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Hello to everyone in the Denver practice group. It is expanding to now include the Daoist Qigong, Yoga, Nutrition, practice and much more.  Welcome to all the new additions to this email list. As always you can unsubscribe, or invite anyone new to this list.   For the archives that you have missed please visit them here.   All links within this email are safe and secure.  Please let me know if something needs correcting as things change over time.

Comedy & Tragedy

Before the word "Divine" was added it was just the Comedy. It is a long Italian narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320. The narrative describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise or Heaven,[while allegorically the poem represents the soul's journey towards God.
The structure of the three realms follows a common numerical pattern of 9 plus 1, for a total of 10: 9 circles of the Inferno, 9 rings of Mount Purgatory, and the 9 celestial bodies of Paradiso. Within each group of 9, 7 elements correspond to a specific moral scheme.

The trilogy is a great poem, full of poetic justice. Transcending time it is still priceless in the visions that arise from the written word. They are tales and lessons learned for instance: 

Canto XX, fortune-tellers and soothsayers must walk with their heads on backwards, unable to see what is ahead, because that was what they had tried to do in life:

they had their faces twisted toward their haunches
and found it necessary to walk backward,
because they could not see ahead of them.
... and since he wanted so to see ahead,
he looks behind and walks a backward path

Dante travels through the centre of the Earth in the Inferno, and comments on the resulting change in the direction of gravity. A little earlier he queries the existence of wind in the frozen inner circle of hell, since it has no temperature differentials.

Inevitably, given its setting, the Paradiso discusses astronomy extensively, but in the Ptolemaic sense. The Paradiso also discusses the importance of the experimental method in science.

Cultural time and the creations of it, give us a view of beliefs, myths, science, nature in all of its changings. Only its seems in reflection can we see how the moments in time connect to make up our paths and our own lives. But what if you could see just ahead of you at the same time of the exact moment you are in?

i write about Dante, one because I love this trilogy story both as poetry and history. How in these times one could not speak about science so it was written in verse to mask it. How much of our lives are lived this way now? And what does that mean to that soul inside that wants to express itself differently than the cultural norm? How do we hold to who we are, that one spark of a unique soul only of ourselves, and still yet belong to community?

Diversity in biology and life is the only cushion that keeps life sustainable upon change. So it is key, be guaranteed. Treasure the differences instead of building borders in separateness.

Now back to why I wrote about time and seeing just a moment ahead. Back in the day, a soothsayer, a forecast was objectionable. One could not predict the future, but yet it is exactly what we seek. To know how things would turn out, would you still try? And is it possible to not have everything destined but yet more like epi-genetics and changeable in the very moment you breath? Why then do we practice? How do we talk about the past in reference of those that carried knowledge forth into our practices of health and well-being, and stand in the present, while knowing that it changes every future moment?

The only answer is knowing that in a quantum way, every moment exists right now. Past, Present and Future, like Dante's trilogy of traveling through time, is why we show up for practice, so that we can experience more than just the flatness of right now. We seek more, we seek deeper understanding, and with every atom of change, every breath, it does change.

Thank you for practicing with me.

 

The Accident
Yesterday morning I had an accident that was traumatic and terrifying all the same. i have never had an experience quite like it, and never want to again. However as the scientist in me, I have been analyzing it ever since. Know that i am that little 5 year old girl that would crawl out the 2nd floor window and drop a pillow down to the ground so that I could have a little cushion when I jumped out!  That was alot of fun and I still remember the feeling. 

Yesterday's momentary sliding across ice at 60mph was both weightless, out of control, and strange. It is mired with thoughts of negligence (should I have not attempted to drive on icy roads? or turned on my 4WD wheels since my little truck is weightless in the back). So many questions. The moment caught me when thinking ahead, of the climbing I would do with friends, it took my mind from the moment entirely. I was present, but still there was thought of the future. There were cars passing me on the left side faster than I can imagine with these conditions, and I felt I was taking a risk by traveling as fast as I did. Had I had better tires, would the truck not lost its footing and crossed the left lane hitting the concrete barrier. Bouncing off and in opposition response the truck immediately continued forward and across the other 3 lanes of traffic heading the other way, off the road and down the hill into the ditch, being caught by a steel an barbed wire fence.
Imagine what it looked like from those behind me? And in all grace and gratitude to powers that held it all together, i didn't hit anyone, noone hit me, I didn't roll over and the superficial bruises to both me and my truck were soothed by the fella Travis who stopped at the top of the icy road to cut me out, and the lady who was a little stunned when she stopped and asked if I was ok and if I needed something. And what I did was hug her, as I needed to be held, I was scared.

The fascinating thing, returning to the Past, Present and Future moments, and how they all exist together, I as I was sitting in space moving without feeling connected to the earth below, I could see the future before it happened. i saw the moment of impact before it happened, I saw every moment before it happened by a split second. As I described it to my son, I laid it out as if the fate of that moment was set, and I moved into it. I could see it before, and present. And he replied with a very scientific answer (who's son is he anyway :-)  both sides of your brain were at different moments. One was experiencing the moment, the other was trying to make meaning of it, hence the delay. Which answer is correct?

Trauma is one of the reflections, as it is still hanging on in my thoughts and feelings embedded in my body. You hear me say that alot in the teachings, what the mind cannot process right away, tucks into the tissue of the body. its energy stored in the cells, memory, time, all of it capture within your vessel, the container of you. Is it the mind then that can recapture that time
and make meaning, or dispel of it as necessary release? If we took every moment and stored it inside of us we would soon blow up like a balloon. That is why the breath is key the transformation of events, change, and it is the very mindfulness of our practice that gets to make that change. However you must chose to show up, practice and allow events to move, reconsolidate, open, close, do whatever is necessary to open balance and flow, health and wellness.
Pranayamas - Breathing Exercises are in time for Lungs, Autumn

Kapalbhati involves a quick, short, forced exhalation (process of breathing out) using abdominal (belly) muscles followed by automatic passive inhalation (process of breathing in).

Benefits Of Kapalbhati Pranayama
  • Kapalbhati generates heat in your body, dissolving toxins and other waste matter.
  • It improves the functioning of the kidneys and liver.
  • It removes stress from the eyes and erases dark circles.
  • It enhances blood circulation and digestion
Forrest Yoga - short video of a practice by my dear friend Lidith, a fellow Forrest Yoga Teacher. Yep she is in Puerto Rico, hence the spanish. Just follow the visuals.

The beginning of this video contains Kapalbhati and Uddiyana practice that we do in class.

click on photo for the video, or HERE
From Yu Chang, The Statutes of Medicine (Yimen Falü) , 1658:
All bodily qi has its physical origin in the lung. If the lung's qi is clear and straightforward, then there is not a single type of qi in the body that will not obey and flow along smoothly. However, if the lung qi becomes obstructed and turns murky, then the qi dynamics of the entire body will start to go against
their natural flow and start to move upwards instead of downwards.
Autumn Celebration - Friday November 1
after Qigong practice at Montclair Rec Center. Practice is from 9-10am, we will share stories, eat good food, and I will have tinctures/liniments for sale. See the previous newsletter for more details. All are welcome. 
Bring your mugs as we will share COTA (navajo tea) as always every Friday class.
 
In Honor of my Teachers, Ana Forrest creatrix of Forrest Yoga and Zhen Dao of MogaDao Institute. Enjoy a practice and knowledge with them. Click on their photos below to be taken to the videos. Thank you, in gratitude. Aho
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