Last week I taught some simple qigong exercises to a group of psychotherapists on their lunch break. The balancing movements, breath awareness, and laughter helped exercise our bodies while clearing our minds and lifting our spirits. They left smiling and ready to tackle several afternoon sessions.
If you are looking for a quick qigong workout, try this 18-minute simple session: Go here for free access.
If you are not inclined to exercise in this way, I strongly suggest a daily walk. Breathe the spring air, smell the earth and trees, listen to the birds. It will help clear your mind of whatever muddle you might be in.
Spring is the season of creativity. Do you have an unfinished project or a new idea for one? Plan to do it. If it is a big one, set weekly goals to finish by the fall. Use the energy of the season to share your gifts with the world.
Getting back to the class I taught, here is one final reflection on qigong and how it relates to acupuncture:
Both acupuncture and qigong work to get the circulation of blood and qi moving in a healthier way. They can cool down the stress hormone (cortisol) from coursing through the blood. The result of these techniques, when effectively administered and received, is a sense of calm and peacefulness. This perspective allows us to make choices that are in our best interest: in our lives, in our relationships, in our self-care.
Here is to a productive and healthy spring!