Kai Chi Do: Helping teens find their center

Kai Chi Do Instructor Francine Brown has been leading a group of teenagers in a series of Kai Chi Do classes.  I think Kai Chi Do gives them the experience of getting above some very tough circumstances and taking their power back, deciding for themselves how they want to feel.  Kai Chi Do gives them a tool to find their center.  Here’s what Francine said:

3rd Class with the teens:
I woke up with love and purpose in my heart Wednesday morning, all the fears from the week before had dropped away. As I come back each week I learn how important it is to live in integrity and show up and do what you are called to do. I may not know their names but I know their faces, I know their struggles, and I help them find their smiles and just let go, even if for just a moment. For some a moment of peace is enough to keep them going and rejuvenating their faith, reminding them they are not what they are going through and it too shall pass.

An added surprise at this week’s class there were two little girls about age 3-4 who where at the picnic tables with their mom. As soon as we started they were at the edge of the circle doing the movements with us. Even after the mom took them over to the play ground the 4yr old came back over to the edge and was rocking her chi! I ask what age is too young for this work!? Can you imagine generations growing up with Kai Chi Do in their life from the start?

Also, after class I had one of the kids come up and ask for my playlist, (ego boost galore, what a wonderful compliment. For as I have expressed before, creating the playlists are my most challenging and rewarding part of this work) That being said, the more I do it the easier it has become.

At the end of this circle I was able to go around the circle and have each of them share their message, that wanted to , they were messages of: Never give up hope, may everyone be blessed, sleep, keep your head up, everyone is beautiful…

I love being a vessel to share this work, thank you Divine for using me.


Restoring Your Power

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards;

as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

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Sometimes the best way to restore your power is to give up.  It’s one of the little ironies of life.

I have to admit, that’s been my week.  Giving up felt a little sad at first, and then, gradually, it felt like a relief.

Trying too hard doesn’t get you better results.  It gets you frustrated and exhausted. You’re pushing, pushing, pushing – focused on what you don’t have. Pushing against, rejecting, what is.

One of the lessons of the physical and energetic experience of Kai Chi Do is this:  No force, No resistance.

When you push – no matter how well-intentioned you are, no matter how right you are – you evoke resistance.  Push people, they dig in.  Push life, get pushed back. Push harder, get clobbered.

The alternative is to yield.  Step out of the struggle.  It doesn’t mean you agree with something you think is wrong.  It just means you unhook your emotional attachment.  And find your own balance.

Giving up means accepting where you are, and doing what’s within reach – doing what you are able to do – taking the next logical step.

When you stop holding your breath, you get inspired.