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Awakening in the Body: Meditation with Qigong

The cultivation of awareness in the body, which the Buddha taught as the first foundation of mindfulness, opens the doorway to the wisdom and compassion which is our true nature. Through practicing relaxed, spacious, moment-to-moment awareness of the changing flow of sensations and energy in the body, we can begin to experience directly our deep interconnectedness with all life.

Qigong, a powerful complement and support to our meditation practice, is a series of elegantly simple movements which brings a radiant openness and balance to the body and mind. Together, meditation and qigong strengthen our capacity to be present, see clearly and directly sense the body as a doorway to the boundless. The combination of sitting meditation and the meditative movement of qigong is especially helpful in awakening a joyful, embodied presence in our daily lives.

2012-06-11 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2012-06-12 On Mindfulness of Body and On Going Bananas 54:35
Pascal Auclair
2012-06-13 The Intimacy of the Present Moment 48:04
Julie Wester
Coming home to the intimacy of the present moment, Elemental Awareness. Experiencing ourselves as part of the flow of life-made of the same elemental energies.
2012-06-14 Guided Meditation: Elemental Awareness 30:28
Julie Wester
Resting in the body as a field of changing energy. Inquiring into an area of strong sensation in the body. Touching into the Nature of Life.
2012-06-14 Thursday Yoga Nidra 45:41
Anne Cushman
2012-06-14 Letting Go Through the Body 54:01
Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
Letting go through the body and meditating with strong emotions.
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