From the Editor
by Michelle Wood
Welcome to the Longevity issue of Yang Sheng! It seems appropriate to close out 2013 on this topic since we tend to have more time for quiet activities like qigong and meditation, as well as making special holiday meals at this time of year. It’s a wonderful time to focus on new practices and routines that will contribute to your long and happy life. Allowing these to become habit now will not only enhance your life and lifestyle, but help you maintain your new practices as we move later into the busier times of the year.
I know you will love the diversity of the articles we have for you this month! Our feature article,
The Longevity of Primordial Wuji Qigong by Shifu Michael Rinaldini, describes the philosophy of this practice which not only cultivates Five Element energies, it transmutes jing, qi and shen energies, and brings one into harmony with the Dao. It includes detailed instructions on how to practice the visualizations and movements to align oneself with Source.
Also in this issue are columns on longevity from the perspective of myths and legends about the stars; the scientific evidence of how lifestyle changes like nutrition, movement, stress-reduction and social contact contribute to a long and happy life; how the slow, studied movements in the practice of Taiji creates a unified experience of mind-body through breath and imagination; fabulously delicious recipes utilizing foods for the winter season (I can hardly wait to try the Roasted Garlic Miso Cauliflower with Caramelized Black Plums!).
May you have a joyful and blessed holiday season, and happy and prosperous new year.