Tuesday, September 3, 2013
With Fall comes the cool fresh air, the grey days of Seattle, the rains and my tendency to hole up at home. I love to make art, read books, watch films and play music. All of these activities increase for me in fall, when I have time, of course. Now I think about how my life needs to change to include daily meditation and Yi Ren Qigong practice. Why? Because I want so much to have my life back! To have much less pain! To dance again! To take long walks! To say, “I can!” instead of “I can’t.”
For anyone going through big health changes, there is much to consider. Balancing your life is very important. Yin and Yang. Fine tuning daily activities is huge. Getting enough rest, work and also exercise is my biggest challenge. Our society expects and encourages us from an early age to be “out of balance.” Even our sweet young children go to school, to before and after school programs, to camps, to lessons….then home to do homework and off to bed. It’s much like our own “rat race” mindset about working long hours, always improving, barely resting and on the go 24/7. Even though I have cut back my hours for working due to pain levels, I still feel that level of urgency that causes my blood pressure to rise rapidly!
And, I must say that it takes a good 20-30 minute session of Yi Ren Qigong for me to mellow out and feel any kind of groundedness most days. So, YES! I say. My goal now is a session in the morning and one at night before sleeping.