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  •  You are very welcome. (7+ / 0-)

    We all have our challenges and preferences, and they do change over time.

    When I was in my twenties, I was a seriously committed and ambitious martial artist. I studied an unusual Americanized version of Shotokan Karate and eventually earned my 1st kyu in the style. I stopped training when I was in the middle of preparing for my black belt test. Long story, but the short version was that I knew I didn't want to continue training at that time, and so didn't want to get the black belt and then quit. (It made sense to me at the time; you know how that goes.)

    Maybe I was still very much in my head at that time of my life, but probably I was more physically grounded then than at any time before or since. And I really, really felt motivated then to push my body to the limit. No spiritual component to the martial arts for me!

    And now, that's the very aspect that draws me back, at least with qi gong. With yoga, I don't care for the explicitly spiritual practice either. It's the breathwork that I find satisfying now, and the opportunity for gentle but thorough stretching.

    It's also quite possible that you're simply way more physically fit right now than I was when all this started. The complementary diary that I'll write in a few weeks (Bodies in Motion) will describe my satisfaction with the Livestrong program at my local YMCA. I couldn't have handled the exertion a year ago; now, the timing is perfect for me.

    Ultimately, it comes down to careful attending to your own body/mind/spirit. You'll know what you are hankering for if you give a listen. At least that's my hope!

    Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:43:23 PM PST

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