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The Six Key Principles of Mindful Qigong 

After many years of practicing Qigong and meditation, the two gradually melded into one practice for me. As I thought about how to remember and teach others the key principles that bring optimum results, an acronym finally emerged: BIPAVE. The six letters also hold some meaning in the sense that the practice “paves” the way for energy to flow as on a “byway”, upwards and downwards in it’s many pathways through and around the body. I’ve summarized the principles below for easy reference:

Breath – Be conscious of your breath throughout the class. Notice its qualities: how fast or slow, shallow or deep, regular or uneven. Expand your breathing, gradually increasing depth and evenness, exhaling fully each time. Continually bring attention back to breath and let the qigong movements follow its rhythm.

Intention – Take a moment to become aware of where you most want comfort or healing today, be it physical, emotional, mental or social/spiritual. Be specific with your statement of intent; for example, “pain gone from …”, “forgiveness from …”, “no more fear of …”, release anger about …”. The effect of intention is strong.

Posture – Bring your body into its best posture to enhance the flow of qi/energy.  Ground your feet on the floor, your bum on the chair, and reach your head to heaven. Imagine a silver cord drawing your body up into alignment.  You will look and feel better as all your organs have more space and you come into balance.

Awareness/Mindfulness – This is about paying attention and noticing what’s going on with your whole self. Being mindful of your breath, body, feelings and thoughts and accepting it all without judgement. Whenever your thoughts stray, gently bring your focus back to your self in this present moment. Awareness is empowering!

Visualization – Allow your imagination free reign for each of the movements. Be an archer aiming and successfully hitting the target; create a beautiful sky above you for the heavenly stretch; imagine your lungs expanding as precious vessels with every inhalation! For guided meditations open all your senses to the experience.

Enjoyment – What does joy feel like for you – in your body, mind and soul? Bring the memory of that into your Mindful Qigong practice. Celebrate the movement of your body, delight in the scope of your imaginings, bask in your calm mind and uplifted spirit. Enjoy your renewed and balanced ENERGY.

I would also like to mention that as a practice group grows larger, the sense of the energy grows stronger. Just as I offer this gift to you, your presence is a gift to me and others as we practice together in a group. Welcome to my classes. They are currently held in St Vincent Park, Barrie, Wednesday mornings at 9.00 and 10.00. There is no fee, you may just pass-it-on as you can.

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St Vincent Park Wednesday Mornings

Join us for a FREE and EASY exercise/meditation class in one of Barrie’s most beautiful parks with shade trees and water views — and nice new washrooms. St Vincent Park is between Kempenfelt Drive and Blake Street at the south end of St Vincent Street.

We gather at the south end at 9.00 a.m. and then again at 10.00 a.m. every Wednesday morning, weather permitting.  Open to one and all, with the only requirement being respect for maintaining social-distance from anyone not in your immediate household or bubble.  We call the practice Mindful Qigong which brings together the easy movements of healing Qigong with the principles of Mindfulness Meditation. See you there!

 

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SOS? Affordable Virtual Therapy

Now more than ever it is important to know that support is available. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a free introductory consultation.  My fees until further notice have been reduced to $75 per virtual session (from $125). And for Essential Services workers 2 sessions for price of 1 (2 for $75). Often one session is sufficient to get the help and take-away tools you need to overcome anxiety, for example.

 

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Mindfulness for Health and Hope

“During this trying time, we can all benefit from positive, inspiring messages and encouragement. Join me every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for a phone-in audio program where I will provide guided meditation and simple exercises to help calm your mind and soothe your soul. This program is offered as part of the City of Barrie’s Seniors Centre Without Walls initiative. To register for this program, contact City of Barrie Recreation Programmer Jessica Gourlie at
705-739-4220 ext 5688 or by email Jessica.gourlie@barrie.ca.”

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Mom’s Day and Pan 2020: It’s Okay to Cry

Sometimes when I allow the suffering around me to fully enter my awareness, I just want to cry, and I’ve finally learned to say “that’s okay”. More people are homeless and hungry, children are cooped up, mothers and fathers are faced with parenting challenges they never dreamed of, those in abusive environments lack protection, so many people old and young are dying unnaturally and unexpectedly and without the comfort of family and friends. If you are human at all and you open your heart, how can you not feel the need to mourn for yourself and others. Continue reading “Mom’s Day and Pan 2020: It’s Okay to Cry”

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Pan 2020: Covid-19 Renamed

This is the first that I’ve written about the pandemic that started early this year. Until now I couldn’t share my thoughts about how it effects us and how to cope, because I didn’t feel able to use the words that are commonly used in headlines; namely, the term for the beastly germ phenomenon,  the particular virus that is rampant. (Indeed, I only wrote the words in the title AFTER this article was finished.) When I see the name of the viral germ repeated over and over again, often accompanied by magnified and colour-enhanced images, I get an emotional reaction that blocks right-mindedness and creates anxiety. Not so much for my own well-being and safety, as for how the messages when presented this way will effect everyone, creating more denial than acceptance, more reaction than response, more fear than love. Continue reading “Pan 2020: Covid-19 Renamed”

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Mothers’ Day: Just Another Hallmark Event?

Make a Real Connection!

So many special days on the calendar! So many great cards to choose from! You can go online when time is short or browse the shelves of a local store to find the perfect image and words that echo just what you want to say (or that leave out what you can’t honestly say?). That’s okay and mom will appreciate your effort: a lovely card goes a long way to lift the spirits and brighten the day. OR you can extend ourselves a little for a chance at something more meaningful, a real connection!

How often do you go one step further and write a sentence or two that is personal and special, a few words to show that she is really on your mind and heart. Even better, take say 20 minutes and share some memories of times you enjoyed together. Not a listing of how great a mom she is or how much you appreciate all she’s done for you, although nothing wrong with some of that. I’m talking about reminiscing about a great experience you had together – it might be getting through a hard time, special laughs on a holiday or adventure, or a family event that you planned together.

If perchance none of this is comfortable due to issues of estrangement, then this is a good time to open yourself to the possibility of reconciliation. In spite of any anger and pain you may have, to simply make the intention of wanting a healthier relationship will bring about a shift in the right direction. The subtle energies carried by your thoughts have power and influence, so when you choose the higher road of understanding and compassion (for yourself as well a your mom), you open the channels for genuine connection – a gift beyond price.

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Your Ageless Life: An Evening of Comfort and Joy

Sunrise Reflection over Valley

Barrie Ageless Life Monday – BALM

Monday, December 9, 6.30 – 9.00 p.m.

Life is an ever-changing spiral of light and darkness, expansion and contraction. Especially at this time of year you may be feeling these contrasting pulls, with memories from before, and decisions coming up that want to be resolved. Join Lynne and a group of like-minded women to let go of the issues that drain your energy, and find ways to create more joyful moments that build and sustain body, mind and spirit.

Bring a journal and wear comfortable clothes. If you wish, bring an unwrapped item for “potlatch” that will go into a basket anonymously: Gently used items like a scarf or brooch, jar of homemade jam, a book or candle, any little treasure that you are ready to pass on.

Tea will be ready by 6.15 and I hope to start and end in good time. To reserve your place, please send $25 by etransfer* to my email address, or mail or drop a cheque to S. Lynne Marshall**.

Already feeling the sense of fun and fulfillment that we will create together in this the first BALM (Barrie Ageless Life Monday).

Love and light, Lynne

705-241-7464

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Mindful Qigong – All Ages

Weekly Drop-in Classes: All Ages (9 years and older)

This easy and relaxed class brings big benefits for your individual needs: stress relief,  pain relief, more energy, balance, spiritual centering, awareness and joyfulness.

NO CHARGE for these classes. Donations are welcome and 50% goes to Grace United Church that provides space for so many community programs!

At 350 Grove Street East

Main floor chapel room at Grace United Church

Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. April 9, 16, 23 and 30th

Suitable for all ages, 9 – 99, Make it family time!

Suggested donation of $10

 You will find  a sense of peace and well-being, through proven methods that combine the principles of Mindfulness Meditation with the ancient art of Qigong (Chi Kung). Laugh and learn for fun and wellness. Any fitness level, can even be done seated. Simple, yet amazingly effective!

My mission is to share the tools that have supported my own recovery journey and that are key to maintaining my health and energy. I love sharing the sense of empowerment and well-being that can be gained with a few simple exercises. Give it a try, it may work for you. Leading this group with my husband, Brian, is a highlight of my week.

With love and light, Lynne

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Reinvention: Six Weeks to a More Meaningful Life

A life-Changing Experience! Scheduled over six weeks with personal coaching sessions and four day-long workshops. 

You are Unique! Perhaps you’ve thought about reinventing yourself and adding a new chapter to your life story.I have done it myself with great success and am now inspired to provide the opportunity for other women to experience the vitality and freedom that comes from doing more of what you love and less of what you don’t.

This course consists of four workshops, scheduled bi-weekly, each one a key step towards renewing and recreating yourself: 

1) Rediscovering who you are 2) Finding out what you really want, 3) Exploring how to attract and achieve what you want, and 4) Manifesting now – through action and attraction! The series is spread over 6 weeks, with time between workshops for individual coaching and personal study.

The group is small enough for meaningful interaction and personal support. If you are ready for a change, large or small, this is the time and place to make it happen! Course graduates have changed jobs, relationships,homes; launched creative pursuits, and grown their businesses. You may want a more active, busy lifestyle; or on the other hand, fewer obligations and more time for yourself! Here you will find a safe supportive environment and a team to go with it. No need to go it alone.

The Reinventing Course is built on my many years of professional experience as a training consultant, counselor/healer, and group facilitator; and more importantly on my own journey of personal survival, growth and reinventing myself. It will include innovative applications of tools and methods that will keep the work exciting and effective, as well as interesting homework and individual coaching to keep you on the path between sessions. I will bring to it my boundless enthusiasm and heartfelt commitment.

The course will run this fall, when 6 -8 women are interested and ready:) 

Total investment of  $490 ($450 for early-bird registration).

 “Take Lynne’s course! You’ll learn so much about yourself, your wants and needs, your goals and how to attain them, all from a spiritual energy perspective.” Go to the testimonial tab on the website, for more kind words from graduates.

I look forward to hearing from you!  Your input and questions are welcome:)

Email: info@spaceforspirit.ca   Mobile: 705-241-7464