Which brings me to the power of emotion or "energy in motion". Emotions often carry a stigma and we tend to hide our vulnerability from the world, wishing to be in control at all times, positively and happily going about our business. Yet, without feeling the full spectrum of emotions, life would be static; its the strength of this energy-in-motion, this "vulnerability" that helps us learn and grow. Anger and sadness/depression are a call for change, sometimes we have to FEEL and release those emotions in order to know, decide, act and create what we desire in life, and also to become aware of the miracles that are already present in our life, ultimately bringing us closer to our spirit.
In TCM each season has it's corresponding vulnerable organ, contrasting emotion and colour: Winter: kidneys- fear/gratitude, dark blue; Spring ~ liver-anger/happiness, green; Summer ~ heart-hatred/joy, red; Late Summer ~ stomach-anxiety/peace, yellow; Fall ~ lungs-grief/sadness/appreciation, white. Armed with this knowledge we may use the practice of Spring Forest Qigong to work with the energy of the seasons, using different exercises, colours and techniques to balance and optimize our energy on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. For example, in the Fall we could help clear, energize and nourish our lungs, emotions and spirit by simply focusing our attention on our lungs, breathing deeply as we visualize white sparkling light coming through every pore of our skin, and feeling "appreciation" in our heart for the gifts of breath, clean air, and perhaps even for this fresh sparkling snow!
As we are now in the heart of Fall it's important to discuss some of the opportunities we have to prepare our lungs for Winter (in addition to thinking about snow tires ;-). This is a wonderful time to get outside and inspire fresh air, expanding and healing our entire breathing system, lungs, skin and digestive system (large intestine), all part of the lung meridian system. Wear layers so that you can expose your skin to the sunlight and take your exercise outside as often as possible. My favourite places to practice Qigong are by a river or in the mountains! Can you FEEL it?!
It's also a great time to commit to exercise classes so that you will continue to be active throughout the Fall and Winter, with the bonus of spending time with community. With the afflictive emotions of Fall being grief and sadness, it's wise not to isolate ourselves as some of us may tend to do when the weather is uncomfortable. Our SFQ community is expanding daily and attracts many open-hearted and compassionate leaders and practitioners (those who practice qigong). See SFQ meet-up below for both registered and drop in classes.
Expand your lungs and energy with these simple Qigong tips for Fall:
Warm-up: Flat-footed Bouncing outside or in sunny window with a SMILE on your face. Breathe while envisioning healing light coming through every pore of your skin.
Exercise: Breathing of the Universe - VIDEO below centre.
Cupping: Shoulder Tip Points and C7 (See photo on left), Collar bones - "Windows to the lungs".
Inside of Arms- cupping from underarm to wrists, starting with left arm, repeat on right.
Qi~ssage: Massage the energy point located on the underside of your forearm, 2 inches above the wrist joint in between the 2 main tendons. Massage in a circular motion, 7 times.
Massage the energy point right in the middle of your palm, about an inch and a half from the base of the middle finger. Start with the left arm and repeat with the right. Photo below.
*"May the light of a thousand suns shine through, live the life of grace that you were meant to."
~ *A Thousand Suns performed by Guru Ganesha Band and Paloma Devi see button link for video below.
Joyful blessings, Yvette ♥