Relax, focusing on sinking and spiraling. Observe your body in motion and at rest. How does it expand – contract?
Hope this can help your practice.
Oh yes, and how arguing fails to bring us close to truth of any kind and certainly doesn’t bring us to peace at all. The way to peace is felt-to not thought-through.
I always like how Ajahn Brahm’s teachings are quite practical and funny. And I really like this talk because I see myself, how often I am tempted to argue or do argue… stopping arguing is quite a practice. For me, it involves continuously trying to let go of my sense of my self and my very important ideas. It also makes me really wonder about this whole PhD proposition…
I’ll end with this idea that sticks with me from the talk – that is, what kind of world are we creating if we argue who’s faith is better, who’s religion is better or more true? It seems we only create a world of arguing people not a world of peaceful people.
When we stop thinking, then we can FEEL peaceful. Don’t agree? That’s okay with me. I’ll not argue about it. And that from a dirty-old, opinionated Yankee (reformed)!
RoK Teasely drew the night away at Calm Chicago as part of last night’s 2nd Friday festivities.
All you had to do was give him three words and he’d make you a drawing, an idea he calls, “Drawing Out Souls.”
He made some lovely pictures and people really seemed to love the work made just for them on the spot.
If you missed your chance to get a drawing, no worries. RoK will be back next month for 2nd Friday, July 13th 6-10pm!
Also, don’t forget, tomorrow Calm Chicago has 18-Form Qigong from 9:30-10:15, then tai chi from 10:30-11:30 in the morning. Hope to see you there.
This is the first in a series of 18-videos breaking down how to do the form, along with tips on how to learn, practice and make the lessons of qigong practical and accessible in your every day life.
I hope this may help you on your journey to your best self as you learn to exercise both the body and mind. And of course, I use the word “self,” as a practical matter of speaking. I’m not suggesting that we get too attached to any form of exercise as a way of making our Self Bigger and having a big ego only that, in order to really enjoy life, living wisely, compassionately and with clarity borne of confidence, having health in mind and body is highly recommended.
When the body is out of shape or in pain, it really brings the mind down.
Let know what you think? I hope this proves useful.
Peace and happiness for all,
Mind too busy to sit or stand?
Then do some tai chi or qigong. It’s helps to settle the mind down. To train the mind to observe … only observe. Not offer analysis. Not engage in conversation. No useless chit chat.
Just allow the mind to begin to find its natural state … quiet, empty, blissful no matter what. Not sticking to moments, opinions, carving the world up into bits we like and bits we dislike.
What ever life kicks up. Stress. Anger. Jealousy. Greed. Defensiveness. and so on … we can let it all go with more meditation.
Will it go away all at once? I don’t know. Not for me so far…but I can tell you this. The more I practice, the more life gets simpler and more peaceful, not only for me but those around me too.
Wishing peace and happiness to all beings.
(xian huang) hillary johnson
Dharma name given by my teacher, Master Ji Ru
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Qigong / Meditation
Tai Chi / Meditation
Sunday 10-11 a.m.
Beginner classes offer a gentle introduction to 18-form qigong, Yang 24 form taiji and meditation.
Qigong / Meditation
Tai Chi / Meditation
Sunday 11 – noon
Advanced students are encouraged to attend beginner classes. Their study continues Sundays with advanced taiji, qigong and meditation training.
Tai Chi / Qigong:
in Ping Tom Park (weather permitting) otherwise we meet in the center on Lumber St.
Wednesday and Friday 7 a.m.
30 minutes – $15
all levels welcome
No special clothing required, just sneakers. Go straight to work from class!
Drop-In Tuition: Want to try a class out? Students may pay drop-in tuition $20 for any open class.
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Let’s see if I can put it into words.
Every day I get up at 5:30 and do some qigong, tai chi and standing meditation to start the day. What happened was, as I looked at the clock on the wall in the center, I knew there was only 40 minutes to practice. At 6:40 a.m. I HAD to be DONE, because the drive to work can take a long time. The Deadline? Be at the desk no later than 8:30. But as often happens with tai chi and meditation, it feels so good and I want to stay and keep going.
But, if I kept going, I’d be late for work. And that would cause a lot of suffering and trouble for not only for me with the boss, but for colleagues who rely on my presence to get their jobs done.
So, at 6:40 I turned off the light and locked the door to the center. I walked to my car carrying my breath and mind in each step, full and empty, full and empty.
There was the pleasure of a clear mind from practice and the knowledge that the decision to stick to the schedule was a benefit to me and those around me.
Do you have times like that? Where you have something you have to do but would rather do something else? How does that play out for you? Are some times harder than others to be disciplined with? Why is that?