Monthly Newsletter

May, 2019

Never Graduate From Learning

"May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive."  - Fennel Hudson

Many of us will attend graduation ceremonies this month, or perhaps we are the graduate ourselves. It’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment and achievement to graduate and great celebration is warranted. However, making learning a part of your everyday life can be incredibly beneficial to your overall health. Some of the health benefits of lifelong learning include:

It Keeps Your Brain Healthy
Of all the health benefits of lifelong learning, this one is particularly important. According to a study by the University of California at Irvine, learning is super-beneficial for brain health. It keeps brain cells working at optimum levels, which can limit age-associated memory and cognitive decline. The brain has a greater chance of continuing to function well, as long as we are acquiring more knowledge.

Reduces Stress Levels
Lifelong learning is great for managing the physical and emotional symptoms of stress. An intellectually stimulating lifestyle was found to reduce stress in executives by 68%. When we are less stressed, we are apt to perform better in our professional lives - and our personal lives, too.

Encourages Healthy Social Life
Humans are social creatures. We crave interaction and learning new skills is a great way to open ourselves up to new social possibilities -and people - we might not have encountered otherwise. Learning sparks social engagement, which leads to feeling healthy and happier in all aspects of our lives.

Enhances Motivation, Creativity and Innovation
When we introduce new skills and information into our daily life, we give ourselves an opportunity to open our minds and appreciate new opportunities. In addition, it fills us with a renewed sense of purpose and spurs us towards problem-solving action.

Author Tim Lebbon writes, “Humans crave knowledge, and when that craving ends, we are no longer human.” Remember, our brains do not stop evolving when we finish a program of study or earn a degree. Choose to be a lifelong learner and reap the healthy rewards every day!

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Save The Date

October 26, 2019 is the date of our upcoming Tai Chi Easy™ Educational Gathering events.These special friend-raiser/fundraisers are shaping up on both east and west coasts and will offer the opportunity to gather together with colleagues and friends, practice the Vitality Method and Tai Chi Easy™ form and learn something new, too!

Events are being scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm local time and all proceeds from registrations will benefit the Healer Within Foundation Tai Chi Easy Dissemination Project.

Please save the date, watch for more information and plan to join us on October 26th!

HWF Is Hiring

The Healer Within Foundation is currently seeking a part-time, Director of Development & Engagement. This individual will work closely with HWF leadership, volunteers and staff to implement fundraising and relationship-building initiatives which support the mission of the Foundation.

This independent contractor position would be perfect for the proven relationship-builder, and fundraiser who desires remote flexibility along with a 12-16 hour per week work commitment.

If this sounds like you - or someone you know - please contact HWF Director of Operations, Christie Ward for more information and application form. Completed applications are due by May 10.

Comments Submitted

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
(CARA) required the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force develop the Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations  for pain management, including chronic and acute pain. CARA also required the public to have an opportunity to provide comments on the Draft Report during a 90 day public comment period, which occurred December 31, 2018 – April 1, 2019. 

HWF President, Josie Weaver, has submitted comments on behalf of the Healer Within Foundation which may be accessed through the HWF Blog. An excerpt from her comments: "As a global consideration, Qigong can also be added to best practices for acute and chronic pain management, because by definition Tai Chi is a moving form of Qigong. Therefore, Qigong forms and practices, like Tai Chi forms and practices, also belong to the category of exercise called Moving Meditation (MM) which consists of conscious and intentional movement or body positioning, a focus on breathing, and a cleared or calm state of mind resulting in deep states of relaxation."

To view all public comments, visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: using docket number - HHS-OS-2018-0027

Thank you, Josie!

SPRING Into Action!

Do you share our vision of, "A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality"? If so, consider making a difference by helping us bring the gift of good health to more people in 2019. Click the image below to make your donation today!

We also have volunteer opportunities available on our Sustainability and Community Practice Work Teams. These teams carry out important work helping to advance the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project and securing the longevity and sustainability of the Foundation.

The Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project is the catalyst of our goal, “Training thousands to improve the health of millions” and your support makes it possible for the Healer Within Foundation to bring community-based Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing body-mind-spirit-practices to greater numbers of people. So, make a difference...make your tax-deductible contribution or volunteer today. Thank you!

2019 Training Calendar

The Healer Within Foundation currently has 9 upcoming Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training events on the calendar for 2019, with new events being added regularly. Be an ambassador for good health and healing in your community and help us spread the word about these training opportunities!

  • October 26, 2019
    Tai Chi Easy™ Educational Gathering(s) Details coming soon!

Remember, the majority of the trainings shown are community-based trainings (3-day trainings, not held at retreat centers) which offer the opportunity to "refresh" your Practice Leader training at a greatly reduced rate (refresh training is available to anyone who has completed Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training or Level 2 through IIQTC).

Also, if you are a Tai Chi EasySenior Trainer, you refresh for FREE in 2019! That's right! Senior Trainers who agree to assist at a community-based training may refresh once - free of charge - in 2019! Please email Christie Ward for more information.

Bring TCE To Your Community!

can organize a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training event. YES, you can bring a healing revolution to your local community - and HWF will be happy to help you make it happen!

If you would like to know more about organizing a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training event or have questions about the process contact Christie Ward for information. 



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