting.”

– Joseph Campbell

This quote inspired me to revisit and re-evaluate my own beliefs – To ponder about my own life’s journey is simply scary sometimes and we wonder if ever the moment of oneness or bliss will ever be there for us.  I discovered simply by being with my feelings and my deep thoughts, by practicing being comfortable with my discomforts led me to an inner opening, a new breath for life and my potential.  This is my state of being now as I share my own process of living here with you.

Here’s another quote that propelled me into action today, it is a GREAT reminder, by Martha Graham :

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, the expression is unique.  If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  the world will not have it.  It is not your business to determine neither how good it is, nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with others expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Stay tunned to a video introducing QiGong Oasis soon ….  Serving you, in my own way, as an enjoyer of the innate undivided oneness in the world.  Thank you for reading.

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We seek not rest but transformation.

We are dancing through each other as doorways.

– Marge Piercy –

Change Yourself, Change the World

“There are 4 ideas you have to believe if you seek to “be the change you wish to see in the world”:

1. Real change requires patience: It takes time to move others through love (rather than by carrot or stick), but the results are real and lasting.

2. Real change is decentralized/local: The revolution will not be provided by governments or corporations.

3. Real change cannot be traditionally measured: We are a society that believes strongly in measurable cause and effect. However, the world doesn’t work that way — each result is born of millions of conscious and unconscious acts.

4. Real change is never complete: Each person in society is a seeker. As nobody has the answers, it is incumbent on all of us to humbly support each other in being better people.” Birju Pandya shares his ideas for how changing yourself changes the world.

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Kindness

KINDNESS Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

 

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

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Awakening…

by: John McLeod

Awakening, dawn’s chorus
Welcoming,
The day new, untouched
Waiting to be filled….

And will we paint a rainbow
With all its promise
Or dull the canvas
Sadly seen?

Each day brings its own colours
To be chosen, mixed,
Pigments of joy,
Happy moments,
Smiles and laughter….

And which will you choose?
For ‘Life’ is choice,
We are all painters
In our own way,
All needing to create
Something of worth,
Of lasting beauty,
Marking our journey….

Footprints in the sand….

The sky today is azure,
The sun warm and golden
A filigree of light and shadow-play
Through the gently swaying trees.

I clean my brushes,
Choose my palette
Of vibrant, living colours,
And begin to fill
Today’s blank canvas

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The purpose of life is to love.

This is not an abstract experience.

It’s something that is so deeply in us and such a deep need.

How do we unlock that love and become fully human?

We need to begin by realizing how shut down we are and we begin to feel how encaissed our hearts are in concret. When we do that, that first step, we feel a tremendous sence of pain and isolation.  But strangely enough, that pain and isolation begins to melt our heart and the more we are willing to stay with how closed off and shut down and disconnected we feel, over time, meditating on it, being with it, breathing  into our heart, trying to open our heart beyond that prison.  The more we do that, the more the very deep primordial power and force of love within us is unleashed.

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Bring Balance to Your Life with QiGong!


Stop…


Breathe deeply…

Shift your mind downards…

Ground Yourself…


When was the last time you gave yourself permission to relax,

to focus only on yourself,

to truly enjoy your body?

Although there are so many demands on your time and energy, you cannot forget to take care of yourself:

physically,

spiritually,

and emotionally.

Qigong

is the simple

and natural way

to ensure that these needs are met.

Qigong

is the perfect holistic fitness practice for the busy person who has only a few minutes in the car, at lunch, or just before falling asleep at night.

Qigong

addresses the stresses of all stages of life,

helps to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle

and is a great tool to learn to PLAY AGAIN.

ENJOY!

Come and play QiGong with us.

Namaste

Suzie

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by Bill Douglas, content writer for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.

Copyright 2008

According to a twenty-year study by Kaiser Permanente, between seventy and eighty-five percent of illness is caused by stress, meaning that in the U.S. alone stress is costing us about one-trillion dollars per year in healthcare costs. Since most absenteeism is due to stress, US business is losing upwards of $300 billion per year.

On a more personal level, it is disturbing to realize that aging is accelerated by stress, and stress is a growing issue with all of us. Studies show that change is stressful, even “good” change. So as we computer jockeys settle into the saddle of a new age of rapidly changing information, we need an edge that can help us stay healthy, sane, “younger” and more vibrant, even as we are often at the very center of the hurricane of modern change, such as keeping up with new hardware and software.

Ironically an ancient mind/body tool provides the perfect balm for our generation’s modern problems — it is called “Tai Chi” (pronounced tie-chee). T’ai Chi is a gentle series of relaxing motions that cleanse the body’s tissue of accumulated stress and, by doing so, boosts all aspects of our health systems. According to emerging research boosting the immune system’s strength dramatically, while reducing the incidence of depression, anxiety, and even reducing chronic pain conditions, are just a few of Tai Chi’s myriad benefits.

What makes ancient T’ai Chi the perfect modern balm is that it doesn’t require special facilities or clothing, and doesn’t even make you break a sweat, meaning you can do it in office attire in an empty boardroom just by kicking off your heels. Yet, it provides the same euphoria of a long run, the cardiovascular benefit of moderate impact aerobics, and burns nearly as many calories as downhill skiing.

Our time is filled with paradox. A problem in this modern age stems from the great promise of the information age — a tidal wave of data being created by and offered to our “left brain”; that part of our minds that is analytical, calculating, and categorizing the world. Of course, this is a powerful and important part of who we are. This is the part of the mind that gets things done, pays the rent, builds the houses, and makes the cars. Our “right brain,” however, is getting left behind in our rapidly changing techno-world, and this imbalance of thought processes is at the heart of modern stress.

Our right brain is the feeling, smelling, sensing . . . enjoying part of the mind. This is the part of the mind that smells the flowers, not to analyze the smell, but to be filled with its beauty — and this is the part that has been left behind in the digital world. When we go to the cyber mall, for example, our right brain doesn’t get to play. The cyber mall is a wonderful thing that saves us time, money, and gas for our cars (and thereby saves the environment), but there are no Auntie Anne’s Pretzels to smell in cyberspace, or warm sunlight streaming in through the big skylights.

So what do we do? We get the best of both worlds. T’ai Chi is a series of exercises to balance the mind. T’ai Chi teaches us to experience life for sheer pleasure, thereby creating balance in our busy “get things done yesterday” world. If you learn T’ai Chi and practice in the morning before you sit down at your computer, your right brain (the sensing and enjoying brain) will be turned on more. You will feel the texture of your computer keys. You will remember to take the time to get a nice cup of green tea or herbal cinnamon spice tea, and you’ll interrupt your staccato keyboard occasionally to smell the tea’s rich aroma, feel the warmth in your hands, and breathe the breath of life deeply into your lungs.

Although you are at the cutting edge of the information age revolution, you are also in the garden of life. This will give you an edge in the long run. Why? Because chronic stress diminishes our cognitive skills and therefore, our creativity.

Einstein said, “Creativity is more important than knowledge.” Even if we have the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, if we are too stressed out to use the knowledge “creatively,” we are much less effective. Plus, we’re not as much fun!

The bottom line is T’ai Chi is a set of exercises to practice enjoying life. It’s not enough just to say, “I’m going to enjoy life more.” We actually have to practice mind/body tools that can positively affect our brain wave activity, in an integrative way, as T’ai Chi is proven to do.

T’ai Chi is an extremely sophisticated mind/body science that evolved over millennia, and is now being made available to all of us after centuries of being closely guarded secrets in China. Even though the practices are ancient, they are in many ways just as cutting edge as the multi-gigabyte computer.

Don’t just be “cutting edge” with your left-brain. Go all the way and stretch the envelope with your right brain, too, by weaving T’ai Chi into your life. You will be forever glad you did, as you discover balance and calm in the eye of the modern world’s ever accelerating storm of changes rushing at us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bill Douglas is the Tai Chi Expert at DrWeil.com, Founder of World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day (held in 60 nations each year), and has authored and co-authored several books including a #1 best selling Tai Chi book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong. Bill’s been a Tai Chi source for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc. You can learn more about Tai Chi & Qigong, search a worldwide teachers directory, and also contact Bill Douglas at http://www.worldtaichiday.org

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With a moment of reflection and prayer for all those in Japan who have been challenged by the recent
tsunami.

Arigato for sending your love and healing Qi to all those suffering there…

It really reminds us to be grateful for each and every breath we take…

Peace…

Suzie

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So, this is the question. Where do you go when you feel pain?

Well, you know when you are in the ocean, in a heavy surf, if you stay on the surface you will get thrown about against the reefs and the rocks, and you get a lot of water in your nose and mouth and feel like you’re drowning. But if you dive down and hold onto something and let the wave pass over you, you can come up in between and feel just fine.

Water imagery in the breathe allows for a breathe that is slow, deep, long, smooth and expansive within our minds and physical bodies.  It is a true process, with its own rhythm and timing, learning to go with it, to let it sweep us along and letting it all go is a great lesson of the flow of giving and recieving in life.

Taoism is called “The Watercourse Way,” and fittingly a lot of Taoist imagery is water related. Managing the focus on body or emotional pain can be associated with the idea of “Grasping Water” — basically that you can’t. If you try to grasp water, snatch it in your fist, you will find yourself empty-handed. The only way to hold water is to open your hands and allow it to fill that space. You have to be in a state of reception, openness… Pain is a language of the body conversing with your soul.  Listen, breathe, accept and let it flow through, without grasping and recieve its understanding.  Our body wants to heal and become in alignment again with the mind, body and soul.

With love, peace and harmony. Stay in the present, be in the moment with this precious gift called life.

Namaste,

Suzie

* inspired by a book titled: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – creating physical and emotional health and healing by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

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Relax and Breathe!
The door to your heart and to your dreams opens inward. This means that you must learn to relax before you can solve your problems. You may feel that if only you could solve your problems, you could relax. But it doesn’t work that way. In order to take the pressure off, you need to make space in your heart for other possibilities to happen.

Learn to replace your old, restricting thoughts with thoughts of joy, peace and harmony. Here is an exercise to help you let go of your stress.

For the next week, I want you to carry a timer with you. Set it for every half hour. When it rings, take three very deep, slow breaths, and silently say to yourself:
All is well. All is well. All is well.


Begin to bless your health with love. Life has given you enough breath to last as long as you shall live. As you slow down, you will begin to trust life.

Please know that my love and support are with you as you move along your pathway of a healthy and joyous life.

Louise L. Hay

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