Happy New Year!
At this time of reflection & celebration how many of us yearn for better health? We resolve to loose weight, exercise more or to eat better. Worthy resolutions indeed. How often do we fail to achieve these goals? How do we unlock these old habits and build new ones?
What is a habit - a conditioned response to stimuli, situations and perhaps even society. Frank Sheldon, a friend and Alexander Technique Teacher, once told me: Our habits have kept us alive this long. The nervous system is, therefore, loath to give them up without an overwhelmingly good reason. Create the conditions that give the nervous system an overwhelmingly good reason.
The first question I ask myself is why do I want to cease a particular habit or to cultivate a new one. In and of itself this answer while founded in my heart is not enough to facilitate the change. Change requires energy. Qi Gong cultivates energy, increases health and calms the body. A gentle way to enliven our health in the New Year.
For myself the change really began when I took a class. Taking a class is a longer term commitment to the practice. Coupled with the collective energy cultivated from a group doing Qi Gong together and the changes is accelerated. New energy patterns have been developed and ripples throughout our being. I have seen this throughout my studies and now with teaching. Curious?
Our next class: Moon Light Qi Gong begins January 10th at the Takoma Park Community Center. Class size is limited. Sign up here today. Let us create the conditions together to give our systems & our health the energy needed to change.
Photo courtesy of NASA Gooddard Space Flight Center