So… sitting still on a meditation cushion to achieve peace and better health doesn’t sound all that appealing to you?
Yet you want to develop a spiritual practice…one that that unites you with the energy of the Universe instead of creating separation?
Or, perhaps you like the idea of a different approach to spirituality because you have heard the buzz about the health benefits of meditation, but you simply cannot sit still for even five minutes? Maybe you’re interested in exploring the idea that energy is everywhere, and you want to learn how to access your own energy more easily?
Then join me for a three-hour introductory class on Sum Faht Meditation.
Sum Faht Meditation blends Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and encourages us to practice “being” rather than “thinking or doing”. One way to help ourselves “be” is through the integration of movement into our meditation practice. When we are connected with breath, and aware of our bodies, it is difficult for our brains to be thinking of anymindbodyawarenessclassthing else.
Through that combination of stillness and movement we integrate mind, body and spirit. Sum Faht cultivation allows us to awaken and connect with our inner wisdom, our higher self. As part of Taoist meditation, it’s not unusual to manifest vocalizations, mudras or spontaneous movements. By letting our own energy flow freely through us, we allow relatively quick healing and release of blockages.
This path encourages us to be deeply aware of the sensations in our bodies, remain connected to our breath, and allows our internal energies to arise and flow. This opens us to authentic movement (or stillness) which is driven by our own innate knowledge of what our bodies, spirits, and minds need in the moment.
As we allow the mind to relax we begin to hear the wisdom expressed by our internal energy. We are able to cultivate a deeper sense of peace. We begin to see more clearly areas where we have been stuck and begin to move through them, using our inner wisdom as a guide rather than our intellect.
SumFaht Meditation 2And, we begin to understand that what we perceive with our eyes and minds can be very superficial, but what we see from our hearts is real. The practices and exercises in Sum Faht classes are designed to facilitate deeper connection with our higher self.
Sum Faht focuses on the growth of each INDIVIDUAL. The goal is for each person to learn to trust that they have their own answers and can find their way in life from a knowing within themselves.
In the 3 hour intro course we’ll explore:
Basics of Meditation – breathing, posture, focus Mudra Meditation – a seated meditation that moves through 16 mudras (hand postures) Introduction to Energy/Qi – you are guided in experiential exercises, which will produce a realization of energy/qi as tangible. 12 Brocades Qi Gong – a formal qi gong series to help you deepen your awareness of your internal energy Guided movements – moving meditations, which allow for the nature of energy within us to express itself through movement Partner exercises – ways of practicing with the tools and techniques we have learned in class with each other
This form of meditation is not new but thousands of years old, originating from the Chinese community in Malaysia. As is the Asian custom, it has been transmitted directly from teacher to student, and I look forward to sharing it with you.
Sum Faht Meditation Sunday, Aug 20 9:30 am to 12:30 pm $45 for advanced registration $60 at the door
Click here for registration information. I look forward to seeing you soon! - Amy Colvin
Anacortes Center for Happiness 619 Commercial Avenue The Ballroom (55 steps up) Anacortes, WA 98221 360.464.2229