In a recent Facebook discussion with some elementary school buddies from “long-ago,” I was reminded that, in the private girl’s school we all attended, different girls were periodically awarded “posture awards,” little blue ribbons we wore proudly until the next batch of awards. I didn’t receive one of those coveted ribbons very often, but when I did, I walked around proudly, with a vague sense of power, for a few days.
Now I actually find it exciting that so many stress-reduction techniques for body-mind-spirit emphasize the importance of postural alignment for your health. I believe that when we work to align ourselves on every level, from physical to emotional to mental to spiritual, we open an enormous well-spring of energy and resources.
In The Way of Joy qigong, I explore some of the themes from these ancient Taoist practices. I especially love to look at the lessons we can receive from that I call “The Three Realms of Consciousness”—Heaven, Human, and Earth.
Are there times when you’ve felt the power of aligning your mind, heart and actions? Hmmm. Maybe it’s time to wear little posture award ribbons!
For more information about qigong, check out Qi Talks, Thursday May 9, 5:30 PM PDT as Vicki hosts healer, teacher and all around qi expert, Shoshanna Katzman speaking about Qi Mind and Qi Body
Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential.