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.
Rebecca Gould, LMP, CHHP
Certified Qigong Instructor