First Days Learning

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7/18/13****This is my healing journey. I hope to feel less pain, increased joy and more energy from learning Yi Ren Qigong.

By Dreama Blankenbeckler

Today I feel like celebrating and I really hope it stays with me. It’s such a new feeling for me. My journey with scoliosis has been difficult through the years. It started when I was ten years old and has continued to be a huge burden for me. Here I am at nearly sixty years old and most days I suffer from chronic pain in my back, neck, hips and legs. I have a double curve that is over 67 degrees at the L4/L5, and about 43 degrees in the thoracic region. Those of you who know anything about scoliosis will know what I have been going through most of my life. Braces and shoe lifts. Hundreds of sessions of physical therapy. Fear of surgeries needed. X rays galore. But, getting back to celebrating……

I woke up this morning late for me and realized that I had slept straight through the night for the first time in years. And, though I am not pain free today, my pain is tolerable and my mood is light. Both of my feet feel like they are on the ground! Like I am balanced. It’s amazing and I am so very grateful! I had a sweet day with my favorite  ten year old singing and making art with elders in Adult Family Homes. Then, I flavored and stored a new batch of ginger kombucha I brewed.
I believe this new feeling of wellbeing comes from my first Yi Ren Qigong introductory class last night from a wonderful teacher in Seattle, Brendan Thorson, at The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training. It’s a pretty complex practice and I am going to have to work hard to learn. Because of my scoliosis, standing causes me pain. Laying down relieves it.  I admit I had a difficult time standing for a little over an hour last night.
Well, time will tell! I am going to another one and half hour class tomorrow night. And, then on Saturday and Sunday, I will train all day! I just hope I can make it. Whenever I have my doubts, I push those thoughts away and act “as if” Qigong has already begun the healing process. Of course, my scoliosis will not go away. We rattlesnakes will always be curvy! But, I really expect to have much less pain, more hope for living a full life and plenty of more growth and learning!
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