Breathe Deeply with QiGong to a Peaceful Heart
By Karen Steinbrecher
QiGong practice brings us into the present moment through our intention, as we place our attention upon our breath and movement.
Breathe deeply. After this challenging winter, we are so grateful for this, the Season of Spring. In the Asian Medicine System, the months of Spring ( Feb. 3-May 4) correspond to the Wood energy, focusing on the Liver and the Gall Bladder ( organs that clear toxins). This month of May for us includes the Wood energy and the Fire energy (includes the Heart). Through the breath we slow down and focus; we feel our connection to the plants and flowers and trees around us that provide oxygen as we inhale, our exhalation of carbon dioxide, providing for them. This simple act of breathing connects us to the world around us. It brings us in touch with our body and soul in such a complete way, connecting us to the circle of life.
A Chinese proverb says “….resilient people are like trees bending in the wind.”
Here at the Resiliency Center, Karen practices and teaches healing forms of QiGong combining gentle movement with focus on mental intent. The mental intent is to increase our vitality, and the capacity for inner calm to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Like trees bending in the wind, QiGong movements flow in a rhythmic and peaceful way to resiliency. This spring you may have noticed the movement, at first subtle, then more fluid, of plants emerging and the trees and foliage leafing out, then flowering. Along with this movement has been much ‘hustle and bustle’, some of it chaotic with people, and at places. QiGong can help us move through this chaos to that peaceful place within. Embrace this ‘chaos’ with the natural energies around you. Practicing QiGong helps with flexibility, to ultimately experience the freedom of your being.
In this age of ‘hustle and bustle’ people may not take the time to enjoy life and one another.
Think about loving one another. In the spring we often sing about Love. As we flow through our lives, let us think and be positive, nurturing and kind to one another and to all things. Master Li, a great QiGong Master gives a saying: “Love is the essence of QiGong….if we do not do it for love, it is meaningless”, will not last or have any real consequence in the grand scheme of life. The experience of Qi ( life essence, energy) can be electric, magnetic and it can have warmth. Let us embrace warmth in loving, not only one another, but oneself. The Fire energy in May focus upon the Heart; “may the Heart shine its radiance on the kingdom….for when the Heart is at ease the body is healthy.”
Dance healing QiGong with me.
Join me at The Resiliency Center for QiGong classes
every Thursday from 2:00 – 2:45 pm and every 2nd and 4th Friday at noon. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Register by calling me at 215-836-7184 or emailing me at email@example.com
Spring into Wellness with Teens
By Tracey Smith-Diggs
Last year three high school students and two college freshman students took on the challenge of addressing their wellness and leadership skill needs. Tracey Smith-Diggs facilitated the Teen Esteem Wellness Leadership workshops held at the Resiliency Center
. The five workshops objectives included areas such as: to increase self-esteem, self- care, and resiliency, to improve conflict transformation skills, to improve communication skills and the ability to make positive choices, to improve character and developmental assets. Students were able to identify for themselves wellness activities they do to help relieve stress as well as researched the different healing modalities offered at the Resiliency center.
Here is what some of the students had to say about their experience:
“I need peace to maintain a healthy lifestyle”
“I like running, learning about herbs, healthy eating, time to myself, and peace of mind”
“When I first went to the center, my first thought was, ‘Wow, it is so quiet here.’ It took me awhile to adjust to the environment and I ended up liking it! The calming atmosphere allowed me to think clearly and feel at ease. Eventually, whenever I left the center I would feel a sense of relaxation, and it would carry me through the rest of the day.”
Teen Esteem: Wellness & Leadership workshops are starting again soon on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5 pm.
To register students from grades 9th – 12th, contact Tracey Smith-Diggs
, M.Ed. at 215-605-3221. Fee is $10.00 per session. Discounts for pre-payment or attending more than 3 workshops in the series.
Schedule of Workshops
5/4 – I have to Do Me!
5/11 – Lead On
5/18 – Your Communication Has Flava
5/25 – That’s The Spirit!
6/1 – Heart, Hands, Legs and Feet
Professional Development Series May Programs
An Integrative Approach to Working with Trauma Survivors
Friday, 5/7, 9 am – 4 pm
An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy
Friday, 5/14, 9 am – 4 pm
Somatic Practices for the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Friday, 5/14, 9 am – 4 pm
Using Music & Creative Arts to work through Emotional Blocks in Therapy
Friday, 5/21, 9 am – 4 pm
> Download our Spring Development Series Brochure