Friday, March 27, 2009
How is Micah Krohn healthy?
I wake up early every morning so I have time for my daily practice - for starters, tea and toast with Sparky and the girls.
Then forty minutes of qigong (pronounced "chee gung", described below), twenty minutes of sitting meditation, and a walk around the hood or through the woods, again with Sparky and the girls. Throughout the day, I do little things (like lightening up and paying attention) to infuse my life with the benefits of meditation and the viewpoints shared by the Tibetan Buddhists.
Though I have not taken formal instruction, I am partial to the teachings of the Shambhala Community - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. It is an expansive, playful view with the key ingredient that you can just start where you are. So, ... everybody in the pool :D
Qigong is a Taoist health and longevity practice that combines stillness, breath, self-massage and gentle movements to cultivate and channel essential energies (known as jing, chi and shen) in specific ways that heal and strengthen our bodies. It feels like taking a shower from the inside out! (I'm a relative beginner, maybe it feels like something else later in the practice :D)
On June 6 and 7, there will be a beginners' level workshop in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood at the beautiful Center on Halsted. Our instructor, Eva Wong, has translated and written extensively on the Taoist arts of health, meditation, qigong and feng shui. Dr. Wong is a 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism and a 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan martial arts and Zhangzhuan.
Please join us.
-- Micah Krohn
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