A Vision for the New Year: Making a Bridge to Your Personal Destiny
A Moment to Pause
Traditions are important. Special days like New Year's and birthdays in particular are opportunities to pause for a moment and ask ourselves, How am I living my life? Am I aligned with my true life's purpose? And then there is my favorite, If I were to die tomorrow, would there be any part of my life left unlived?
Many of us get nervous around the idea of death, but think about it for a moment. Knowing that our time here is limited and precious, draws attention immediately to what is really important to us. Michael Meade, (famous author, mythologist, and storyteller) once described life as a room with two doors. One door is birth and the other is death. The problem is that most of us are constantly looking at birth and at youth. When death arrives, it is sudden and unexpected - because it is happening in the breech position instead of head-first!
Then end of the year is a mini-death as well, but it is also a rebirth. The light wanes and then is reborn with the winter solstice and although the flame is yet small in the cold of winter, it is time to germinate and think about what you will want to grow in the Spring - not in a frenetic, overachieving kind of way, rather with a deep listening.
The above picture was taken in a park next to the McKenzie River this summer. In it, I am doing a qigong form called "Destiny Bridge" - one of the 11 forms in Morning Medical Qigong. This form gives one a sense of being truly rooted and centered in oneself and from that place piercing through the cloud of ignorance so that one can see one's true destiny and draw it towards oneself. It is powerful intention unifying mind and body towards the goal of living life consciously - so that we can not only live, but be Alive in Life.
Morning Medical Qigong
Morning Medical is my favorite Qigong sequence because it touches on all aspects of life: the need to find calm when the nervous system is overwhelmed; processing grief, loss, and anger; as well as how to process a heavy burden and to rejoice in the freedom of a lesson well-earned.
The movements are literally Medicine often prescribed in hospitals in China for their profound physical benefits, but also for healing the spirit as well as living in harmony with and developing a relationship with one's inner self.
Please Join Me for An Introduction to Qigong
January 7th: Introduction to Qigong
Wednesday 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
($5 donation suggested)
A great way to get a taste of Qigong if you have never experienced it before or for those that want to review the form.
January 14 - March 25th: Morning Medical Series
Wednesdays 6:45 - 8:15 pm
($12 drop in or $110 for 11 weeks)
In this 11 week course we will learn the foundations of Mogadao Morning Medical Qigong. Each week will will focus on one of the 11 forms in Mogadao Qigong while also practicing the entire form in context.
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Tabitha Marsh combines Massage & Acupuncture to provide natural pain relief and mental-emotional balance. She also teaches classes on Qigong & Cultivating Health & Wellbeing.