3 Powerful Tips For Enjoying The Now

Does it ever feel like your life is quickly passing you by because you’re constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future?

The truth is, the only moment you have for sure, is ‘this’ moment, right now.

To help you step into the now today… I want to share 3 powerful tips for absorbing and enjoying the present moment. I encourage you to implement at least 1 of them this week 🙂

Tip 1. Become aware – If you catch yourself complaining or over analyzing, stop and shift your perspective into the now by focusing on your surroundings or whatever it is that you’re doing. 

If you’re at a stop light or stuck in traffic, take advantage of this time to connect with what’s happening around you. First, start by becoming aware of your breathing pattern and then notice the wind, the sun, people passing by, and the different smells and sounds. 

Tip 2. Focus your attention – If you’re talking to a friend, eating or even working, try not to engage in other activities like talking on the phone or checking your emails. 

Instead, dedicate your full attention to whatever you’re doing at that moment and don’t let your mind wander. Focus your attention on the now and be the best you can be in that single moment. 

Tip 3. Forget about the past and future – If you spend your life reliving the past or worrying about the future, you will be missing out on life itself. 

So next time you notice your mind wandering off to worry or to engage in anxious thoughts, don’t judge yourself or force your thoughts. Rather acknowledge them, allow them to leave naturally and remind yourself to come back to the present moment. 

Time passes by quickly, so make sure you enjoy every single moment and really experience the joy of living. 

And don’t forget to practice! Remember that consistency is the only way to form a new habit, so start enjoying the present moment right away 🙂

To your best life,

Natalie ~ Mind Movies

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Out with the old and in with the new

It’s time to dust off your to-do list and cross off some tasks! As we move deeper into the year watch, there’s no time to waste. Out with the old and in with the new is a part of Qigong, and while cleaning, sorting, discarding and recycling takes some work, it can actually be quite cathartic. The effect of Qigong also offers freedom on a deeper level, so as you clean out your space, you are also probably deciding what you should (and shouldn’t) hold onto in a less physical sense. Are you clinging to emotional clutter that you should have released years ago? If you need help deciding what to keep and what to let go of, Qigong meditation can help. Tailored to your own specific soul need, Qigong is amazing. What does Qigong meditation have in store for you, and how can you best navigate what part of Qigong will work out in your favor?

Some of the most important Qigong methods that evolved are based on working with sound — vibrational patterns that dislodge and shift stagnant or blocked energy in the body. When we experience trauma or even everyday stressors, we often accumulate dense and blocked energy, which can persist for decades and eventually manifest as disease.

Specific sounds — especially when combined with movement and intention — can help shift these blocks, “charge up” areas with diminished chi, and activate your body’s self-healing capabilities. The result? Greater flow of energy throughout your body, which in turn increases immune system function and overall good health.

A few minutes a day of this type of focused practice can have dramatic effects on your happiness, well-being, stress levels, and even on longstanding health issues.

Now that you want a clean closet and a clear head, it’s time to find out! Leave a message on the contact page; you have the opportunity to discover essential daily practices from Healing Qigong —  which will help you take better energetic care of your body and establish a new baseline of health for a long and vibrant life. 

Healing and Purification Sweat Lodge North Saanich BC

Now that we’re well into the new year, it’s time to get down to business. On Sunday, February 4th I entered a sweat lodge for the first time and what a way to start the Chinese Brown Earth Dog New Year! Dog’s auspicious gifts are unconditional love and loyalty to all living things. According to the “solar” calendar, February 4, 2018, marks the beginning of a Chinese New Year and also is the season of spring (Li Chun). However, Chinese cultures all over the world will follow the lunar calendar and celebrate Chinese New Year on February 16, 2018. Participating in the sweat lodge ceremony was a great way to connect with Mother Earth. Everyone was in their bare feet which allowed for physical contact with the Mother Earth and we also sat on the ground inside the lodge. We were blessed with a beautiful mild day with no rain and it was so easy to enjoy the warmth of the participants and the fire.The ladies entered the sweat lodge first and sat to the right of the elder and the men followed and sat on the opposite side. Once inside the sweat lodge, the elder “White Bear” opened the ceremony by taking offerings of tobacco and prayers for the ancestors. The ceremonial pipe was passed around to all the participants to touch their heads and hearts and to cleanse any area of the body or etheric body with the smoke. Bear grease was rubbed on areas of the body that needed healing and medicine were inhaled to release any sickness from the body. The ancestors were invited in the form of heated rocks and prayers were chanted and sacred songs were sung as water was being poured over the rocks (ancestors). The steam from the heated rocks represented the breath of the ancestors and this continued for about four hours. I entered a state of tranquility and remained in that state for the remainder of the day. When asked about my experience, I had no words to describe the love and appreciation that I felt. Almost all the participants reported experiencing some healing and/or purification effects. The next sweat lodge ceremony will be on February 18, 2018. In the meanwhile, stay grounded.

 

Sweat Lodge by David Joaquin

Number 8 Bone Marrow Washing Exercise

Once you have located Fengchi, use the index, middle and ring fingers of each hand to massage towards each other 36 times in a circular motion. Breathe in on the top half of the circle and exhale on the bottom half of the circle. Don’t rush as this slow, meditative exercise is meant to be coordinated with your breathing. After the 36th repetition is finished, practice a rest period before you begin the next bone marrow washing exercise.

Location
G.B.-20 Wind Pool FENGCHI – Acupuncture Points ) At the lower border of the occipital bone, in the depression between the origins of the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles.
How to find
Patient’s position: Prone, sitting or supine (supported by a pillow, so that the occipital region is accessible). Starting at the midline, glide with the palpating finger along the lower border of the occiput, crossing the bulge of the origin of the trapezius muscle until you reach a depression the size of a finger pad.
Locate G.B.-20 in its center. Located on the same level is ➞Du-16. ➞BL-10 is located more medially and inferiorly. Actions/Indications
● Eliminates Wind benefits the head, clears the sensory organs
● Opens the channel
● With tonifying needle technique: strengthens the Marrow and the Brain (according to Maciocia)
Special features
Meeting point with the T.B. channel*, Yang Wei Mai, Yang Qiao Mai Major point for all ‘Wind disorders’, very important point for disorders of the head and eyes.