Qigong (also spelled chi kung and pronounced as chee-gung) is the study and practice of cultivating your own life-force energy through various techniques that include breathing, postures, meditations, and visualization. It has been used in China for over 3,000 years as a self-healing system with the ?rst and foremost bene?t being the relief or prevention of chronic health problems. The range of maladies that have been helped by qigong and have been researched and recorded include cancer, internal organ ailments, poor circulation, nerve pain, back and joint problems and general physical diseases, in addition to mental and emotional issues.
Our new year was blessed with Master Angela Yan’s ten day visit to our home. The profound Dharma stories that come rolling through her day and night slip in and out of my mind like heat from the fire and the taste of good things. Days begin with bowing and chanting followed by eggs, porridge, toast, jam, butter, coffee, and lots of unknown fermented veggies. Along with non-stop conversations like this:
If you do not have time to do nothing, you are not wealthy at all. Take the time to enjoy your life. That is wealth’ she’d say.
One day Angela decides she would like to get a massage, another day go to the spa, and then she mentions she’d like to do a workshop.
Words capture so little of the truth about extraordinary events, and to be honest, I hesitate to dilute how I feel from our retreat in a mountain Temple of Wutai Shan, China. Yes, I’m used to coming home stirred and happily out-of-sorts from deep ceremony, but this time, having taken a plunge into the refuge of temples, sacred chants, and boundless tea, I feel like a puzzle piece still assembling unknown mysteries.
How do you capture the fragrance and unfurling plume of fine sandalwood incense, or the taste of rare puer tea that causes your heart to float in heavenly realms? How can you remember being locked into the fathomless depth of a teacher’s eyes? Perhaps we do keep memory imprints of such times, and maybe we bury moments of peace and love into the soil of our minds so we can recognize certain vibrations and water these frequencies until they bloom on their own again and again.