Hello dear readers!
So far, I am doing well in bringing the sacred potency of Crestone Colorado back home to Virginia.
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For anyone not in the know, briefly, I just returned from Colorado where I was in a potent and very educational massage therapy program where we also did Chi Kung, Tai Chi and / or Kundalini Yoga every day for three months. It was awesome!
Of course I have my ups and downs – driving 1800 miles in three days and two nights for instance, was not easy, and it requires rest time to integrate and get my body back in sync with the local rhythms! I’m slowly getting there.
With that said however, today is a good day so far!
Woke up with the dog barking so I let her out (my parent’s dog). 8:30 am
Fed her and then went outside to do some Chi Kung. Did the 8 Brocades this morning – which it turns out, is also the sped-up version of a technique called Ba Dua Jin – a Chi Kung style rumored to cause its practitioners to be invincible (side note – that is if the person practices all of the Ba Dua Jin set which has apparently been partially lost with time). Anyway… did some good connecting with my foundations, standing in the sun, being the connection between heaven and earth and then rooting down into Mother Earth. 9:30 am
Dug through my parent’s barn where some of my stuff is stored and unearthed my juicer. Made Pineapple, Granny Smith apple, beet and ginger juice for breakfast. That was yummy! I also sang some prayers and mantras into the ingredients to bless the juice. This is a combination I must remember – nectar of the gods! I felt like I was right back in Hawaii (my birthplace).
As you may or may not know, it is good to bless your food and drink. Offer it light and if you have a connection to a spiritual lineage, then say prayers of blessing. Be grateful and try to have joy in your heart to connect with these delicious ingredients! Fake it if you must. I say this because it is not just what you eat, but how you eat it that matters for the Chi intake. I fully believe that we will get more out of any food we take in if we bless it and offer it light and love. (I realize this sounds way out there, but there are many stories of people – saints – who were thrown in prison and only given rotten bread or simple porridge to eat. But after blessing their “food” they regained robust health in spite of their conditions! So no, I’m not a saint, but I can fake it until I make it!)
By the time I had given juice to my parents and my brother and cleaning everything up, it was 11 am.
Then I drove to the local farmer’s market where I purchased some kale and some basil plants for my mother to plant. And here I sit, typing this curious missive.
This afternoon I am very excited to be picking up a set of hot stones – for hot stone massage. I learned a special technique in Colorado where a shaman taught us how to work with the energy meridians of the body while doing Hot Stone massage. It is more like Hot Stone Shiatsu – it is awesome!
So I will pick up my new stones, work with them, talk to them, put them in a mesh bag and put them in the full mountain stream to clean them and infuse them with good pure mountain Chi. Then in a few days I will be ready to practice Hot Stone Massage with people!
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