Self Connection Qigong with Rik Midgley
Self Connection is the ability to be tangibly aware of the body with curiosity and acceptance, acknowledging the body's language of sensations and feelings as a longing to inform how it perceives life may be enriched. This empathic presence engenders congruence between mind and body, enhancing resonance between the energy driving our thoughts and the energetic yearnings residing in the body. Well being and self-esteem grow, and awareness of the play of tension between the two becomes a dance of life, a celebration of thriving authentic expression.
Self Connection Qigong uses repetitive natural movements to explore the mind-body interaction from the body's perspective of tangible sensations. The calming practice supports familiarisation of this relationship, encouraging enhanced awareness with a balanced mind, an invitation to welcome the whole physical self into presence.
It enables impartial observation of the inter-relationship of mind-body, creating space to simply be with physical expression. In this stillness, this ‘beingness’, energies from our unprocessed passed that are held physically in the body naturally express as tangible sensations. The balanced and calm observation of these sensations allows the natural healing response, a process of unwinding, allowing to settle into presence. The Buddha gave an example of a rope – twist it and twist it until it coils and tenses, and then let go, do nothing, allow, nature does the rest. These moments in which the habit of continual mental reaction to our physical energy is brought to consciousness, and held in awareness with a loving pause, these precious unreactive moments create the space for rejuvenation, for choice, for empowerment and freedom to be fully alive. A spanner in the machine; social change begins with stillness in our hearts.
Rik has been developing Self Connection Qigong since 2008. The movements are derived from Classical Yang Style Taichi (INFO), while he has incorporated body awareness from his practice of Vipassana Meditation (INFO) since 1990, an understanding of the empathic process through his Nonviolent Communication experience (INFO), a number of somatic healing and trauma release processes, along with his personal practice of taichi and yoga since 1990.
This was the first time I have felt truth in my body, permission to feel truth in my body because Rik's class feels so authentic and safe, the imagery he used, communicated in such a gentle,loving and peaceful way offered an immediate opening into the present moment. Emma Cole, yoga teacher, London
This was an amazing workshop, it really worked for me in bringing my awareness to the tension I am holding. The way Rik lead this workshop was fantastic. We felt safe to relax, I found it releasing a great deal for me, it was awesome. Cathy Liste, Reflexologist, Poole
I experienced a profound state of stillness and peace in my first qigong class. Rik is a skillful, sensitive and inspiring teacher. He enabled me to come Home to myself. Lizzie Lumiyati, London
Beautiful class. Each time I've been I feel soft, open and energised afterwards. Rik has a depth of knowledge and a huge wisdom in his field. Michelle
For further details email: Rik@ChooseCompassion.uk