One of my favorite aspects of embarking on any journey is the anticipation that something magical might happen, at an ordinary and unexpected point along the way…For me, the trick – and often the challenge – has always been to allow myself to be open to possibilities.
Once, while traveling abroad, I realized I was at the wrong train station – the correct train station was across town – with less than twenty minutes to spare. This led to a frenetic and forever memorable taxi ride (and yes, I caught the train, but just barely…).
If, at any point during my first three years of practicing Yi Ren® qigong, anyone had suggested that this practice would develop into a life-long passion for me, I’m pretty certain I would have had my doubts.
Yes, I loved attending class. Yes, I enjoyed the community of fellow practitioners. Yes, I was starting to understand a handful of movements to the point that I could practice them without my notes.
And yet… I was overwhelmed at the concept that I might ever succeed at knowing more than a small handful of movement s; and I had yet to develop anything remotely close to a personal practice.
Fortunately, I was completely unconscious of any potential for developing a life-time passion for this practice. Instead, I simply kept registering for classes, kept practicing to the best of my abilities, and started creating treasured memories, many of which I plan to share in future blog posts.
Even with more than ten years of practice, I am still a bit nervous about starting a blog. Yes, I am excited to see my journey unfolding in a new direction. Yes, this feels like an essential component of my own growth. And yet… I am certain there will be unexpected bumps in the road.
As I start to type the final words of my inaugural post, my stomach is starting to tingle. A sense of the magical unknown – as well as a joyous sense of anticipation – are both present. The path ahead feels like an odd mix of the unknown and the just right, which sounds like just the right mix for something magical to happen … as long as I am open to the possibilities.