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A dear friend forwarded this to me, and so I want to share it with everyone I can:
Subject: [KIT]: oracle from the Ise Shrine in Japan 

Dear friends, as we have been taught, our thoughts create vibrations around the world.
Ise Jingu is the shrine most central to the identity of the Japanese as a people and as a nation. 

Here is a request for prayers after sunset in Japan, which would be now.
Nonetheless, if you are receiving this later, we understand that time is relative, and healing comes from the Absolute.
Changing our thoughts, offering gentle suggestion to those around us who are broadcasting painful thoughts, and prayer can offer benefits at any time.

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My 68th birthday on March 25th.

Thank you to all of my family, friends, and fb friends who remembered and sent me greetings. With all of you, I share this yummy birthday cake!

There are many firsts for me as I continue my sojourn in Bali. I’ve been feeling lonely lately, knowing that my birthday is coming up, the first away from home, away from family and friends. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, much soul work has overwhelmed me – a lot of questioning my faith, what am I doing here, what will happen to me?.

So, the day before my birthday, which is March 25th, I am given an early birthday present. Read the rest of this entry »

Even as I am immersed in my soul’s journey in this tiny peaceful island of Bali, I need to stick my head out and see what’s going on in the rest of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

What exactly is faith?

I am concluding that what I thought about faith all this time may not be so. I have been sick this past week, stuck in the room, feeling pretty crappy, and with very little to do, I start re-reading Care of the Soul by Thomas More. This must be the 3rd or 4th time I am reading this book in Bali. And, with most books or CD’s, I find something I have not seen before.

Maybe there is something to the belief that one sees things only when one is ready.  Again, it has me questioning some of my basic assumptions.

This time, it’s about faith. Mine! Read the rest of this entry »

For those of you who don’t do diaphragm breathing, this is to help you understand this type of breathing as it relates to qigong.

The place of power in the body for qigong is the dan tien, an inch or so below the navel. It is the area that goes from the front straight to the back without any organs there.  Therefore, no interference with the breath. Also, when one breathes from the stomach, one can take in more breath that can then be distributed to the rest of the body.  Breathing through the lungs only brings the breath to the upper part of the body, leaving the lower extremities without breath. And, if one breathes through the lungs when one is nervous or scared, one tends to hyperventilate. That would not happen with qi breathing.

So, for qi breathing:

  • As you inhale push bottom of stomach out and bring in air up to the lungs, so it looks like you are blowing up your stomach like a balloon.
  • As you exhale, pull the bottom of the stomach in, contracting the stomach muscles bringing them close to the rib cage until you’ve let out all the air.

If you are doing this correctly, your shoulders will not be lifting up, but you should feel your chest and back filling up with air.

DO NOT FORCE BREATH MORE THAN IT WANTS TO GO. GRADUALLY, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE IN LARGER BREATHS AND EXPEL MORE AIR.

Try just the breathing until you feel you’ve mastered it enough to try it with the qigong meditation described in the two previous blogs.

* This is for relaxation purposes ONLY.  Anyone with a medical problem needs to see a physician. If you are under the care of a physician, please get his/her advice re this meditation.

 

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