RECTOR'S LETTER = SUMMER 2017

Journey to Wellness - Join us Saturdays at 8 a.m.

How many times have we all talked about the need to get moving, de-stress, lead healthier lifestyles, devote some time to re-connecting with our inner selves and appreciate whatever season of life we are in?

This summer, I invite you to tap into an ancient path to spiritual health in a new program called Journey to Wellness. I hope that every member of our parish will invite friends, family and neighbors in our local faith community to join us. We’ll begin on July 1, using our beautiful outdoor property to learn Tai Chi, a discipline that is part of my personal practice and that I have taught for many years. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and will last 30-60 minutes. Qigong (pronounced chee gong) will also be incorporated.

Tai Chi combines gentle, flowing movements with focused breathing and meditation. With practice, we’ll get in touch with our bodies, our selves, and the serenity that can be achieved no matter what emotional or physical space surrounds us. Our Tai Chi class will be appropriate for all ages and abilities.

Busy lifestyles often cloud our need to make time for necessary spiritual practices, and we forget how their benefits can increase health and vitality in other areas of our lives. Tai Chi makes use of breathing, movement, verticality and simple shifting of weight to increase awareness of our bodies and the intimate connection we each have with the whole universe. For centuries, the Chinese people have practiced Tai Chi as part of their daily health regimen. Most Tai Chi is done outdoors which allows for direct contact with nature.

I invite you bring your family and friends, wear some comfy clothes and rubber-soled shoes, and join us as we embark on this exciting journey towards wholeness and wellness at St. Margaret’s!

Blessings,

Fr. Isaias