DAY 463. As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day, I’d like to share a qu…


DAY 463. As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day, I’d like to share a quote. “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
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I recently listened to an interview with Lizzie Velasquez ( @littlelizziev ), author, speaker, and anti-bullying activist. Lizzie has a very rare disease in which, among other things, she cannot gain weight. She has suffered bullying from a young age and she made a point during the interview that I find so potent.
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How curious it is that in a bully situation we tend to focus all our support on the one on which the bullying is being brought. We shame the bully and make them wrong, when in reality, both parties need support, nurturing, attention, and love. Hurt people hurt people. A bully is someone who is hurting, so when they hurt another we must treat both people as such and attend to them equally.
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In the last post I shared the Taiji Sword form Cut the Grass, Sweep the Brow. In this one I’m demonstrating how to practice this as a Qigong form, without a sword, but with sword consciousness. The fingers of the root hand touch the wrist, or “take the pulse” at the acupuncture points there. We hold no real sword, but continue to send the energy out from the tips of fingers. In this way, we learn to extend the Qi past the physical boundary of the body.
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