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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I started practicing Taiji and Qigong in 2012. I enjoyed the practice and kept up with it for a year. In 2013 I went back to work full time and drove one hour each way to get there and home. This didn’t allow for me to go to my classes anymore. I tried to keep practicing on my own but eventually even that subsided.

Skip forward to December 2017. I had finally retired from the military and in March of 2018 and started staying home full time. I sat around doing nothing and found myself frustrated and anxious. I stepped on the scale one morning weighing in at 150 lbs. At 5’4” that was not a good place for me to be. At that time my ankles also started causing me problems. I would wake up stiff in the mornings, barely being able to get out of bed. That is when I decided I needed a change. I went back to my Taiji and Qigong practice.

I went back to Zen Wellness ( in August which is where I started in 2012. I can say that since then I have regained most of my mobility in my ankles and my practice, to include meditation daily, is back on track. In our practice we learn about Jing, Qi, and Shen. Jing being the body, Qi is energy and emotions, and Shen is the spirit. In my cultivation I aim to improve in all three. My Jing has improved as I have stated before. My Shen is improving with meditation and my Qi is improving as well. The anxiousness (Qi) has reduced and I have gained the energy to start different projects around the house.

Cultivation is something we all can benefit from in some form or another. We all start somewhere, some of us start at the Jing which is important for many health reasons. Some of start with the Shen to improve our spirit by potentially going to church or meditating on a regular basis. No matter where we start, starting is the point. Starting is usually the hardest part for any of us. Once we start, the next step is forward and we all move forward at our own speeds. Know that, in cultivation, the point is to eventually cultivate all three, Jing, Qi and Shen. Focusing on one only will cause an imbalance and our focus should always be balance between the three.
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