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How to be happy?

I'm actually not going to answer that question, at least not directly, but as I sit down to write this while visiting my parents, I notice a book on the shelf, a book I gave them: "365 Ways TO BE HAPPY." This almost makes me laugh. Today I felt sad. Today I feel sad. But at least I'm not worried. I'm just simply feeling. Sometimes those so-called "negative" feelings are there, regardless of what we "know" about "how to be happy." I practiced qigong, I went for a walk, I repeated affirmations, I talked to a friend. I even laughed! But still there is some sort of feeling of sadness. And that's ok. It will pass. I am not sad, but I am feeling some sadness. I am happy, at my core, always. Some say that the soul or spirit is always at peace, always blissful, and it's the mind or ego that gets in the way. I think of it like that the sun is always shining, and yet we don't always see it on cloudy days (at least not here in Seattle!). But if we didn't have those clouds and all that rain, Seattle wouldn't be as green, and the air wouldn't be as nice to breathe, right?

Speaking of breathing, I'll be leading Breath Empowerment in Anacortes this Sunday the 18th at 11 am, and next Saturday the 24th at 2pm in Seattle. And speaking of sun, I recently returned from Austin, where the sun was shining bright. I spent 5 days there, 3 of which were spent in a conference room at a Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong workshop lead by Sheng Zhen Qigong Master Li Junfeng. It was my first workshop with Master Li back in 2006 that set me on the path to sunnier days, to less worries, to feeling blissful at the core of my being despite surface events and emotions. I learned heart-opening and playful movements and meditations, a philosophy, a way of life: Sheng Zhen, which is translated as the highest truth, further translated as unconditional love. I learned to enjoy movement, to enjoy life! And I've learned to ride the waves of life with more ease and grace than ever before. It is a practice. A daily practice. As Master Li says, "One needs to practice to keep the heart open, to become rooted in the bliss at the core." And so I am dedicated to this practice. Sheng Zhen is my surf board, rubber ducky, and life raft all in one in this sea of life I'm so grateful to be living.

I'm also grateful that Master Li will be coming to Seattle for a weekend workshop April 28 and 29 at OmCulture. He told me personally that this might be his last time coming to Seattle, since he is cutting down on travel in general. So let's make this workshop in Seattle the best yet; the more practitioners, the stronger the qi energy. And who knows? Perhaps Master Li will see that Seattle is a place to keep on the travel roster.  And who knows? You just might discover more joy and a fun new movement practice like I did! Details below regarding registration and a free Open House event on March 31st! To see what Sheng Zhen is like before then, visit YouTube. Here are my favorite links:

Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong:

Kuan Yin Standing:
Awakening the Soul:

What else? Last month I started offering Massage and CranioSacral at Yogabliss on Mercer Island on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I'm enjoying the atmosphere there, and highly recommend the yoga classes! I'm also available for in-home appointments or at Aljoya on Mercer Island on Thursdays or at Yogalife Greenlake in Seattle on Mondays.

That's all for now. Have a wonderful rest of the month! I look forward to seeing some of you soon.

Best wishes,

Rebecca Gould, LMP, CHHP
Certified Qigong Instructor

Rebecca Gould, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Certified Qigong Instructor and Holistic Health Practitioner

Rebecca Gould

Lic. # MA00024733
(206) 599-9270

Rebecca Gould is a Licensed Massage Practitioner, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and Certified Qigong Instructor serving Mercer Island and Seattle. On-site services, gift certificates, & packages available. Credit cards accepted.

Life-changing event inspires career

Last month, the Mercer Island Reporter published this article about me! Although there were some inaccuracies, it helped some new clients find me, and that's all that matters. Haven't read it yet? Don't know my story? Read it online. And stay tuned for more on my story in my own words....
Breath Empowerment in Seattle  (image by Jody Uttal)

Breath Empowerment ~ March 24th 2pm

Also in Anacortes March 18th, 11a.m.!

Experience the Breath Empowerment, a combination of Pranayama and Qigong breathing that leaves your body humming with the vibration of healing energy while creating a deep sense of meditation and connectedness. Breathe more deeply and fully than ever and getting blissed out on oxygen and qi! Visit the event listing here. To preregister, call or email Rebecca or pay online.

"Rebecca is a gifted and intuitive healer. Her love of the practice of Qigong and her passion for sharing its gifts are evident in both her presence and instruction. I would recommend her classes to anyone I knew to be a true seeker of knowledge, wisdom, peace, healing, joy, and/or spiritual growth and transformation. Thank you Rebecca, for helping me get to a true "Yes" to life!" -Robyn Furse, Tacoma, WA

"I felt no pain, no thought, so relaxed I could not (did not) want to get up from my cushy mat, when done. Most relaxed and best I’ve felt in years and years.  Head is clear, I am smiling, feeling good. REAL GOOD.  Thank you. I have been in chronic pain for years and have had nothing to smile about."  –Karen, Coupeville, WA

Supreme Science Qigong at Yogalife Greenlake Seattle

Qigong at Yogalife

These ongoing qigong classes started in January, and so far, so good! They're being well-received and well-attended. Come check it out! Mondays and Wednesdays, ongoing, 8:45-9:45 a.m. at Yogalife Greenlake.
This class focuses on Supreme Science Qigong, Level 1, but we've recently started exploring Sheng Zhen Qigong as well.  All levels are welcome! 

Sheng Zhen Open House

In view of Master Li Junfeng’s coming to Seattle for a two-day workshop, April 28-29, we are planning an open house at the Emerald Feng Shui Institute,

March 31, from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Meet our two Seattle-based Sheng Zhen instructors, Gisela Stehr and Rebecca Gould, learn all about the Sheng Zhen Qigong practice, view a video about Master Li’s amazing life story, and relax with some heart-opening Sheng Zhen Qigong movements. This is a free event and you are encouraged to bring along a friend or family member. If you are interested and don’t know where in Ballard we are located, contact Gisela at 206-526-0513

Master Li, Kuan Yin Standing

Master Li in Seattle

This is not to be missed! Join us for Master Li's workshop April 28 and 29. For details, visit my website where you can download a flyer. Spring Special Rate $215; regular rate is $250. Acupuncturists earn 12 CEU's for the weekend!  Register online or by mailing payment to Emerald Feng Shui Institute, P.O.
Box 30763, Seattle WA, 98113. Contact Gisela Stehr with any questions.

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