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Flu Season: Awakening the Healer Within

Flu Season: Awakening the Healer Within

Looking at the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) weekly Influenza Summary Map shows widespread flu in most all contiguous 48 states. One contributing factor of the increased number of cases is a particularly nasty strain of influenza being circulated this year, which is rather resistant to the vaccine. News outlets continue to remind us of the severity of flu cases and the dangers to not only the children and elderly, but to all ages. Even the healthiest of folks seem to be more susceptible this year. All the more reason for us to awaken our inner healers through the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi.

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Gongfu Tea Ceremony: Cultivating Calm

At our most recent 5th Saturday Gathering in the Cloud on December 30th, those present participated in a Gongfu Tea Ceremony. For those not familiar, this ancient Chinese tea ceremony provides so much more than a cup of thoughtfully brewed tea.

The ceremony helps to focus the mind and provides time for calm reflection in our busy lives. The hand movements used by those familiar to the tea ceremony are slow and graceful, almost like a dance...many likenesses to the practice of Tai Chi! The silence during the ceremony is magical and provides time for participants to really focus on all aspects of the tea – the appearance of the tea leaves, the aroma and color of the tea, the beauty of the pot and cups and perhaps most important, the sense of companionship among everyone present. The tea ceremony can be used as a form of meditation and is something you may wish to repeat on a regular basis as part of your relaxation regimen.

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