Author: Narrye Caldwell

Integrity and the Body

The Quakers have a testimony about integrity. In a nutshell, it instructs us to make our outside match our inside.  If you think about this for a moment you’ll see that this is not at all easy.  How many times…

Food for the Spirit

There are many ways to feed the spirit. I think of qigong, tea, dancing, music, gardening, books.  Let’s not forget books.  Hopefully, you still read them. I know many people don’t anymore.  But there’s something about a real book, either…

The Power of the Small

I was feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and tired.  It happens to all of us at times.  The press of our responsibilities and commitments begins to weigh us down. There’s too much to do, and not enough time. We lose balance and…

Blossoms workshop in Aptos

On January 30 a small group gathered in Aptos, California for a three hour Blossoms in the Spring workshop with Narrye Caldwell.  Sitting in a circle with a view of the redwoods, we started with qigong basics then proceeded through…

Teapots

Recently an old friend, who has years of Tai Chi and Qigong experience, asked me if it would add anything to his practice to come to an afternoon workshop to learn Blossoms in the Spring.  This is an excellent question. …

Falling Apart

It’s amazing how quickly things fall apart. Yesterday I spent an hour tidying my house in anticipation of visitors.  This morning there was already dog hair on the couch (my pug sheds incessantly,) laundry to be done, papers to be…

No Time

Here’s how it usually goes: up at 7:00, take the dog out, rustle up a cup of tea (or coffee), eye on the clock, figure there’s just enough time to check email then, for sure, you’ll have ten spacious uninterrupted minutes for qigong before diving into the shower and preparing to head off to work for the day.

Breathing

This morning when I went out to the frosty meadow near my house to practice I took my elk horn knives.  I like to get at least one session a week in with these crescent shaped weapons.  They’re a good…

Qigong and the Moon

Lately I’ve been experimenting with ways to tune my daily qigong practice so that it reflects natural cycles, rather than sticking to a rigid plan.