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Dear readers, I got to lead a Somatics group yesterday on Zoom, and it went quite well! After completing a 90-day meditation retreat, I love how swiftly my body comes back into alignment and remembers what it is like to be comfortably in my head, heart and pelvis – in my clarity, compassion and potency! I say “comes back into alignment” because I am in the midst of moving… and due to unforeseen circumstances, I only had two weeks to get everything done. So that was a bit jarring. And now I am remembering who I truly am.
I can put down roots (anywhere – Qigong training), I can notice the resource of gravity – whether sitting or standing or lying down. Feeling the effects of gravity on the body is a grounding resource. My breath is always with me (until it is not). And I have many tools at my disposal to open my breath, to get in touch with my mediastinum (the fascia around the inside of the ribs, surrounding the heart and lungs and even going up into the throat) and to scan my body. I can be present as a body, as energy and as awareness itself. Rejoice! Because even in the midst of stagnant conditions, we can do something, we can gradually move toward well-being!
It is so beneficial and comforting to lean into a group for support. As the leader, I am more holding space and offering support, however I get to remember my humanity as my heart opens to what is being shared. Compassion springs from interacting with others, noticing other’s suffering and having empathy and desiring to benefit those who are having difficulty.
We did a grounding bodyscan meditation to start. Followed up with some Zapchen – Yawning and Egg Laying Breath, along with discussing how our relationship to resistance can change and shift for the better. We also did some creative opposition and we ended with a beautiful Mother Earth / Father Sky meditation. Wow that last one really shifted the energetic field – so much more settling and ease in spite of everything!
Thank you for the opportunity to teach Zapchen Somatics and other techniques from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Somatic Experiencing! (Yes, it is a dynamic group.) I love feeling into the heart of the group to see what the Field says is needed for that day. I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey takes us!
By the way, you can join us if you want. The class is on Tuesdays at 11 AM EDT (Washington DC time). You can join our Zoom group by going to this site and clicking the link to join a live class: https://www.jaydemaio.com/qigong
Also Jay’s other Qigong classes are awesome! He is a fantastic teacher! If you are new to qigong, start with his Sunday class. Maybe I will see you there!
May all sentient beings find inner resources for stability, kindness and clarity. May we be willing to look at the truth, to own what is ours and to lean into support to repair, release and heal old stuff.
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