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A while back, I found a copy of the DVD Presence Through Movement: Qi Flow Yoga at a thrift store and paid $2.99. What a find! The DVD is divided into three segments, which is perfect for alternating sessions on a daily basis. At first, I was unable to feel and build the Qi. However with patience and practise I am now able to work with and expand this beautiful energy. Qi Flow yoga has become an integral part of my spiritual practice.
Kim Eng’s gentle voice guides you through shaking blocked energy in the body, clearing (combing) your energy field, balancing the chakras, grounding, etc. The results from practising daily Qi Flow yoga are nothing short of miraculous. It aids in calming the mind—making it possible to feel the radiant energy that always flows through the body, but is usually obscured from too much mental activity. From working with this energy comes a sense of aliveness, wellness, fearlessness, and inner tranquility.
Recently, I signed out a book called Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age With the Music of Bruce Springsteen. Its memoir-like style with ample and often humorous footnotes makes it an entertaining read. Hope and I were talking about Walk Like a Man and she asked to hear “Radio Nowhere” from Springsteen’s 2007 album Magic. I wasn’t into Magic when it first came out. I remember Hope was in her car seat as I impatiently peeled the plastic off the CD cover and inserted the disc into our car’s CD player. We drove around until we had listened to the entire album. If I felt anything at all, it was irritation. But as often is the case with Springsteen CDs, Magic grew on me. “Radio Nowhere,” for example, was played at high volume many, many times. Today, I felt that familiar rush of nostalgia while listening to Magic. “You’ll Be Comin’ Down,” “Your Own Worst Enemy,” and “Last to Die” are all catchy tunes with lyrics that leave you feeling somewhat uneasy. In particular though, “Last to Die” is on repeat as it just happens to be another contemplative song from the perspective of a driver behind the wheel.
Oh, and today I heard a fine new release called “Way It Is, Way It Could Be” by The Weather Station. Mentioned here because it’s another pensive road trip song. Hmmm, this mental playlist is expanding.