COLUMN: The art of reflection
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
-Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock
Antigonish – A 10-day training session in Sheng Zhen Qigong will be held at St.Francis Xavier University from August 5-15.
The session will be taught by Master Li Junfeng who is the founder and principal teacher of Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong. Li is perhaps best known as having been the head coach of the world-renowned Beijing Wushu (Martial Arts) Team and National Wushu Team of the People's Republic of China. Under his leadership, the Beijing Wushu Team consistently won first place in national and international competitions for more than 12 years, elevating the standards of excellence and quality worldwide. After practicing and teaching Wushu (martial arts) and training champions for many years, he gave up his career to devote his time to teaching Sheng Zhen Gong to the world.
Currently, Li tours the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe throughout the year. During these workshops and trainings he shares his wisdom, his understanding, his love - his entire being, so that others too may experience the joy and contentment that permeates his life. Simply being with him enables one to grasp and experience the depth and the beauty of this loving practice.
Qigong looks like T’ai Chi, but is much easier to learn. On the outside, it looks like a moving meditation: slow graceful rhythmic repetitive movements, which relax the body and stretch tendons and ligaments. It also centres the mind, reduces stress and uplifts spirits.
Fifty advanced qigong practitioners have preregistered; from all parts of Canada, USA & Europe. About 20 Nova Scotians will also be participating in the workshop. There will be a demonstration of Sheng Zhen Qigong by the seminar participants on Friday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Art Fair at Chisholm Park. In cae of rain, it will be held in the Antigonish Legion building on Main Street.