taking the path of the Healer: movement meditation to build individual and community resilience
the Way of the Healer or Caretaker is to notice what has heart and meaning. good news. noticing opens us to love, gratitude, and validation. we express the Way of the Healer through our attitudes and actions that maintain personal health and support the welfare of our community.
Angeles Arrien PhD, an anthropologist and educator, in her book “The Four-Fold Way,” taps the sacred wisdom of tribal peoples for insights into healing ourselves and our fragmented world. the first way of the peaceful Warrior is being present; the second is the Healer, who notices what has heart and meaning; the third is the Visionary, who speaks their truth without blame or judgment; and the fourth is the Teacher, who is open and not attached to outcome. let's explore the second way, the Healer:
studies report those who recall good experiences, small victories, kind gestures, warm feelings, or their blessings daily were able to handle stresses and conflicts, had more hours of sleep each night, and were more tranquil and satisfied with their lives. we share a few of the following exercises to help. these are easy to do at home, or when modified, even at work or at a public gathering; anytime where the need for a deeper composure to meet a challenge presents itself:
one: breathing chi, (cleansing breath)
notice your breathing as you follow the exercise. begin by following the breath from when and where it enters and leaves, pause in stillness at the top and bottom of each. listen to the silence. repeat.
two: notice (be open)
lie on the floor (or sit in a chair) with your eyes open and softly focused on a distant point, raise one hand and point to the ceiling. notice the breath. change to the other hand. breathe. repeat.
place the right hand over your heart and your left hand over your right hand. breathe. recall positive experiences: the fragrance of flowers, the kindness of a stranger, the savory meal you enjoyed, the phone call from a friend, your strengths and talents, your contributions at work, to family and community, the love you give and receive. keep noticing the breath. repeat.
we can help ourselves thrive as we literally change our brain. positive experiences begin to predominate, and old patterns of negativity can fall away. no longer a prisoner to thoughts, opinions, judgments and reactions, we can tap into peace and contentment every day. it will change everything, and for the better. it's that simple!
our four week class series “Walking the Paths of the Warrior Teacher Healer and Visionary" is a movement meditative practice that honors the body, mind and spirit. in addition to these exercises, we teach Yang style Tai chi from China by Cheng Man Ching, which allows the nervous system to relax and achieve a deep state of healing. meditation, rhythm and breathing exercises allow for continuing practices in your daily life. we hope you join our class. please take a little poll: