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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong)

How fortunate I am to be living in an area where people can meet throughout the week to practice this amazing guided meditation known as Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong). My friend, Mitch introduced me to Falun Dafa and I had also heard a bunch of wonderful testimonials from strangers about it too, so of course I was curious and finally I “showed up.” My first “meet-up” was at Bindu Yoga Studio in Del Mar, just strangers and friends coming together on a late Saturday afternoon. Myself and a girl from Manhattan who was on a business trip staying at the hotel down the street were the first to show up that afternoon, both “newbies” to the practice and it was over an hour of just peaceful and thoughtful movement, the warm orange light of the sun setting into the ocean filling the entire studio and afterwards the sky was the most brilliant shades of blue with a crescent moon hovering above, there couldn’t have been a prettier setting and introduction for us. I like that it’s open, there’s no walls, no dogma, it’s not a religion, no ritual, no doctrine and how humbled am I to know that there’s people like Mitch who commit their time every week volunteering to organize these “meet-ups” up and down the coast so they can share Falun Dafa with everyone. It’s free of charge, there’s no donations and everyone is welcome, just show up, help heal your bodies, feel light with your mind clear and clean, at peace and as Mitch has said,

“…the amazing peace that you feel after practicing is genuinely pure, sincere and incredibly inspiring to human health. While the exercises help to reduce stress and bring great improvements in health and fitness, the purpose of practicing Falun Gong is to connect to one’s true inner self, to strive to be more honest, more kind, and more patient as taught by the founder of Falun Dafa, Teacher Li Hongzhi.”

Falun Dafa/Falun Gong is widespread, practiced all over the world. Hopefully you’ll be moved to action or inspired knowing that there are people out there who have been persecuted, jailed and killed in China just for coming together and practicing. The facts and the history will make you think about freedom, human rights, value and importance, offering perspective and understanding. If you’re local here’s the site where you can check the schedule for the weekly “meet-ups” and if you’re not local here’s the site that will help you locate a practice in your area. Check it.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

wednesday farmer’s market

Did you know downtown Encinitas is getting a second farmer’s market every Wednesday starting this springtime? May through September, the farmers market will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and October through April, it will run from 4 to 7 p.m. taking up about two-thirds of the 80-space parking lot on the corner of Vulcan and E St. right along the railroad tracks. Come out and support local growers and artisans, Sundays and Wednesdays, sweet!