Swimming Dragon & Monkey Magic
Qigong Starts This Week
II am so looking forward to seeing you again - and newbies too - at the 6pm Qigong class today and the Thursday session at 11am. The recurring Zoom login links are embedded in the buttons in this Newsletter.
The winter is the perfect time to be warming ourselves through practices connected to the element of fire that increase our own inner heat. And Swimming Dragon Qigong fits this bill perfectly.
In many traditions dragons breathe fire, which is heat coming from within. Swimming Dragon helps to cultivate our own inner warmth, both physically and emotionally. This Qigong form is connected to the element of fire and the heart with its warmth of loving kindness. It is a wonderfully fluid, sinuous practice that creates an inner glow, both in the body and emotionally through the outward flow of loving kindness from the heart.
Time for fun too. During the autumn we practiced some of the Animal Frolics Qigong: Deer, Tiger and Bear Frolics. To start our New Year practice we will visit the playful Monkey Frolics, which are also connected to the heart. Be prepared to make some Monkey Magic and have a bit of a giggle.
FREE Mindfulness Taster Monday 17th January at 6pm
You will find the latest addition to my vocabulary sprinkled around this newsletter: the word ’respair’. This is an old and long out of use word that means the opposite of despair. It refers a return to hope after a period of despondency.
One of the benefits of Mindfulness Training is learning skills that can gently enable the warmth of respair to become our everyday mode of being. Those of you who have participated on a Mindfulness Course will continue to deepen the benefits these courses offer on how we navigate the challenges and obstacles of daily life. How it is possible to move from despair to respair.
There is a Free Mindfulness Taster session this coming Monday 17th January at 6pm. Tell your friends, family and colleagues about it and encourage them to sample the how and what of mindfulness at this free session. Follow this link for further details and to secure a place at the Taster session.
Another word added to my vocabulary is “confelicity', which means our joy in another person’s happiness. On The Four Immeasurables Day of Retreat on Saturday 29th January we learn how to connect more skilfully with this quality through practising meditations and movements that enhance our capacity for appreciative joy, or confelicity.
And if you wish to know more wonderful words follow this link to a recent article in The Guardian about Sue Dent’s new book, Word Perfect.
PS The Thursday 6pm weekly Mindfulness Practice Sessions start this week too. See you then!