Are you stressed out, feeling stuck or just want to create more balance and flow in your life?
My father and I began studying qigong together in 2008, in what was to be his last year of life. We had been on a long journey with various cancers for the past 15 years. An athlete in his youth, he wanted to stay physically active even while his physical strength was declining. I had just had foot surgery and weight bearing was not an option, so QiGong was the perfect choice for father and daughter as many postures and movements can be done from a seated position and some can even be done prone, while lying down.
I am grateful to our teacher Maxine Forrester Guenther; and my teachers since then and the masters whose teachings I study: Roger Jahnke and Mingtong Gu. I often think of QiGong as ‘the medicine is in the movement’ and mindful movement. I consider myself a student of QiGong, I look forward to continuing this beautiful practice well into my advanced years.
Soul Protective Factor™
It is the current medical and scientific wisdom that we protect the largest organ in our body, our skin from the overexposure to what can be harmful damage to our skin caused by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. We are being taught to provide this daily protection by the correct application of creams, lotions, cosmetics that contain SPF or Sun Protective Factor. The latest news coming from medical and scientific circles suggests that we apply the appropriate amount of SPF on a daily basis year round. For argument’s sake, let’s suppose that the underlying premise is true, that once our skin has been nourished by the right exposure to sunlight; it is for our best and highest good to nurture and protect our largest organ by the daily judicious and correct application of a moisturizing cream containing the appropriate SPF.
It occurred to me during meditation that our souls are in need of our own daily dose of S.P.F. or Soul Protective Factor™. Personally, I find an ideal time to apply my own S.P.F. is before my day becomes too involved or before the ego, the to do list, or my inner judge wakes up and gets a hold of me; checking emails; EMR (Electronic Medical Records) or any of the morning tasks that tend to take hold and are hard for me to shake loose.