Notes on Qi for a Nurturing Life

I just received the April 2011 issue of Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life), an e-magazine put out monthly by a network for all Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and meditation practitioners, health seekers, and spiritual cultivators.

The mission of the network is to promote philosophy and methods of self-healing, positive mind and health preservation, and to share knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in the subjects and their applications in everyday life.

The e-magazine always has interesting personalized articles, as well as abstracts from the latest medical journals.

I was struck by some of the wry, funny, contemplative poetry in the latest issue:

What Is Qigong? by Solala Tower

“What is this thing you do?” he asks hesitantly over the phone.

This quee gong? Is it martial arts or is some kind of health practice?”

“Well, I answer, it’s a health practice and a meditation practice, as well as a spiritual practice.”

“Wow,” he says, “all in one package, huh? What a deal!”

If a Daoist had composed the error messages that appear on a computer screen…. by Anonymous

Stay the patient course
Of little worth is your ire
The network is down.

A crash reduces
your expensive computer
to a simple stone.

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that.

You step in the stream,
but the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Selected Poetry by Jacob Newell

Letting go of all my concerns
I settle deeply into the serenity of nature
It’s already there
I don’t have to do a darn thing
Greater than anything
Anyone could ever contrive

I hope these poems help you cultivate your Qi for Body, Mind & Spirit, as Yang-Sheng says at the end of every issue.

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