A Corona Virus Response

We are being encouraged to “wash our hands” as we receive reports that millions of people are being quarantined in other countries.  Some of us crossing borders on cruise ships are being quarantined, and some of us are finding our flights and public events being cancelled.  What are we to think?  “Wash your hands.”

Pontius Pilate washed his hands, but he is forever stained.  What else can we do?

Everything.

As usual, there is no single silver bullet to solve the conundrum.  There is only a menu of best practices in order to purify the self and purify all.  Practice to purify body, breath and mind.  Purify to be healthy and to share good health with others.

How do we purify the Body?  Avoid processed foods, especially sugars and sucrose products unless coming directly from a fresh fruit in your hand.  Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  Seek out products that are grown locally and with great regard for Gaia, the integrity of Mother Earth.  If you have underlying weaknesses and ailments, seek help.  You may need immunization or isolation.  If you are not well, do not carry your illness into public.  Rest, recuperate, and seek intelligent help.

How do we purify the Breath?  Breathe deeply of clean air.    Engage your diaphragm to breathe deeply, since it activates the lymphatic and immune systems.  Be selective of the air you breathe, avoiding chemical “fresheners” and off-gassing when possible.  Don’t contribute to foul air with unnecessary emissions from driving, flying or using chemical products.  If you are ill, please don’t breathe on others.  Anyone, whether well or unwell can benefit from deep breathing practice.  The ability to hold the breath indicates lung health, and the practice of holding the breath tones the vagus nerve and baroreceptors that emit positive hormones.

How do we purify the Mind?  Discipline the mind with meditation and a dedicated practice of yoga, tai chi, qigong or other forms which strengthen body-breath-mind harmony.  Practice and discipline are a choice – a time tested means to an end.   By entering these practices, one may even enter the unified field and find communion with countless others who are practicing for the benefit of self and the benefit of all.

Body, breath, mind – these are the gifts, the Three Treasures of our existence.  May we realize and utilize these gifts abundantly so that we may share them freely.  And wash your hands.

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Light and Darkness

Winter Solstice Celebration Qigong Friday, December 14, 2018, 10AM at Unity of Fort Pierce, 3414 Sunrise Blvd.  

Light and darkness, life and death, on the right and left,

these are children, they are inseparably together.

But the good are not good, and the wicked not wicked,

life not life, death not death.

Each element fades to an original source.

But those who live above the world cannot fade.

They are eternal.  — The Gospel of Philip

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Giving Thanks

I feel so grateful for my life of abundance.  While it may be ridiculously modest compared to many, it is full of so much luxury and security relative to the other end of the human spectrum.  I never tire of running water, and the gift of A/C in Florida!  A car that stops and starts, legs that go and eyes that see.   The amazing beauty of the earth and sky, the landscape and the living things.  The other souls on my journey, my teachers, my students, my family, friends and neighbors, and the people I meet by chance every day.  I’m grateful for public servants, all the workers and workplaces that bring food to my table, furnishings to my home, fuel to my car.  For local and global leaders who are willing to pull the cart of history down the road, for followers that make choices based on compassion and egalitarian ideals.  For written words, for art and music.  Grateful for my coffee in the morning, wine in the evening, all the ups and downs in between, and the Tai Chi that helps it all make sense.  20170119222822
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2018 The Year of the Earth Dog

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“It is said, by Chinese Wisdom Teachers, that the Year of the Earth Dog (perhaps the Earth Wolf) will be a time when the insights arising from the happenings and breakthroughs of the Year of Phoenix will be actualized for the common good.” So says my fourth teacher, Dr. Roger Jahnke, in the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi February newsletter.  He continues “Wolves, hybridized to be Dogs, are loyal, they are tribal, they work together, they care for children and elders – they understand the common good.”

By all prognostications, the year of the Earth Dog is a year to work for the common good; a year to be steadfast, observant and obedient, cautious, even ordinary.  Perhaps this is a time to assess your tribe.  Who do you love?  Who do you serve?  And how?

A Happy New Year

130As we approach this brand new year, filled with possibilities and hope, may our intentions be rooted in love for ourselves and others.  Set reasonable, attainable goals.  Surround yourself with a community who supports and encourages you on this path.  Create meaningful rituals for a healthier lifestyle.  And remember that every ending offers a new beginning, so if you fall of the routine you have set for yourself, simply begin again, being present in the moment, just as it is.  This moment, too, is filled with possibilities and hope.  May your intentions be rooted in love for yourself and others.  This passage was copied with gratitude from the Asheville Community Yoga  January Newsletter: Freedom through Service.

The Gift of Awareness

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      During the holidays, do try to take a few minutes each day to close your eyes, adjust your posture, take a deep breath, and look within.
      Five or six deep breaths is one minute.  One minute spent listening and looking within will increase awareness.  Awareness is different than thought.  When thoughts arise, say “thank you, not thinking now” and go back to the quiet wonder of looking and listening within.
      Awareness clears the mind, connects us to Source, eases pain and increases clarity.  Thoughts are tools that allow us to tackle great projects, but awareness is the wisdom to know what is yours to do.

Solar Eclipse 2017

In some ancient cultures, it was considered poor manners to look at the coupling of the sun and the moon during an eclipse.  Was this an ancient wisdom for protecting the eyes of the innocent and curious?  Or was it a preservation of patriarchal/matriarchal supremacy?  Or was it something else?

annular-celipse-1839-052012-500-customA rare and powerful occurrence can indeed be blinding. Traditions, superstitions, preconceptions might mask the truth, or they might serve as a protective filter, enhancing life for our safe participation.

Observe.  Things are not always as they seem.  Be aware of the veil that has been cast.  Beware of hiding behind it; beware of casting it off too quickly.

The sun is always shining and the moon is always full.