This Saturday, June 30, I will be presenting a talk and leading some exercises in Qigong at a workshop on sustainable living.
Qigong, I have long thought, is one of the most sustainable practices there is. It is an inexpensive method of self-healing that can save a bundle on medical bills. Modern medicine has devolved into an ever-more expensive commodity, a growing Juggernaut that seems to gain more mass and unstoppable power to sap and suck the money from society and individuals. The number one cause of bankruptcy in the USA is unpayable medical bills. These bills are unpayable for so many millions because of the gigantic amounts that are owed. The system as it is out of control.
This may not effect you directly, but it does effect you. Even if you have insurance that pays most of your bills, that money must come from somewhere, from the greater common fund. The Western World will soon reach a tipping point of unsustainability with these massive costs, these thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of dollars that are charged to millions of patients pulled into and stuck in the gargantuan system.
Much of allopathic medicine is to be admired and be grateful for. Much is not. Sure, surgerical techiniques, a short, few medicines, and the sciences of anatomy, physiology, and sanitation have been of tremendous value. The modern magic of mainstream medicine–with it’s many life-saving and life-prolonging methods–is not all joy and fun. Unnecessary surgeries, botched procedures, expensive tests, drugs rife with side-effects, very short doctor visits, and a great lack of the personal, human touch are rampant. Medical facilities that promote money-making and closed- heart, harried, over-worked practitioners have become the norm.
People are looking for something more, something real and humane and heart-stirring. So many of us are recognizing that how our society is operating with disease and health is not working. A change will be arising soon.
Qigong practice is sustainable healing. When I say sustainable, I mean it is cheap, renewable, takes few resources, and offers more resources than it takes (you get more energy than you spend). Qigong teaches you how to be more aware of your body and mind. It offers many exercises that help the systems of your body function more powerfully to bring you the robust vitality you desire. It teaches you how to breathe right for goodness sake, a crucial and mostly-ignored aspect of healing. Qigong is fun, gentle, and easy to begin. Almost anyone gets benefits from the earliest foray.
For most people, a regular practice of Qigong inceases the health of their bodies, minds and spirits. It decreases illnesses, increases vitality, expands perspective, engenders inspiration, and saves money. Fewer doctor’s visits, fewer invasive procedures, fewer side-effects to deal with. The future of health is in such practices as these. The current economico-medical model is about to topple, unsustainable under its own unwieldy weight and excess. We will need simple home and community practices like Qigong to help maintain our health and wellness.
Sustainable Living Workshop
I know all of the principals of this workshop and reccomend their concepts and work. If you are seeking to bring more grounded truth to your life, and more sustainability to your days, come to the workshop.
Mind, Body, Spirit, and Earth: Techniques for Thriving in a Complicated World
Matheson Farms Sustainable Living Education Center presents its inaugural workshop:
June 30, 2012
Laurel Grange Hall
6172 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
9:00 AM-2:30 PM (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM)
The Workshop Includes
Dr. Robert Bates – Fun with Qigong (release stress and foster health through movement)
Dudley and Dean Evenson, MS – Music, Healing, and Meditation
Serene Stevenson, M Ed – Us for Precedent (empowerment and implementing creative change)
Dr. Sandra Matheson – Respecting the Earth in Your Everyday Living, Building Sustainable Relationships
Lunch will be available from the Community Food Co-op if registered and pre-ordered by June 26—or bring your own sack lunch if you choose.
Everyone 13 years of age and older is welcome. We provide a safe, fun, and sup-portive environment! Come learn and practice some amazing techniques from lead-ers in their respective fields. Wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
Enrollment is limited so register today!
Adults $59 with lunch included/$49 without lunch
Youth ages 13-17 $39 with lunch included/$29 without lunch
Registrations at the door: Add $10 to the applicable fee
To register online: www.SustainableLivingEducationCenter.com
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org