CELEBRATING WHERE WE ARE (When we want to be someplace else)
I love the Summer! Everything is teeming with life and nature puts on the most beautiful displays. I have been especially enjoying my garden this year. Every morning the flowers (pictured here) greet me when I start the day and remind met that the world is beautiful - right here and now.
But it almost didn't happen.
Although I enjoyed gardening as a teenager, I really hadn't done more than the minimum necessary to keep the neighbors happy since I entered my adult life. Sure, you could say that I was busy, but as it turned out, it was also something more...
It all came to a head when (after two years of looking), my husband and I turned down the perfect house, at the perfect price, in the perfect location. At first, our decision puzzled us. Yet, after being presented with the very thing we thought we had been wanting and dreaming of, we realized that there were other things that were even more important to us. It felt right.
But the longing for a "home" lingered...even though it was something I knew that I didn't really want right now...until I realized something.
My entire adult life, I had never been at home with where I was. Instead, I was constantly looking for some idealized circumstance before I could settle my roots. Yet, in that constant reaching for the future, I was neglecting the present and where I was right now.
That is when I decided to restore the flower gardens and make an investment in where I am NOW.
It doesn't matter if I move tomorrow. The beauty that I take the time to create today will just be passed on to the next person to enjoy. In the meantime, I really love those flowers!
Qigong is another powerful way to be in the moment and literally cultivate a practice of growing ourselves and flowering right where we are. Only in this case, the cultivation is internal rather than external. Through awareness of breath and meditative movement the nervous system moves into a state of deep relaxation. The mind calms down. All the excess clutter...those things that we think matter but really don't are cleared away -- and understandings that we weren't even aware of come up to the surface: clarity, focus, harmony, a new sense of purpose and meaning.
In the (c) MogaDao system which I practice, every movement has an image and meaning that goes with it and each has a therapeutic action. For example in (c) Morning Medical Qigong, Calming the Waters is great for insomnia; calming anxiety, fear and nervous tension; creating harmony between the part of us that wants to go within and the part of us that expresses it in the world. Physically it can help with things like adrenal fatigue and constant exhaustion.
Opening Two Words helps us with physical conditions related to the Lungs and breathing, but also issues related to processing loss and grief. With Destiny Bridge a conscious choice is made to embrace one's destiny and to stay aligned with one's purpose in life, while still being able to digest and integrate it from a grounded place. There are also forms for eorking through difficult life issues, detoxifying (physically or psycho-emotionally), balancing the emotions overall and more.
Taking the time to practice qigong each day, is a commitment to focus on what is important in my life here and now -- to come back to the place where I am the best and most authentic version of myself.
Life is short and we are only here for a season, so why not have the most beautiful cultivation of ourselves that we can by touching that deepest seed of who we are meant to be?
My dearest hopes for your flowering brilliance!
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(c) Mogadao Qigong & Morning Medical Qigong are copywritten by ZhenZan Dao (aka Daniel Villasenor).
Tabitha Marsh combines Massage & Acupuncture to provide natural pain relief and mental-emotional balance. She also teaches classes on Qigong & Cultivating Health & Wellbeing.