Quiet your Mind Meditation

I really think this video captures the Spirit of Water in Kai Chi Do. Do the breath and the movement and your mind quiets, and your energy starts to flow.  Then your awareness expands and you feel connected to your Self and the Source of who you are.  Give it a try.

The music is “Tara” by K-Liv, available on Jamendo.com

Many Blessings!

Quiet your Mind Meditation


7 Minute Chi Workout with Friends and Seagulls

Here’s some raw footage from our sunrise Kai Chi Do on New Years Day.  It makes a great 7 minute workout.  I couldn’t help myself – I just leaped outta my chair and started rockin’ the Chi.  Maybe it’ll have the same effect on you.  The music is great!  The first segment is “aum nama shivaya” by Wizard of ozO, and the second is “Choir Assembled” by Danilo Mazzeo.  Both are available on www.jamendo.com and shared under a Creative Commons By-NC-SA license, so feel free to Share Alike!  Remember to breathe!

Many Blessings!


Listen to your body

Listen to your bodyAt the start of each Kai Chi Do session, Charles reminds us to listen to our bodies.  This is so important!

First of all, it’s so much more fun when we’re not pressuring ourselves to do more than what feels right.

Second, it helps us learn self-regulation, how we can modify the intensity of our own experience by varying our movements and breath.

And third, learning to listen to the signals of our body is part of what keeps us safe in the world.   The New York Times made this point strongly in an article this week entitled How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.

I don’t really know why people try to push themselves into positions (or places) that don’t feel good.  Is there some kind of rule that says you have to?  If someone, somewhere, made that rule and is trying to put that on you – just give your attention to your inner teacher instead.

And if you haven’t already checked them out, we have a few great old posts about doing Kai Chi Do the easy way.   We like easy.

Yoga in Nature’s Way photo by Tony Gladvin George on Flickr Creative Commons.

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Kai Chi Do Weekend Retreat – November 11-13th, 2011

The next Kai Chi Do Weekend Retreat will be held at the Flowering Heart Center in Clearwater, Florida on November 11 – 13th, 2011.

The Kai Chi Do Weekend is a discovery of your Path of Connection – what it feels like, how to get there, and how you can live there.  It’s about finding your Connection to your Source, your Self, and other people.

And – if you are interested in becoming a Kai Chi Do instructor, the Weekend Retreat is the first step.

Wanna know how to make the magic?  Join us!  Click here to Learn More…



Thanksgiving: The Yoga of Gratitude

The rare moment is not the moment
when there is something worth looking at,
but the moment when we are capable of seeing.
Joseph Wood Krutch


Flowers are coming to us.  I was talking a few weeks ago about how much I enjoy having fresh flowers in the house.  So Charles bought me flowers.  And we all ooohhed and aaahhed over how pretty they were.  And I pampered the arrangements.  And we placed them around the house, just to appreciate their beauty.  They always bring a smile.

We didn’t have any particular attachment to flowers.  We were just enjoying them. We didn’t mention it to anyone.  We weren’t angling to get flowers.  We didn’t send out a flower campaign or anything.   We were just appreciating them.

And the more we enjoyed them, the more flowers kept showing up.   Someone gave us a Smith and Hawken Amaryllis Bulb Kit.   Then someone gave us a magnificent blooming orchid plant with dozens of little white slipper flowers.  And Biana and Taz gave us two beautiful bouquets when they came to dinner – roses, baby’s breath, lilies, daisies, mums, ferns.  So many flowers, I was thinking, we really need to pick up a few more vases!  And, just today, a parent of one of Shanti’s friends said, I was going to bring you some flowers!

Our home is truly in bloom.

And we’re loving it.  So much beauty and life everywhere we look.  And from every one of those flowers we feel the gratitude and appreciation you have given us.

We love the lesson too.

Whatever you put your attention on, increases.  If you focus on what you love, you get more to love.  It’s not just for flowers – it’s for people too.  That’s really what appreciation is – It’s more than a thank you.  Appreciation is seeing the beauty in someone.

Just by acknowledging the beauty in someone, they get more beautiful.  Validation works miracles.  (Click this link to check out a sweet short story about getting validated.)

People just feel better and act better when you see the goodness in them.

Try it with your kids and you’ll see what we mean.

You feel uplifted when you see beauty.  They feel uplifted when you see beauty in them.  They might even be able to glimpse that beauty in themselves.  And you feel more connected to one another.

That’s the yoga of gratitude.  That feeling of union.

Energetically, when you’re grateful, your heart is open.  Energy flows freely within you and between you because you’re not rejecting anything.  Your focus defines your experience.  You keep your focus on what you appreciate, and only what you appreciate can come in.

That’s truly something to be grateful for.

Have a blessed Thanks Giving!  Use the Comments below to tell us what’s on your gratitude list this year!

Photo by jeancliclac at fotolia.com

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