By Karen Steinbrecher
“Dear ones, let’s anoint this earth with dance!” From a year with Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.
I write this on a cold February morning with a vision in my mind’s eye of spring. My vision is of green, seeds sprouting, with green shoots emanating from the wood, for this is the time of the Wood element in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We have transitioned to the Wood element. Let us celebrate! Practicing Qigong enables you to let go of the increasing pressures, the fast pace of life, and bring you back, in touch with yourself.
We, you and I, are the Earth, and we are Heaven, we are the Universe. When we practice the healing dance of Qigong, we work (Gong) to balance Yin (Earth) with Yang (Heaven) as we align body, mind and spirit. This is the essence of Qigong: a total absorption of the senses and spirit. With this absorption comes a rebalancing. Research indicates that regular Qigong practice can help eliminate some types of chronic pain, reduce the need for medication, shorten postoperative recovery time, let go of stress.
Qigong reminds us to be like a baby, soft and pliable; it returns us to our essential nature; to this simplicity; to that soul we long to embrace. Think “green” with joy this spring and let go of stress as we dance Qigong. I begin our classes with these words “ We are the Universe, the Universe is in us, let us merge for peace and love and healing, together.” Here at the Resiliency Center are several excellent therapists who practice various types of support and can provide the help you also may need to return to balance. Qigong practice is led by Karen Steinbrecher firstname.lastname@example.org on Thursdays @ 2P.M. and 6:15 P.M. for 55 minutes. The cost is $10.00.