You know all that overcast weather and low lying clouds lately? Well, it does affect us. With limited light in the evening one may feel "under the weather". So, please keep in mind, that you are conserving your Kidney Qi so it can energize your springtime. This is like a bank account for you energy and health. We are supposed to be a bit more laid back yet this time of year.
Towards the end of February, we can begin to let out our Liver Qi bit by bit in preparation for spring. Then you will have a good springtime with abundant energy, less allergies and inflammation. This is a pretty big deal. So, sit tight for a bit yet and practice for winter benefits:
Continue to stay warm, keep covered with two layers on the legs. The channels on the legs are what you need to protect to stay warm. From the waist down are your water channels, you do not want them to freeze the water, then your legs feel nothing, they can't even tell you that they are cold!
Take a nap to recharge the Heart energy anytime from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.
Go to bed by 10:30 pm or earlier to nourish Heart and its ability to connect to others. Something to think about if you are feeling lonely.
Eat warm, cooked foods for at least 2 meals per day. IE: if you are having a sandwich, then have a cup of soup or broth or miso with your "cold" sandwich.
Eat breakfast before 9:00 am. Each morning the gallbladder is ready to release enzymes that it has been making all night for you. When you choose not to eat, there is no where for these enzymes to go, except back up. (Backed up) This is the beginning of gallbladder stagnation and can lead to impairment of this organ system as well as the pancreas. The gallbladder and pancreas have a gift for you to use each morning, you can start a practice by accepting this gift!
MERIDIAN LIBRARY ~ TUESDAYS 11:30 -12:30
QIGONG CLASS: Every Tuesday JANUARY through MARCH
COLE/USTICK LIBRARY ~ THURSDAY NIGHT 6:00-7:15 PM
6 CLASS SERIES: 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12
NO CLASS FEB 13TH
BOWN CROSSING LIBRARY ~ THURSDAYS 11:30-12:30
8 CLASS SERIES: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5
NO CLASS FEB 13TH
These class are sponsored by each library and attendance is free. You can drop in anytime, no prior experience is necessary. The shorter series are good introduction if you are new to the practice. All classes taught are from the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School Lineage.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
FENG SHUI 2020: Year of the Metal Rat
January 25th is the start of the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the next 12 year cosmological sequence. We practice Qigong to influence internal alchemy - as in: change yourself. You can put into action the principles of Feng Shui for external alchemy - change your surroundings.
There are many different Feng Shui systems. This year is the first year of the 12 year cosmological sequence. So, this year sets the tone for the next 12 years. A good reminder for this year is to focus on building your Qi and love. Yes! this is a good year to fall in love, find love, renew love, give it focus so that it can grow. A few other lifestyle practices for this year according to Nine Star Flying Feng Shui:
Keep your house orderly and clean so as not to activate murky, dusty Qi. This is a general rule for any year and a good reminder to deep clean at least once per year.
Go through kitchen cupboards and throw away old bits of this and that. Not sure exactly how old a bag of flour is? Toss it.
This year the South and East sections of your home are considered troublesome so the more activity you can have in the other sections of your house the better. This means if your dining room is facing South, do not choose the seat that faces South or East, sit facing the other directions.
No red objects placed in the South most sector of the house, carpets, lamps, artwork, etc. Place blue and black objects instead to subdue the fire of red and the south.
Your best energy for the year are the West and Northwest areas of your home. Use these directions often for activities in your house.
Wear the colors of blue to enhance water and subdue the red of fire and the South.
Letting go of this last twelve years by using the cleaning principle of letting go allows for new energy, new ideas, new health to come to you so get ready to receive the new!
These principles begin to take affect on February 4th, so, plenty of time yet to do some internal and external cleansing.
Mind into Matter by Fred Alan Wolf, PH.D.
Delve into the field of consciousness and explore the alchemy of science and spirit. "Alchemists of the old attempted to make sense of the universeto discover the connection between mind and matter. Some of today's scientists, in particular quantum physicists, are doing the same. In his latest contribution to the study of consciousness, physicist Fred Alan Wolf reveals what he calls the new alchemy a melding of the ideas of the old alchemists and the new scientists to reach a fuller understanding of the mind and matter".
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
If you have not heard of this book, it is a nice introduction to cleansing and clearing your external house. In Qigong class, I talk a lot about cleaning your "internal house" and the 5 Yin organs. "As outside your nature, so inside your nature". When you think about how one affects the other you can begin to see how good an external "letting go" of stuff can benefit you just as much as the internal "letting go" of stuff. This book explains how this effort "sparks joy" in your life.
Stillness Speaks by Eckart Tolle
This author has a wealth of information about the human condition. This is one of his many books to get you thinking and come to understanding about yourself and others in a different way.