My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”
― Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)
We have the amazing ability as humans to be resilient in the face of adversity. Just as our world is filled with stories of suffering, it’s equally filled with stories of resilience, of triumph and even joy. Sometimes when you’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to see or remember that there’s still so much the world has to offer us. If we are attuned to it, we can still find pleasure and beauty even in the smallest of things.
How do you build resilience in the face of so much in the world?
The word resilient is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as
An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
In physics, resilience is the ability of an elastic material (such as rubber or animal tissue) to absorb energy (such as from a blow) and release that energy as it springs back to its original shape. The recovery that occurs in this phenomenon can be viewed as analogous to a person’s ability to bounce back after a jarring setback.
In Chinese medicine, the art of Qi cultivation is a powerful way to build resilience.
Qi is usually translated as vital energy or life force. Qi is both simple and profound. Qi means all the things that make up the universe and hold it together. Qi represents the different functions and transformations of the human body, the world around us, and the whole universe. Qi flows inside of us, through us, and is all around us. Qi exists in every living thing.
There are many ways to cultivate Qi.
In acupuncture, we influence the balance and flow of Qi in the body to promote health.
Self-care practices such as meditation, acupressure, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are all powerful ways to cultivate your Qi.
The law of conservation of energy says that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but can only be transformed from one form to another.
When we practice meditation, acupressure, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, that’s what we’re doing, we are transforming one energy into another. We are creating resilience by practicing how to release energy that doesn’t serve us anymore and spring back to life.
The amazing thing is that Qi is accessible to everyone. Everyone has the ability to cultivate Qi to benefit your body, mind and spirit. You just have to learn to tap into it.
That’s why I love sharing information about how to help you cultivate your Qi.
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