For the past few days I have been listening to presentations by a variety of speakers on the Winter of Wellness Telesummit of The Shift Network. I've found it very interesting and, best of all, it's free! I highly recommend checking it out.
Today I listened to Master Mingtong Gu speak on Qigong, a practice that has interested me for many years, but that for some reason or another I have never been able to begin. This time I think I will accept the special discounted offer for Winter of Wellness listeners and sign up for a four class series online in February - and to think that I lived in San Francisco for 33 years and in person classes are held at his Chi Center in San Rafael! I guess it wasn't the right time.
One of the first things Master Mingtong said today resonated for me. He said, more or less, that the message of the year of the Water Dragon, which began on the 23rd, is about letting go of resistance and going with the flow. For me this means to quit resisting being here, thinking constantly whether I should have done this or not, and fantasizing about where I will go next or where I would rather be. I need to just be here until I am here... sink in, settle in.
I definitely have the time to practice something while I'm here, like Qigong. I would also like to get organized, drag out all my supplies and start making art again, but I think that all these dogs and the fire tending activities are using up my energy. In the meanwhile I spend a lot of time gazing out the window at the wind, rain, hail and snow that take quick turns putting on their show.