100 Day Challenge – Happy Lunar New Year!!

12670202_10153296941090759_5680691920923882930_nChinese New Year begins on February 8, 2016 this year. It has become tradition for me to join many others in a 100 day challenge. Do one thing everyday for 100 days without fail. Master Chunyi Lin of Spring Forest Qigong says, “A tip from Spring Forest Qigong Master Chunyi Lin for getting the greatest benefits from your qigong practice – consistency. Practice every day, at the same time, for 2 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, the longer the better but practice every day to get your energy flowing into perfect balance and harmony. Practice for 100 days in a row and your body will naturally start to balance at that time each day even if you have to miss a day.” Learn more about the Spring Forest Qigong 100 day challenge here

When I first started Qigong and Tai Chi, my Shifu, Wendy DeGraffenried in Wasilla, Alaska told me about the tradition of the 100 day challenge in her lineage. Through the years, I’ve taken various challenges’ everything from decluttering, journaling to learning a new form or healing a specific health condition. This year I am going to do 100 days of  Spring Forest Qigong Healing Meditation for at least 1 hour a day. I already have a daily Qigong practice; but, I frequently cut my meditation time short. I think it’s time to give it more attention and intention.

In the past I’ve used the handy progress chart supplied by Master Lin. I really do love my smartphone and need all the help I can get. I discovered the HabitBull app which is very motivating. It sends reminders and not only tracks progress but delivers incentives and a supportive community forum. You can track multiple habits at the same time.

I’ve also set up mini goals  at 25 days. I am treating myself to different locations and some material rewards for sticking with the challenge.

All in all, I’m pretty excited about this year of the Fire Monkey. My late husband was a Monkey. There is a lighthearted playfulness to them. I am going embrace my monkey mind and take some risks, leap into new things, play, and find the light and fire where I can this year. My horoscope for this year is encouraging:

Happy, easy going, honest, trusting, sincere, optimistic, sociable, unrealistic, materialistic

Although single Boars may receive a lot of opportunity for romance, this year doesn’t seem to be the one that they turn long-term. Long-term relationships may struggle with misunderstandings and it is advisable to keep emotions under control

They are sensitive and sincere so they are ideal partners, as long as they don’t become too possessive and jealous and allow their loved ones space.

It may be the year to focus on personal success, as wealth is looking stable with a lucky star shining over Boars.

Overall, for all animal signs it is a great time for individual pursuits, especially for new inventions, creations and for taking a risk and being daring, rebellious and adventurous. New projects should be successful with the Monkey’s entrepreneurial and artistic influence, as long as they are rationally thought out and ruled by the head and not by emotions.

Dreams that may have been previously considered as far-fetched are within easy reach in 2016, with the year promising an incredible amount of positive transformational changes, making it a year to be remembered.

Courtesy of http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/02/happy-chinese-new-year-2016-animal-horoscopes/

 

Warming the Pot

To properly brew tea you first need to warm the pot.  I’ve started warming the pot.

Many of you visited this site when I had a web design & hosting business. After 15 years, I decided it was time to do something different. So, As of October 1, 2015, I officially retired from the web thing and am not doing things that nourish me mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Working with computers is draining and at times soul sucking. I truly enjoyed my clients and helping them manifest their ideas; however, I became unbalanced.

mississippiSo, I heard the call for Qigong in Brainerd, MN, my new home. This website will support that initiative as well as occasionally have some personal links and such. I’m going to leave the blog as the home page to keep the search engines happy. They tend to rank sites that regularly update higher. We need to appease the almighty and powerful Google.