March 12, 2005 at 8:43 am #3301
I have spent the last 2 weeks in the alps climbing and skiing, and developing my own “ski Gung” (joke).
Anyway, as my practice deepens, I start to realize that there comes a time when I really cannot separate what happens in nature around me from my own practice and inner nature.
I spent 2 weeks on the Monte Bianco, the biggest piece of granite in Europe. All this time I felt like being in the lap of the mother. It is such a profound experience when the mountain starts communicating to something deep inside. In being there and gradually opening to that place, I felt only gratitude. Felt like i was being given a treatment by nature. And I thought of the recluses on the holy mountains in tibet and China, who experienced how the mountains took them into their hearts. And how deep that communication is. And it also reminded me of M. Winns article about the deep language in nature.
After a week, my sleep pattern changed. I woke refreshed at eight( which I never do) and I felt “fed” in a way. My need for food diminished. Actually, we all ate alot because we burned alot of energy all day long, but I felt like I really didn’t need that much anyway.
So these to weeks I din’t practice or meditate, but I really din’t need to. Just being there was qigong. This makes me aware how much we are dependent on the pure energies of nature, and the spiritual aspect of the natural elements. Air, mountain(metal),water, earth. And how much have gone missing in our urban society, and how cut off we can be living in the city, surrounded by man-made structures. I felt it immediately after coming to Milan, on my way home. How much that was energetically missing…
Anyway, Just wanted to share. Comments are welcome.
The coffee is sooo much better in Italy, by the way. Not to speak of the pizza.
hMarch 12, 2005 at 8:46 am #3302March 12, 2005 at 10:12 am #3304
I’ve been thinking of you while reading this amazing book:
Baker, Ian. 2004 (November). The Heart Of The World: A Journey To The Last Secret Place.
It combines Tibetan Buddhist practice, earth-energy, and world-class exploration into a great story. The guy, who writes very well, is searching for ne, special sites with energies that transport you into different realms. He is specifically searching for a mythical waterfall that is the heart chakra of goddess whose body is splayed over the landscape. The landscape is the Tsangpo River, the deepest gorge in the world, that still hasn’t been descended.
Ski-gung…I like that!
ChrisMarch 14, 2005 at 9:05 am #3306
I will check it out.
BTW, what’s up with all the arguing here?
hMarch 14, 2005 at 9:21 am #3308
We spend too much time in front of computers, and not enough time in nature?
Hmmm, if that is so, then it is time to go out into the snow on this blue-sky morning!
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