I am grateful for the context of tradition and lineage. I feel a large part of my practice was hollow without the thread to ground and connect through the generations of those before and after. Like reaching for heaven without any substance, fire and no water. The way you presented the tradition from Li Shi Fu- so thoughtful, specific, and filled with meaning- gave a different experience to learning movement and ritual.
As much as I value all the moments of the winter solstice retreat, there is one moment that is most shining in my memory. It was in the park, the day we greeted the rising sun, and after we practiced Bagua pattern stepping. It was during the time you were reading to us about 49 barriers. How can I describe in words my experience? I’ve given that question a lot of thought since then and now.
The best I can come up with is that it felt like I had a taste of what it would be like to be beyond the effects of the 49 barriers, centered in such a way that the lures and forces of the world could not pull or push upon me. It did not feel like a dead state at all, but rather an extremely alive and pleasant state. Thank you very much for somehow briefly transporting me to that state, or a least a shadow of that state. I think about that experience every day.
Thank you so very much for the Solstice Retreat. It was a perfect way to reconnect with the practices, and spend some time in contemplation about what path my life will take.
The combination of Qi Gong and diet had powerful effects on digestion and elimination processes of the body, and my overall mental focus. Eating the fresher whole foods I felt a sustained nourishment from smaller amounts of food. I appreciated this experience, because it has been one of my struggles is taking the time to adopt some new habits.
There are so many more wonderful moments during the retreat where I felt my practice deepen… or become more empowered I should say. It was a brilliant, focused introduction to the practices for new students, and would be a great experience for students already familiar with the practice to re connect.