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Embodied and Present

Embodied and Present

2020 has been a year that has tested us to the max. There has been the covid pandemic, renewed racial awareness, civic unrest, unruly political debates, increased fires and hurricanes. Many people have lost loved ones and their homes. There is a lot of grieving, fear, anger and resistance going on inside. Each of us has our own way of reacting and coping which may look like numbing out, getting distracted, complaining and criticizing, ignoring our feelings, over-working or getting lost in overwhelm.

How can we let go of reactivity and respond from a place of feeling truly present, authentic, and grounded in our physical being? I do not have answers, but I do know that we have many resources. Being comfortable and present in our bodies is one of the most tangible and least considered. To relax into the body with increased awareness of its messages and be able to shake off stress to release the nervous system is an important skill. When we relax, we can soften, open, change patterns and feel spacious in the body and mind. In this spaciousness we can find a fresh connection to ourselves, each other, and current life events. Even if we touch  into this greater source of inner spaciousness and creativity regularly for just a few moments at a time, we start to see that we can respond to outer chaos with greater confidence, better boundaries, and a steady sense of inner presence.

Beginning this Monday evening, Oct 5, I am offering a six week group for women to facilitate feeling embodied and present. It meets for three Mondays in October and three in November. We will practice movement with self-awareness in the form of qigong shaking and acupressure points to open key energy centers and sitting meditation to guide the mind away from distress and towards a deeper sense of inner vitality and presence. We will also have time to share our struggles, inspirations and creativity with each other.

This group meets from 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm. For exact dates and to register, click here: https://www.moonandlotus.com/event/monday-night-womens-self-care-and-meditation-group/

You can also watch videos for shaking and tapping to release stress here. https://www.moonandlotus.com/acupuncture-and-counseling/self-care-acupressure/

Warmly,

Kamala

Question for the Week before Solstice

Question for the Week before Solstice

I’d like to propose a question for this week, and that is: How am I doing what I’m doing? In other words, what is my inner attitude while I am performing an action?

For example, is my nose to the grindstone, am I acting in a hurried manner or preoccupied with something else? Am I pressuring myself to do something or to accomplish something, subtly criticizing myself or someone else, or am I nervously or worriedly doing something? How about am I happily or gratefully doing something, am I doing it in a relaxed way?

I caught myself sitting to meditate this morning with an inner attitude that was tight, like a duty, “I need to do this.” When I realized it (mostly by becoming aware of my body and thought patterns) I decided to “relax” and “open” instead. I’d rather be in the space of I want to meditate vs I have to.

I was sitting outside in the morning and it was beautiful. I had only noticed that peripherally so far because my mind was preoccupied. So I took a couple breaths and repeated “relax” and “open” a few times. My body softened and so did my mind. My thoughts slowed down. I relaxed into the beauty of the morning, and my gratefulness to be alive and well. I listened to the birds singing, looked at the vibrant colors, inhaled the fresh smells.

By focusing on what I was taking in with my senses, my body and attitude shifted. My awareness began to expand gradually and naturally into a meditative head space. I felt more present within and I sensed the subtle presence of my teachers and guides in the spaciousness of the moment. I asked myself, “what would my problems feel like if I were on the moon right now?” The answer was “very different.”

Have a great day and week enjoying the fullness and build-up to solstice on Saturday.

Kamala

Original Face

Original Face

Today I’m preparing for the international facial workshop I’m giving  (May 28, 11 am- 1pm, free) and I’m contemplating about Original Face, a concept in Daoism and Buddhism which points to knowing ourselves as the cosmic qi and essence that is present in us before we are born. Returning to our original face is another way of pointing us towards realizing who we really are at heart. Here is a quote from Lillian Bridges, who is a Chinese face reading expert.

“According to Deng Ming-Dao in his book Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony, the very ancient pictogram (Chinese character) for Dao shows a character on the left that means run and another that shows a leg or them movement of running below. The character on the right is a face with hair on top. This face is the Original Face and when you know it, it allows you to follow your life’s purpose, which I can the “Golden Path.” In other words, when you know who you are and who you came in as, you can find the virtuous action “Te” (like in Tao Te Ching) that allows you to complete your destiny (“Ming”) and become your best future or golden self. This is classic Taoist Alchemy.”

So I sat in meditation today and asked myself and the universe, “what is my Original Face?” I repeated it several times, quieted my mind and made it my intention to know more about my inner essentialness. Gradually my mind went back to childhood memories and my face and expressiveness as a child. I had memories of growing up in an Italian-American family. My grandparents were immigrants. Travelers from a different culture. I remembered an insight that I had in the past that my purpose was to share information across cultures. One example is how in the US, I share information from my deep study of yoga philosophy, Chinese medicine, and Daoism.

This current facial workshop with my co-presenter from Italy and participants from the US and Italy is another attempt to share cross cultural information and connect people from different parts of the world. No doubt that is why I am enjoying the process so much.

So, I invite you to contemplate the same question and see what happens. I sent this letter to the women in my Monday Night Women’s Qigong Group, because our theme is women and manifestation which connects with internal earth element energy. Centering and aligning yourself to discover your clear intention and manifesting that in the outside world is part of leading from a deeper center within.

I look forward to hearing your insights in the comments section. Let’s share our wisdom

With warm qi,

Kamala

PS: If you want to participate in the Love Your Face workshop, or the Monday Night Women’s Qigong group (open to new members in June) let me know in the comment section below.

Self-Care Acupressure to Boost Immunity

Self-Care Acupressure to Boost Immunity

The following video is a recording of my online presentation which talks about the immune system from a Chinese medicine perspective, a western medicine view of how the covid-19 virus affects lung cells, and a demonstration of the acu-points done in China for health care providers to boost their immune system. In this presentation I show how you can stimulate the points with finger pressure and also with an essential oil blend and a heat source (hair dryer). I also demonstrate qigong shaking to relax tension and increase circulation and general vitality. Feel free to share this video link with anyone in your network. To Your Health!

Kamala

I Believe My Body Can Heal

I Believe My Body Can Heal

I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the hospital room. On the door was a sign that said please talk to the nurse before entering. She has been living with ovarian cancer for more than a year, keeping it under control with chemotherapy. She has a lot to live for because she has two young daughters. Recently the cancer got much worse and damaged her intestines. The holes in the intestine were patched in surgery and tubes are helping them drain. I heard that she was on hospice and they thought she would pass last week, but she rallied.

I went to the nurse’s station and said that I would like to visit. The nurse was very cheerful and asked how I knew her. Then she knocked on the door and opened it to tell her I was there. I was greeted by a big smile and a bright face. “Thank you for coming.” Inside were three other young women friends who were smiling and upbeat. Not the situation I had feared before entering.

I sat beside her bed and she filled me in about recent events. “I’m on hospice now,” she said, “but I’m hoping to get off. I had to come in for the surgery and to get the pain under control. They told me I only had 72 hours, but here I am! There is some skepticism that the holes in my intestine will heal on their own.” Then she motioned me to get a little closer and said, “But I’m keeping my focus. I believe my body can heal.” She said it as if it were a secret that not everyone would agree with.

She has always had a strong inner light and determination to heal, and here it was still beaming. Her body looked very thin and she wore a bandana around her forehead. Above that there was very little hair. But her eyes were bright. and she was very much alive. “You have always been a strong woman,” I said. “Your inner light is shining brightly.”

I asked her if there was a plan now. She said, “They think I don’t need full hospital care, but the tubes make it a little tricky. The girls are going back to school tomorrow. When I thought I only had a few days to live I wanted them by me.”

When I stood to leave, I told her that I was going to send her light every day to support her own. As I walked out of the room and down the hall, I felt inspired to see her optimism in such dire circumstances. I felt the strength of her inner spirit and her will to live. I want to support that. We are alive until we are not. We can help hold the candle for each other.

If you are reading this today, I hope you will take a moment and see her, and all the people in the hospital, bathed in the healing light of love.

Thank you.

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