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Recently Stanford’s Jeffery Pfeffer has elaborated on studies showing that workplace stress is the number 5 cause of death in the US. Number FIVE!
This fact alone is enough to do something to relieve your on the job stress.
What does this do to one’s focus, productivity and teamwork?
“People can only do effective and productive work when they know how best to manage energy, time and attention. All three are vital if one wants to be productive on a daily basis and succeed in their endeavors.” (Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement). In our new class Energize Your Work, we will focus on managing energy and attention with proven practices and strategies, which allows for a better use of time. Drawing from our personal experience with mindfulness traditions & the healing art of Qi Gong*, we will guide participants to cultivate positive responses and serenity to ongoing professional pressures. By nourishing energies with Qi Gong and mindfulness practices throughout the work day benefits will extend throughout participants lives and the lives of those they serve.
By learning how to improve responses to stress, better decisions are made, more effective leadership is developed and a longer healthier life becomes available..
Think you're too busy to take this course? Think again.
Think you’re too stressed? Probably.
There’s good news for you - Energize Your Work class begins in May and will be useful to you and your colleagues, no matter what type of work you do.
Class begins Wednesday May 2 at 7 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center. For more information and to register.
This is a special day for me, an auspicious day. A good day to reflect on gratitude for my body, my parents, my life.
Our meditation reading this morning was from Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Other Shore (p. 38): “Today physicists agree that matter is not solid but full of space. The atoms that make up our body are mostly space, and are not static at all – they have electrons orbiting a nucleus at thousands of kilometers a second. Looking deeply into our feelings, we see something similar. Feelings are fields of energy and are constantly changing. In the same way, our perceptions, mental formations and consciousness are also ever-changing, flowing rivers.”
How true this is! I can feel the flow of energy in my body, mind and feelings, especially during Qi Gong practice, meditation, dance and deep connections with other people and nature. It becomes more obvious as we age that our bodies are not static, immobile, unchanging. We change in every muscle, every cell every moment. How exciting that quantum physics is able to explain to us today what meditators have experienced in their own bodies for centuries. Movement, change, space where we see only solid mass.
I can see my body as a flowing river of energy, my feelings as sparks of energy that change so quickly, my life as energy that is being constantly transformed and connected to other forms of energy, other people, experiences and forms of life. The teaching that we are never born and never die makes sense.
What a joy to experience the flow of life today, to feel gratitude for each precious moment.
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
The beautiful gentle flowing movements of Qi Gong are incredibility powerful and nourishing. Why is this? The understanding beneath these movements guide and assist the practitioner to open & unblock the meridians or energy pathways of the body. Simple yet profound changes ensue. As one practices over time, these subtle energy shifts continue to foster peace in our body and mind. Practicing Qi Gong allows us to care for both the physical and the psychological aspects of our stressful lives.