And if You Think You Still Can’t Meditate…

Cup of black coffee alongside notebook depicting hand drum, with tube of paint, a pen, some cloth, threat and needles

Long ago I relinquished worrying that I "wasn't meditating right." A natural nonconformist, my meditation approach expanded from the traditional lotus pose (ouch) to alternatives that work for me --- like fixating on the moment, hand drumming, movement meditation, even my morning Qigong practice where I more easily stay focused on the swirls of circular …

Have You Seen Their Taijitu?

Familiar with that black and white yin-yang symbol, known in ancient Chinese philosophy as taijitu?  Surely you've seen dogwood trees gracing the landscape but have you seen their taijitu? Look closely at the blooms on this glorious tree.  Each stunning bract (appearing as one of four flower petals) appears marred like a bruise or singe …

Nature’s Circle of Comfort

Seeing these rounded hay bales in expansive green fields began to stir something deep within a few years ago that felt strangely comforting.  I hadn't observed this prior to practicing Qigong where I first felt a gentle, circular energy flowing between my hands.  The movements soon enriched my gardening activities and evolved my thinking about …

Get a Universal Hug!

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day sat on my bucket list for several years.  With no events offered in my small, semi-rural community, I made up my mind last year to drive 1.5 hours to participate.  The powerful group energy felt like a profoundly calming universal hug, not to mention the good people I met …

Daily Prompt: Coincidence…

via Daily Prompt: Coincidence ...is a word I've replaced with synchronicity mostly after working through Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way book.  Before that, I viewed coincidence in the sense that there are no coincidences, meaning God has a hand in everything.  And I'm not referring to God of any particular religion but God as in …

Attention Deficit

A few days ago, I was beginning the day with Qigong in a southeasterly room --- the veggie/herb garden outside the french doors to the left, a glorious view of summer flowers (albeit wet from the rain) through the window straight ahead.  (Sadly, this summer's extreme weather has escorted my morning Qigong practice indoors.)  Sweeping …

“Flexibility”

I begin each day picking a word for guidance out of the cobalt blue glass container.   Just a little something to set my intention for the day before the mental chatter of the "TO DO list" dictates my time and ultimately my mood.  Today, the message is flexibility.  "Good choice," I think to myself already …