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June 2024 - Making Space for Change

Program Host: Vicki Dello Joio

June 13th, 2024

8:30 – 9:30 PM Eastern

We live in a time of great change. It’s difficult to keep up with the new demands on our life and time. We search for new order and meaning in our life to adjust to the rapid changes. We are astounded by the dramatic climate change that is causing increased destruction. We endure great frustration with the internet and as we adjust to the new complexities of a world run by AI. We live in a different world than our parents and grandparents when life was simple”natural.” We struggle as we navigate the health care systems with its insurance choices and pharmaceutical expenses. Our families often live far apart and aging parents often spend their last years alone or in nursing homes.The traditional gender roles are in flux. Our political structures are divided as we struggle to make sense of our society. All these changes cause stress to our body, mind, and spirit. Stress causes disease and shortens life. Stress can put our brain into fight or flight mode and causes disfunction as we feel like we are always on the edge of running as fast as we can, or collapsing into exhaustion.

We need to create space to release stress, so we can make intelligent and creative choices. To do this,we must stop, and center ourselves. Qigong, energy work, begins with learning to be still. Qigong provides a means to reconnect with our body,mind, and spirit, for health and healing in these times of great change. We reconnect with the force of gravity, centering, and grounding in quietude. Out of this stillness we reconnect with the way to be in greater harmony with the forces of change we encounter, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional.

Qigong basic principles give us a way to reconnect with our higher intelligence and remember who we truly are. With the integrity of wholeness Qigong offers, we can make better choices.

Janet Seafoth

Janet Seaforth lives in northern California where she’s taught Qigong and Tai Chi for over forty years. Her title, Simu, means “teacher mother.” In 1980, she founded Po Yun Nei Kuan (PYNK), White Cloud Women’s Temple School. She created a Qigong set for health and healing, called PYNK Qigong.

She participated in the first Women’s Martial Arts trainings and contended at the Fifth Wushu Championships in Huang Shan, China, as part of team USA. She has been an activist and advocate for the environment and for women since 1973. In addition to her teaching, she has supported herself as a ceramist, a farmer, and a caregiver. All of this work has enriched her understanding of Qi and has deepened her practice and her teaching.