INDIAN SUMMER, and the Tranisition between all Seasons: Earth

As we pay attention to the natural rhythms of life, we easily attune and find harmony. Now it is time to turn our awareness to Late Summer / Indian Summer – the Earth Element. This is the interchange of all seasons, the Center. It is the point of transition from yang to yin, between the expansive growth phases of spring and summer, and the inward, cooler, more mysterious fall and winter seasons. This is a pleasant, tranquil, and flourishing season. One may feel as if time stops and activity becomes effortless, dreamlike. Unity, harmony, and the middle way are summoned between the extremes. The interchange between periods (the two equinoxes and two solstices are also buffers between seasons, governed by the Earth Element), represents pivotal pauses in the light patterns we experience from the sun, the center of our solar system.

To attune with late summer, listen and pay attention, to its subtle current. Find the rhythms and cycles that make life simple and harmonious, centered and balanced. Yellow and orange are the colors of the season. Chaotic, rigid, discordant conditions, whether mental or physical, can be transformed through centering practices such as qigong and tai chi.

Foods: Choose foods for each meal that are harmonizing and represent the center – mildly sweet foods, yellow or golden foods, round foods. Select foods known to harmonize the center – millet, corn, carrots, cabbage, garbanzo beans, soybeans, squash, potatoes, string beans, yams, fresh tofu, sweet potatoes, sweet rice, rice, amaranth, peas, chestnuts, filberts, apricots, cantaloupe. Prepare foods simply. Practice moderation as a guide – preparation, cooking time, temperature, methods, use of oils and water.

You may choose this time of interchange to practice a purification – a mild cleansing. Naturally, these practices may be followed at any time of year to support balanced and harmonious experiences.

The Earth Element’s related organs, the spleen-pancreas and stomach, are primarily responsible for digestion and distribution of food and nutrients /life experiences and how they nourish us. The qi energy and other essencesextracted from digestion are used by the body to create wei qi (say ‘way chee’) or immunity, vitality, warmth, and formation of the body’s tissue and mental functions.

In balance, we are able to nurture ourselves and others; feel strong, active, and stable. We have good appetite and digestion, endurance. We feel organized and orderly; attentive; creative with a flourishing sense of imagination.

What you can do: Nurture – yourself, others; allow yourself to be nurtured…spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Play six healing sounds qigong, standing practices to ground and send deep roots into the earth.

Enjoy Indian Summer. May life be rich, vibrant, harmonious, peaceful, easy, and creative!

Compassion in Action

Heather and Tanya ITK 2015Tucson, AZ. I am basking in the glow of the annual one week ITK Retreat. Serving families with special medical needs. We prepare all year for this amazing event. We are creating a health and wellness model based on Whole Child: Whole Family: Whole Community. BEing the butterfly effect – every thought, every action makes a difference.

A few years ago I was honored when ITK founder Shay Beider asked me to take on a more global role in addition to sharing qigong, tao meditations, and tai chi with the participant families and the ITK family of volunteers. I was curious as she shared her vision and I grinned ear to ear when she made her request…of course, I said, YES. I became resident Loving Presence. I know there are many other people involved in ITK who embody this way of being. That is why my family is so committed to serving.

Holding open space for all the love, compassion, family, inspiration, vulnerability, trust, courage, individuality and more to shine through… no matter what conventional norms may say ‘should be’ experienced. Being present to see what is actually happening, and ease flow to ever more harmony, more healing, more well-being – in all its many faces.

For some, I introduce new ideas about how one may perceive life, for others the retreat offers a bit of time to touch into practices tried in the past, still others find that the wonderful feeling found in the practices inspire them to gift themselves time to continue after the retreat.

In all, everyone is so touched by the retreat it is difficult to distinguish who is volunteering and who is receiving a week of restoring self, family, community despite the ‘odds’. When one sees what our participant families encounter on a daily basis, it is a quick cue to get into a attitude of gratitude, get over yourself, and participate fully in life.

Every thought, every action makes a difference. We each get to choose how we make a difference. Knowing your very Presence IS enough.

While at the retreat I made a recording of the Power of the Inner Smile meditation. Stay tuned, with a little help I’ll get out it to everyone asap.

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Year of the Goat

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Be sure-footed, nimble, calm in this Year of the Green Female Goat

We grow strong when we’re aligned with the power of nature and the Earth, and each other in community.

Return to the hearth and home

Come to your senses, and disengage from what numbs you from your emotions.

Plant the seeds of inspiration into fertile ground. The wild energies of the last five years take root, and bloom into tangible, beautiful and harmonious expressions of that passion.

Molly Hall