Lakes resting one on the other:
The image of THE JOYOUS.
Thus the superior man joins with his friends
For discussion and practice.
A lake evaporates upward and thus gradually dries up; but when two lakes are joined they do not dry up so readily, for one replenishes the other. It is the same in the field of knowledge. Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalizing force. It becomes so only through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of life. In this way learning becomes many—sided and takes on a cheerful lightness, whereas there is always something ponderous and one sided about the learning of the self-taught.
I Ching, 58. The Joyous, Lake
Wellness Qigong and Tai Chi
What is Qigong?
The word Qigong is composed of two Chinese words: Qi and Gong.
Qi translates literally as air or breath, and refers to the vital energy, or life force, that is inherent in all things.
Gong refers to any committed practice that requires hard work and sustained effort.
Qigong, then, means "energy practice" or "energy cultivation." It is a centuries old discipline that has been practiced for generations in China by those seeking to live a long, healthy, balanced life.
Qigong is ingeniously designed to benefit the practitioner in three essential areas: Body, Mind and Spirit.
BODY: Qigong's slow, gentle movements stretch, loosen and strengthen the muscles, sinews and bones of the body, while massaging the organs and increasing blood flow. Qigong's deep, controlled breathing energizes the lungs and enriches the blood with oxygen. Because the movements are slow and deliberate, body awareness is enhanced and balance improves. And the increased activity of the respiratory, circulatory and lymphatic systems brings fresh, clean energy into the body while flushing out accumlulated toxins and their negative residue.
MIND: A focused Qigong practice will clear and calm the mind. The meditative nature of the exercises brings deep relaxation, which helps to relieve mental fatigue and dispel worry and fear. At the same time, the increased oxygen and blood flow nourishes the brain, greatly improving mental clarity and acuity.
SPIRIT: Over time, regular Qigong practice quiets the spirit and cultivates a sense of peace and well—being. As the body and mind become healthier and more relaxed, the spirit is nourished with increasingly positive energy. As you clear the body and mind, you gradually clear the spirit. Eventually—free from tension, illness, anxiety, fatigue and fear—you become more open and receptive to the divine energy that will flow freely in, through and from you. The true success of commited Qigong practice comes when the benefits enjoyed by the practitioner can be shared with others.