Published on June 29th, 2017 | by George Cappannelli0
Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?
By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli
Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.
And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.
By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.
Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.
The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.life or call 1-800-959-2892. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.
About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging
“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock
“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.
About the Work
“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.