I do my morning yoga and qigong facing the sun coming up in the east so that when I do my sun salutes I can appreciate the invigorating sunshine as I begin my day. This morning a big smile came across my face when I saw a bright yellow finch in the green leaves of my birch tree. I realized that the reason I love finches and cardinals is because they brighten up the green in the trees the same way that flowers brighten up a garden. Today is going to be a good day.
I often prescribe qigong and meditation to my patients to enhance the effects of their acupuncture treatments. I usually meditate in the evenings, but lately I’ve felt like I need more, so I’ve been meditating for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a day and I added qigong to my morning yoga routine. During my practice this week I’ve been appreciating the light spring air breathing in through my windows and cleansing out all of winter’s stagnation. I’ve been immensely happy to enjoy my favorite meditation spot on the deck with my birch tree whispering to me while the finches flutter nearby. These daily practices really uplift me and give me more passion for my beautiful little life here as an acupuncturist.