Monday, June 29, 2009
moment of mindfulness...gathering qi from the heavens and earth
Now that the weather is warmer, we practice Qigong outside at my friend, Mary’s house. She graciously shares her really lovely space with us. Practicing outside adds another dimension to qigong. After clearing away stagnant qi, we always spend some time gathering new qi. We gather the qi from the heavens, and we gather the qi from the earth. From my spot in our circle last week, when I looked up I could see way up high into the crown of a beautiful oak tree. And when I looked down I saw the smooth brown cap of a mushroom.
I was struck by the way that nature models for us how to take in qi from the heavens and the earth. Stretching up like a tree, I gather the energy of the heavens. Folding my body over like the mushroom, I gather the energy of the earth. These energies are healing, rejuvenating, restorative, and connect me deeply to the moment.