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  • Intro / Information to Yi Ren Qigong with Brendan Thorson

    Manhattan, NY

    Introductory Class, May 15.

    Yi Ren® Qigong: Energy Activation & Informational with Instructor Brendan Thorson

    (Open to all. Beginning to advanced qigong students)

    Experience and learn the theory behind medical qigong from an anatomical, physiological, and psychological perspective to enhance mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Receive insight regarding some of the numerous health benefits of qigong for self-care, strengthening and balancing the vitality of all the human anatomical systems like the immune, nervous and endocrine systems for a stronger immune system, and improved sleep quality. We will also, do qigong exercises to activate our energy field, the kidneys and relax the Adrenal Glands to support the participants to sense the energy feel refreshed, recharged and relaxed all at the same time.

    • May, 2017

    • When: May 15, 8-10pm
    • Where: City Wellness Collective. 141 W. 28 Str. Suite 301, New York, NY,
      10001
    • How Long: 2hrs.
    • Cost:$20-30. Early Payment Discount
    • REGISTER >

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  • Intro to Yi Ren Qigong with Brendan Thorson

    Intro to Qi Gong Class

    WHEN: April 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    WHERE: Modern Sage
    351 2nd St
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    USA
    COST: 12.00

    energy gigong jersey city meditation
    Intro to Qi Gong Class @ Modern Sage | Jersey City | New Jersey | United States
    Brendan Thorson will be leading in an intro class to *Yi Ren® Qigong for Internal Strength, Peace, Creativity and Happiness*
    Enhance Sleep, Hormones, Will-Power, Self-Confidence, Transform Stress, Anxieties… In this unique qigong practice, the “Qi” feelings become very clear/tangible, not theoretical, and awakens an Internal-Energy-Feedback-System to connect one to their personal truth/guidance system. For self-realization, refinement and mastery of one self.
    Brendan Thorson LMT, Yi Ren Qigong Instructor, author, CE teacher for
    health care providers, founder of the Noble School of Qigong, has practiced
    Tai Chi and Qigong for over 19 years and has taught Qigong for over 15
    years. Yi Ren Qigong has radically improved Brendan’s health and quality of
    life. His desire is to empower ALL people to gain the wisdom and
    self-knowledge to improve their health and reach their life’s potential.

    Additional workshop in NYC:
    Level 1, Part 1: Internal Qi-Activation & Cultivation

    When: May 6&7/ 2017. 10am to 5:30pm.

    Where: Simple Studios. 134 W. 29th Str. 2nd Flr. New York, NY 10001

    Cost: $450. Pre-Registration Discount & *Student Discount. Comes with
    Manual & Review DVD

    *Web: Qigongedu.com*

  • Yi Ren® Qigong Classes NYC.

    New York, NY

    Introductory Class, April 21.

    Yi Ren® Qigong: Energy Activation & Informational with Instructor Brendan Thorson

    (Open to all. Beginning to advanced qigong students)

    Experience and learn the theory behind medical qigong from an anatomical, physiological, and psychological perspective to enhance mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Receive insight regarding some of the numerous health benefits of qigong for self-care, strengthening and balancing the vitality of all the human anatomical systems like the immune, nervous and endocrine systems for a stronger immune system, and improved sleep quality. We will also, do qigong exercises to activate our energy field, the kidneys and relax the Adrenal Glands to support the participants to sense the energy feel refreshed, recharged and relaxed all at the same time.

    • April, 2017

    • When: April 21, 8-10pm
    • Where: City Wellness Collective. 141 W. 28th Str, Suite 301, New York, NY 10001
    • How Long: 2hrs.
    • Cost:$20-30. Pre-payment discounts
    REGISTER >

    Call or Email Brendan with Questions:

    New York, NY

    Yi Ren® Qigong Level 1: Internal Qi Activation & Cultivation

    (Beginning Point of Entry for new students & advanced training for Repeat Students)

    See a Description of Level 1

    • Part 1: May 6 & 7

      Yi Ren® Qigong Level 1, Part 1: Internal Qi Activation & Cultivation:

      Activation & Development of Kidneys, Energy Centers & Internal Grounding

    • When: Sat/Sun, May 6 & 7, 10am – 5:30pm
    • Where: Simple Studios. 134 W 29th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day.
    • Instructor: Brendan Thorson
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    • Part 2: June 17 & 18

      Yi Ren® Qigong Level 1, Part 2: Internal Qi Activation & Cultivation:

      Activation & Development of Nervous System, Marrow & Brain Gates

    • When: Sat/Sun, June 17 & 18, 10am – 5:30pm
    • Where: New York (Manhattan), NY.
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day.
    • Instructor: Brendan Thorson
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    Discounts and Work-Trades:

    • Discounts

      –Based on an individual basis–some required to do a partial work-trade

    • Work-Trade only

      –6-month minimum commitment required for a work-trade

    • Contact Brendan to see if you qualify

    Payment Questions?

    • Forms of acceptable payment: Pay Pal, Credit Card or Cash,
    • Call or email with all payment questions: 206-354-8216 or QigongEdu@gmail.com
    • To use PAY PAL for odd or adjusted payments… use PAY PAL and make payment to: QigongEdu@gmail.com

    Cancellation/Refund Policy

    • Cancellations received up to five working days before the workshop are refundable, minus a $25.00 registration service charge. After that, cancellations are subject to the entire workshop fee, which you may apply toward a future workshop. Please note that if you do not cancel and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.
  • Skype / Online Yi Ren Qigong Classes & Sessions by Brendan Thorson

    Brendan Thorson is offering online / Skype Yi Ren Qigong private lessons and qigong consultations for people who live in other countries, states, or for anyone anywhere who can’t physically meet for a private session. Unlike most

    online qigong classes

    these will be live classes not video classes. As a result, students receive individualized instruction and guidance for their training. In addition, students will receive the necessary and needed energy transmission from Brendan to support the student to truly turn on, activate and develop their energy body.

  • Qigong & Tai Chi Workshops Fall 2015

    Free Intro Yi Ren® Qigong Class: Energy Activation & Informational

    In this class introductory Yi Ren Qigong class we will activate the Internal Power Station/ (Life Gate & Kidneys), Energy Field and Ground the Energy to the Feet. To enhance inner strength, confidence, harmonize energies and quiet the overactive mind. In addition, one will learn how this training can guide and support one to enhance or dramatically upgrade their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. This class will be a combination of Yi Ren Qigong exercises, lecture and Q&A.

    Tues, Aug. 18th

    • The class will be given on: Tuesday August 18th, 7-9pm
    • Where: 3100 Airport Way S Ste 24-108 (directly behind Tully’s), Seattle, WA
    • Each class is 2 hours long.

    Tues, Sept 15th

    • The class will be given on: Tuesday September 15, 7-9pm
    • Where: 3100 Airport Way S Ste 24-108 (directly behind Tully’s), Seattle, WA
    • Each class is 2 hours long.

    Level 1 (Parts 1 & 2): Internal Qi-Activation & Cultivation

    (The first step in the Yi Ren Qigong training): Yi Ren® Qigong

    See a Description of Level One: Internal Qi Activation & Development

    10% Lump Sum Discount Payment Options for purchasing both Level 1, (Parts 1 & 2) at the same time. *Email Brendan to receive repeat student & two or more family member discounts.

    $450 For Part 1 & 2 by 9/23
    $468 For Part 1 & 2 by 10/2
    $481 For Part 1 & 2 by 10/3
    • Part 1 – October 2015

      Kidneys, Energy Centers & Internal Grounding Focus

    • When: Sat/Sun, 10/3 & 10/4, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: At Intraspace. 3100 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98134.
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day.

    Purchase Options

    $250 by 9/23
    $270 by 10/2
    $285 day of
    • Part 2 – November 2015.

      Small Universe, Marrow & Brain Gate Focus

    • When: Sat/Sun, 11/14 & 11/15, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: At Intraspace. 3100 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98134.
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day.

    Purchase Options

    $250 by
    $270 by
    $285 day of

     

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, repeat students of exact class, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    *$10 Discount for multiple family members & repeat students. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    CE Hours/PDA Credits

    National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Logo

    12 CE Hours for Massage Therapists Available for This Class

    Get CE Hours for this class: $20

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Professional Development Activity Logo

    11 PDA Credits for Acupuncturists Available for This Class

    Get CE Hours for this class: $20
    Discounts on classes are NOT VALID when the class is being taken for CE Hours/PDA Credits.

    Level 2 (Parts 1 & 2): Activating & Cultivating the Internal Organ Meridians

    (Completion of Level 1 Required): Yi Ren® Qigong

    See a Description of Level Two: Activating & Cultivating the Internal Organ Meridians

    10% Lump Sum Discount Payment Options for purchasing both Level 2, (Parts 1 & 2) at the same time. *Email Brendan to receive repeat student & two or more family member discounts.

    $450 For Part 1 & 2 by 9/16
    $468 For Part 1 & 2 by 9/25
    $481 For Part 1 & 2 by 9/26
    • Part 1 – September 2015

    • When: Sat/Sun, 9/26 & 9/27, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 4336 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. (In the Alley behind Bartell Drugs)
    • Building Entrance: From the Alley it is the building between Bartell’s & University Bookstore
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day. (Parking Details Below)

    Purchase Options

    $250 by 9/16
    $270 by 9/25
    $285 day of
    • Part 2 – October/ November 2015.

    • When: Sat/Sun, 10/31 & 11/1, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 4336 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. (In the Alley behind Bartell Drugs)
    • Building Entrance: From the Alley it is the building between Bartell’s & University Bookstore
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day. (Parking Details Below)

    Purchase Options

    $250 by 10/21
    $270 by 10/30
    $285 day of

     

    All day parking available at University Bookstore Parking Lot on Saturday for $15. A $10 reimbursement will be paid to all students parking at University Bookstore parking lot on Saturday (with proof of receipt) whom are not receiving any form of class discount.

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, repeat students of exact class, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    *$10 Discount for multiple family members & repeat students. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    CE Hours/PDA Credits

    National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Logo

    12 CE Hours for Massage Therapists Available for This Class

    Get CE Hours for this class: $20

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Professional Development Activity Logo

    11 PDA Credits for Acupuncturists Available for This Class

    Get CE Hours for this class: $20
    Discounts on classes are NOT VALID when the class is being taken for CE Hours/PDA Credits.

    Moving with Qi: Qigong with Tai Chi Style Movements

    For Internal & External Strength and a Peaceful Mind

    (Completion of Level 1 Requirement): Yi Ren® Qigong

    See a Description of Moving with Qi: Qigong with Tai Chi Style Movements

    • Details – Part 1, July 2015

    • When: Sat/Sun, 7/25 & 7/26, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 4336 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. (In the Alley behind Bartell Drugs)
    • Building Entrance: From the Alley it is the building between Bartell’s & University Bookstore
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day. (Parking Details Below)

    Purchase Options

    $250 by 7/15
    $270 by 7/24
    $285 day of
    • Details – Part 2, August 2015

    • When: Sat/Sun, 8/29 & 8/30, 10am – 5:15pm
    • Where: 4336 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. (In the Alley behind Bartell Drugs)
    • Building Entrance: From the Alley it is the building between Bartell’s & University Bookstore
    • How Long: Two 6hr. classes, with a one hour lunch each day. (Parking Details Below)

    Purchase Options

    $250 by 8/19
    $270 by 8/28
    $285 day of

     

    All day parking available at University Bookstore Parking Lot on Saturday for $15. A $10 reimbursement will be paid to all students parking at University Bookstore parking lot on Saturday (with proof of receipt) whom are not receiving any form of class discount.

    *$40 Discount for multiple family members, repeat students of exact class, full time students & low income Senior Citizens. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    *$10 Discount for multiple family members & repeat students. One discount per/ person. Pay regular price, send email with details and will receive refund via Pay Pal.

    CE Hours/PDA Credits

    National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Logo

    12 CE Hours for Massage Therapists Available for This Class

    Get CE Hours for this class: $20

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Professional Development Activity Logo

    11 PDA Credits for Acupuncturists Available for This Class

    Get CE Hours for this class: $20
    Discounts on classes are NOT VALID when the class is being taken for CE Hours/PDA Credits.
  • Adding Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs to your Yi Ren Qigong practice.

    8/31/2014
    I was sitting on the medical table and they were running tests on me. However, I was not in any major, imminent health danger. A supervisor and his student, a lovely pupil at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine(SIOM), were testing my qi flow and pulses and deducing what points to place the acupuncture needles. This was my first acupuncture experience, and I was kind of nervous.

    They decided to that I had a lung/kidney imbalance and poked a few needles into me. I was told that my lung qi is kind of “sticky” and this could be caused by anxiety and depression. I was not very surprised about this, as depression and anxiety are two things I have been battling since adolescence. I have even been medicated a couple times, but Yi Ren Qigong and meditation has helped me keep my symptoms under control and I no longer take meds for the aforementioned ailments.

    I sat on the table for about 30 minutes with the needles in me and I immediately felt the needles “talk” to each other. I was told that my qi was pretty active, which is a good sign. As I sat there, thoughts about my issues started to swim in my mind. It was if the qi was making it very apparent what I needed to work on, and that acupuncture would be part of the tools to fix my issues of anxiety and depression.

    According to many qigong instructors, including Yi Ren Qigong teacher Brendan Thorson, acupuncture is part of three practices in Chinese Medicine that can lead to a healthier, happier life. Those are qigong, acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

    With regards to Chinese Herbs, after my treatment—after which I felt calmer and also a bit out of it, which is normal for a person’s first treatment— the lovely acupuncturist who is also trained in Chinese Medicine, gave me four bags of herbs to consume over the next couple of weeks, after which, I was told to come back and get another evaluation, and if there are any changes, then the mixture of herbs would be adjusted. Needless to say, I was very excited to be getting treatment for my issues, and Chinese herbs and acupuncture help. I have been practicing qigong for nearly five years now, tried Chinese herbs a couple times and enjoyed them, but this is the first time I have done all three: qigong, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I definitely notice that doing all three has a stronger effect in balancing the body’s qi and in turn my mental clarity.

    This is your Peaceful Warrior, suggesting that if would like to complement your Yi Ren Qigong practice with something beneficial that could speed up your progress, give acupuncture and Chinese herbs a try: you may be happy you did…

  • Meditation is my Medicine

    7/09/2014

    Early in my Yi Ren Qigong practice, after an evening class, a fellow practitioner said to me “You are probably really sensitive, that is why energies—good and bad—affect you. You might have been a healer in a past life.”

    I am not sure if I was a healer, or if I am ultra-sensitive to life’s energies, but I will say that I have noticed that other peoples’ energies do tend to get stuck in my system at times, or at least it feels that way.

    A very popular way to get rid of foreign energies in your system in Yi Ren Qigong is the Small Universe Cultivating Exercise. However, what I have noticed this week is what really helps calm my mind and help draw me back into my body is meditation.

    There are many different types of meditation in Yi Ren Qigong and in the Taoist tradition in general. This week I have been switching back and forth from the Peaceful Mind Mediation and Wisdom Gate Meditation and it is helping me get through some major anxiety and depression issues, spurred by some personal issues related to career aspirations and romantic relationships.

    On Wednesday morning, I woke up with racing thoughts about all of my problems and delusional issues pertaining to what I think are psychological scars. I decided to immediately begin meditating. I sat with my legs crossed on the floor and held my hands in the Wisdom Gate Meditation Mudra, with my right hand lying over my left at the wisdom gate level and my thumbs pointed outwards.

    I then began counting over and over again up to six and breathing through my nose into my abdomen, scanning my body from my crown center to my earth center. The meditation was going fairly well, but I was still getting bombarded by intrusive, bad thoughts.

    What helped calm my mind, however, was when I began to focus on the back of my head behind the frontal lobe: the part of the brain called the Parietal Lobe. Once I did that, my mind almost immediately began to quiet down and it became easier to observe what was going on within my body. To me, this was a huge breakthrough.

    This week I also saw a scan of a brain belonging to a person who had been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD. Those with this disorder have intrusive thoughts that lead to illogical rituals. The scan showed a great deal of activity in the frontal lobe. In fact, the whole frontal lobe was lit up like a bright galaxy of stars. However, the person’s parietal lobe was barely lit up in the scan at all.

    The fact that my own obsessive thoughts and worries seemed to be turned down a great deal after my morning meditation leave me to believe that I was balancing the activity in my Frontal Lobe with my Parietal Lobe. This was very encouraging to me and I plan to keep up with my meditation two to three times a day.

    It is safe to say that Yi Ren Qigong is probably helping me more than any counseling or psychiatric medication that I have ever taken. This is not to say that Yi Ren Qigong well help everyone the same way, or that it is a substitute for psychiatric medication and/or counseling for those with emotional problems, but it certainly is working for me. For that I am very grateful.

  • Anger Can Cloud Your Judgment

    6/29/2014

    This week has really opened my eyes to how detrimental anger can be to your overall being. I have a friend who really wanted a job she applied for because she was dissatisfied with her working environment and pay. She aced the phone interview and was really excited. I went over to her apartment to celebrate with her and to wish her the best of luck with her in-person interview the next day.

    The next day, this young lady texted me basically saying that she felt she had failed miserably during the in-person interview, and she was sure that because she answered a couple questions wrong that she did not get the job. She told me she felt really sad and low.

    I went to her apartment that night to cheer her up. I found her in an intoxicated state and she started to trash her apartment in a fit of anger and rage. I did my best console her and assure her that she might still get the job and that she should not take it so hard. However, she was adamant about the fact that she had not gotten the job and that everyone seems to reject her, she is not good enough, et-cetera.

    The poor young woman even became suicidal as thoughts reeled in her head about the bleakness of her future. The next day at her current job, she even quit after being accused of applying for other jobs, and also for being on drugs, since she seemed out-of-touch. She was digging herself into an even deeper hole.

    However, the next day after she quit her current job, she got news that she actually got the job that she applied for and wanted so very badly. I joked with her that she had been worrying about nothing. She agreed. But why would this young lady torture herself so much just because of an interview that she thought she did horribly in?

    My thoughts are that she used a great deal of thinking process errors. For instance, she assumed that the hiring manager did not like her because a couple of her answers were not the best. Because she did not have enough confidence and self-love, she seemed to self-prophesize that she would not get the job and that because of that she was worthless and should just give up on life. In other words, she was being far too hard on herself and not looking on the positive side of things.

    She seems okay now and is happy to be starting her job on Monday. I hope that she learned that in the future not to let her anger cause her to make poor decisions. She is truly a great gal and I wish her the best.

    However, this week I was not spared from a situation that stirred up anger. Since late April, I have been trying to get my car tabs. In order to do so, I have to pass the emissions test. Well, for some reason the computer in my car that runs all the emissions diagnostics is not storing the data it needs in order to pass the emissions test. This has been extremely frustrating.

    When I did not pass the first time, I asked the tester what I could do to fix it, and he simply stated “Just drive it around more and come back.”

    I took the car to my mechanic a he reset my internal computer and told me to drive it around and then take it back to be tested.

    I did just that. However, this time I did not pass and was told to go to the main office and talk to the manager. I took both my failed testing papers in the office and the manager just looked at me strangely.

    “What’s this? I need the paperwork from your mechanic!”

    He then said some other things that I did not understand, since I was just told to go to the main office and not what I would have to show him. I was livid to say the least. I felt like I was being yelled at for doing absolutely nothing wrong.

    So I went back to my mechanic and he stated that he is authorized to give me a waiver. He told me that all I have to do is show the people at the emissions the failed test paper he signed and that I should be good. Well, he was wrong.

    I go back to emissions and show one of the managers there my two failed tests and the signature of my mechanic.

    “Where’s the work order? I need a work order.”
    I was so confused at this point and extremely angry that the manager got very defensive and started yelling in at me.

    I told him what I was told by my mechanic, and he said I needed to read the packet that I was given when I failed the emissions test. I told him that I never got a packet and asked him if I could have one. He said he highly doubted that I was not given an info packet, refused to give me one and then glared at me and walked back to his desk in a different room. I was so full of rage, but then I began to breathe deeply from my belly and tell myself to accept the situation. Before practicing Yi Ren Qigong, I feel that I would have seriously raged and gotten out of hand. I would have asked to speak to his superior because he was rude and that they did not communicate very well with me. But what was the point?

    I then thought that maybe my mechanic spoke to someone from a particular emissions testing facility and did not tell me. I began to weigh the costs and benefits of losing my temper, and decided that the costs far out-weighed the benefits. I mean, in actuality, there is a protocol that states that if you do not pass the emissions due to your computer not being ready, that you have to spend at least $150 to try to repair the issue. My mechanic did not tell me about this, and on my initial visit to the manager’s office at the emissions testing facility, I was not given the instructions packet about what to do.

    Bottom line, there was a great deal of miscommunication and guess what, NONE of it was my fault. Initially I felt stupid and embarrassed about being yelled out of the emissions testing office twice. However, I was just doing what I was told to do. It was not my fault that my car’s computer system was not properly storing data. It was not my fault that the employee from the emissions testing facility did not give me the proper packet so that I knew exactly what I had to do to rectify the issue. It is not my fault that my mechanic can be a horrible communicator (albeit an incredible mechanic) and that he gave me wrong information. It simply was not my fault. So I had every right to be extremely angry, but again, what would that accomplish? Nothing. It would have clouded my thinking and I would have made the situation far worse. By humbly walking out of that office and then leaving a voice message for my mechanic explaining the situation, all while remaining calm, I am certain that my car tab issue will be resolved smoothly with little more complication. I did not let my anger control me and I am very proud of myself for this.

    So fellow Peaceful Warriors, let this be a lesson to us all that remaining calm in agitating situations is far wiser than losing one’s head. I hope you all have excellent weeks and Be Well!

  • Don’t fear the doldrums

    6/23/2014

    I am stuck. I feel like I am not going anywhere. But where am I trying to go? I have a faint idea of what my goals are, however, right now they seem unattainable. I feel like I am in a transition in which I am saying goodbye to my old life and my old self and waiting for my new self to arrive.

    However, I am not frustrated, anymore. During a meditation, I received information to trust the process of my evolution. Some of the things in my head seem very illogical and it feels like I am tormenting myself. However, one of the benefits of Yi Ren Qigong is that is gives you the courage to look at yourself in the mirror and the power to change the things you do not like—albeit the process, at times, can be a bit uncomfortable.

    I liken it to this, I am sure many of us have felt so down an tired, chaotic on the inside, that we cannot look at ourselves in the mirror, for fear of what our faces, with their alarmed eyes, might reveal. However, when I look at the mirror during times of crisis, I make it a point to change what I do not like. I smile at myself and remember I must love myself in order for anyone else to love me.

    All around me, there seems to be chaos. People are coming into my life that are incredibly unbalanced and unhappy. They seem to be attracted to me, like they are seeking others to be miserable with them. The old me might have obliged, the new me has learned to cut these people off. This is not because I feel that I am better than they are, but because I have learned that some people have chosen—yes chosen—a life of misery. It is true that some of us are more prone to despair, but all of us have the wherewithal to turn our lives around by leading a healthy lifestyle.

    An excerpt from Verse 15 of the Tao Te Ching reads. (to paraphrase)

    The sage is…as chaotic as a muddy torrent.
    Why “chaotic as a muddy torrent?”
    Because clarity is learned by being
    Patient in the presence of chaos.
    Tolerating disarray, remaining at rest,
    Gradually one learns to allow muddy
    Water to settle and proper responses to reveal themselves…

    If there are any of you out there that feel stuck as well, you are definitely not alone. My advice for you is to sit there and be stuck. This is not a time of despair—although it may seem like you will never be free again, you will. This is a time of excitement and a time to rejoice. Your eyes will soon see the world from higher ground and you will then be able to effortlessly look at yourself in the mirror and smile and look within and see how all of your effort paid off.

    This is your Patient Warrior urging you to all be well and keep your faith, even through seemingly chaotic times.

    Rejoice…

  • Face it, You’re Toe-rrific!

    5/10/2014
    I am going to get personal this week: well, more personal than usual. I am also going to get random: well, more random than usual.

    I suffer from toenail fungus. Yes, it’s kind of gross. I have had the fungus for about ten years now. I wonder, how did it get there? I thought only older people are afflicted with such a condition. Well, I was wrong.

    What I believe caused my toenail fungus is bad habits. I would go to the gym and wear the same sweaty socks all day. When I got out of the shower, I did not dry my feet off with a blow dryer or towel. The toe fungus was a definite problem that I became aware of. It was not until this fall, about 10 years after it started accumulating, that I decided to do something about it, and be vigilant in my quest to cure my nails.

    I went to the store and bought an antifungal cream. Now, every single day, I get out of the shower, towel off, and then thoroughly blow dry my feet, take a toenail file and file my nails that have fungus to make them more porous, and then apply the antifungal cream. Then I place a Bandaid over the afflicted toes.

    Just this month, I have noticed that my nails are clearing up and most of them are devoid of fungus. Only a few still have a little bit left. Both my big toenails actually fell off and underneath them, the fungus is completely gone. New clear nails are growing in their places. I feel victorious.

    Now, there are other methods to cure toenail fungus, some of which include a pill and some even include using bleach and water. But I discovered what worked for me. I did not see any results for more than six months, but I knew that eventually my vigilance would pay off. It has.

    To me, toenail fungus can be like bad trapped energy in our body, including our organs. Yi Ren Qigong can help clear that pesky energy fungus out of our system and bring in more nourishing energy. However, this task could take a day, a week, a month, a year or even decades. The trick is to make Yi Ren Qigong a part of your daily routine. Many of us have seen or heard about people living in China who every morning, practice qigong and/or tai chi to help prepare them for their day. They might be on to something.

    So now I have confessed something unattractive about myself. In the past, it would be hard for me to divulge such things, which seems strange to me now. For instance, if my car had something wrong with it that I had the power to fix, why would I not fix it, or at least get a mechanic to fix it? From my experience, Yi Ren Qigong gives you the tools to fix things that are wrong with your body and also your spirit, psyche and mind.

    On a different note: Another thing I discovered this week is that one of the best ways to become happier is to not seek adulation or adoration from others, to not care too much what people think. Ultimately, you have to lose yourself in human form and find yourself in being form. You will never be happy if all you do is seek to fulfill the ego’s need to get approval from others. More and more I am losing my old self, and discovering my new self. This can be a scary process and I have had to endure some hardships along the way. One of our greatest fears can be of the unknown. This week, I will continue to repeat this mantra to myself when garbage thoughts come into my mind: Courage, Confidence, Strength and Faith. With dedication and vigilance, just like I whipped what seemed to be an impossible problem of curing my toenail fungus (some people live their entire lives with an unsightly yellow big toe, just as some people never get rid of bad, fungal, energy) I also have faith that I will cure myself of old, bad habits and negative behavior patterns, bringing myself back to my true self, unfettered by bad foreign energies.

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