The Irish Had It Wrong

There’s a lot more loving you than the “wind at your back”

First off, yes – I know. Thank you. St. Paddy’s Day was last month.
(Perhaps some of you are still hung over? Hope not!)

I love this Celtic expression of good wishes because the Irish, as always, explain something difficult, life-affirming and contrary in a beautiful and nature-based way.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

The rains fall soft upon your fields and.

Until we meet again.

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

What beautiful imagery. And what I really love?

You can actually feel the five directions; north, south, west, east and the center.

(If you’re wondering, I consider the center direction as being held in the loving hand of God/the Universe/Source/whatever works and honors you.)

Earlier this week I shared a Five-Direction Qigong Meditation that strengthens your connection to the sun, moon and stars.

If you’re an animal lover – and most of our Morning Crane crew flock are – this meditation is perfect for you!

If you read fantasy novels, even better.

There are a LOT of groovy and cool creatures you call upon for help and guidance when you practice the Five-Direction meditation.

Red phoenix from the south? Check.

White tiger from the west? Check.

Blue turtle from the north? Check.

Green dragon from the east? Check.

Golden phoenix from the center? Check.

Even if you’re new to Feng Shui – our theme all this month – you can’t help but notice that when you sit or stand doing this Qigong practice, which direction you’re facing can matter.

How do you know?

As in life, you feel different based on which direction you’re facing.


You’re activating and balancing different organs in connection with the environment around you.

Meditation and mindfulness are so powerful (It’s been proven to increase the gray-matter in the brain!)

When you look within and expand, you are literally changing the energy of the space you’re in and the people around you.

Nasty co-workers and bully in-laws, get ready!

Qigong, no matter the type of practice, is powerful protection from negativity, harm and self-harm.

Yes, we are often our biggest and cruelest bullies, correct? Qigong meditation tames that nasty, brutalizing beast within.

As winter officially thaws and the season around us shifts into summer, look within to shift your inner nature so you’re happier, healthier and more mindful.

May you hit the road and feel the power of Qigong this summer.

May you not have too much wind.May you smile at the sun.

Dance in the rain. Make love in the fields.

And hold hands with your inner healer.

Or whatever the Irish say!

Until next time, be well and Qi ya later!

-Chris Shelton

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