The Twelve Days of a Green Christmas – Tenth Day

On the tenth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…ten qigong lessons…nine mystery plants…eight light bulbs…seven milkweed plants…a six pack of beer…five pairs of slippers…four chocolate bars…three holly trees…two vent fans…and a new doorbell!

I guess my green friend thinks I should do more for a healthier wellness lifestyle in 2017.  Although I walk 4-7 miles every day I slowed down on my yoga practice as demands in other areas of my life increased…like cleaning up and repairing after Hurricane Matthew’s visit in October. My green friend and I have discussed, in length, the benefits of yoga, which I have practiced off and on since the 70’s, Tai Chi and Qigong.

Tai Chi and Qigong are both forms of martial arts…with different focuses. Several of the martial arts are considered “hard arts”…focusing the energy outward whereas Qigong is considered a “soft art” which directs the energy inward.  If you were to create a seesaw with the “hard arts” on one end and the “soft arts” on the other you would probably find Tai Chi in the middle…a mixture of directing the energy outward and inward.

Qigong from Mawangdui Silk Paintings Photo Credit: Qigong Institute

The Qigong Institute describes Qigong as a mind and body wellness practice integrating movement, posture, breathing, and awareness in a new category of exercise called “moving meditation”. Because of its very long history, there are thousands of styles of qigong — some very ancient, some more contemporary. Some forms of qigong combine slow movements with guided mental focus; others include standing or sitting meditation; still others focus on breathing or lying down relaxation. While you can learn different yoga postures and Tai Chi movements online or with videos Qigong is best learned from a certified Qigong practitioner. One of the more important reasons to work with a certified practitioner is to assist you in which form of Qigong is the most appropriate form for your particular health concerns.

I am excited about 10 Qigong lessons especially since I have blamed my fatigue, odd sleeping patterns and food cravings on the time change a couple months back.  I have also been going at a higher”pace” since Hurricane Matthew created quite a bit of work for me.  I think the issues I am experiencing might be related to more than normal fatigue.  Fortunately my green friend knows I won’t take any medications and will explore any and all natural remedies first!  Let me know if you practice Qigong and if you have found it helpful with your health issues.

If this is the first post you have read of my green rendition of the Twelve Days of a Christmas and you can’t figure out what the heck I am writing about or why I’m writing about the Twelve Days after Christmas, click here to read how this all began. I hope you join me tomorrow for the Eleventh Day of a Green Christmas!


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