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Page 3 - Qigong for Weight Loss I
Daphnis and Chloe (1827), Jean-Pierre Cortot. Louvre
Present day media improperly and potentially dangerously offers too thin models or actors, or professional athletes as goal models. Here Daphnis and Chloe, and David are offered as artistic examples of a perfect weight; something to strive for in theory.
In a second century C.E. Greek story, as infants they are found by shepherds, and grow up secretly in love with each other. After adventures they are happily married. In the sculpture their bodies seem to represent an anima/animus perfection.
About Food and Qi.
BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) is often used by health professionals to judge what is an individual's proper weight.
Your BMI may be calculated for free on the WWW. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute site is http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/
The U.S. Government site is http://www.consumer.gov/weightloss/bmi.htm
An excellent site is http://web4health.info/en/answers/ed-dia-weight-bmi-calc.htm
If you suffer or may suffer from anorexia or bulimia see a doctor immediately. If friends, co-workers, family members tell you that you are already too thin pay attention to what they say! The above web4health site may offer needed answers in such situations.
Trying to have the body of a model, movie star, or athlete is counter productive for most of us. Never-the-less, the healthiest, longest living, most energetic, most beautiful people are usually not overweight or obese. Achieving and maintaining the proper weight for wellbeing is a very honorable goal. Over time, through qigong, it may be accomplished.
John Voigt is currently writing a book on Asian Spiritual Weight Loss. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
Mantak Chia. Awaken Healing Energy Through Tao. Aurora.
Alex Gray. Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art. Inner Traditions.
George A. Katchmer. The Tao of Bioenergetics. YMAA.
Lu K'uan Y. Taoist Yoga. Weiser.
Master Shou-Yu Liang & Wen-Ching Wu. Qigong Empowerment. Way of the Dragon.
Nan Lu. Traditional Chinese medicine. Quill.
Wikipedia website was consulted for the following subjects or images: Body Mass Index. Daphnis and Chloe. Fuxi. Alex Gray. Carl Jung. Microcosmic orbit. Taoist alchemy. Wen-Chang, and Yin Yang.
Michelangelo's David at http://emergentvoyageurs.blog.com/1264661/
As a possible aid in imagining how a resonating anima/animus might appear look at the art of Alex Gray. I suggest "Adi Da Samraj," "Alex," "Holy Fire," "Namaste," and "Psychic Energy System." All are on the WWW.
©Reprinted from Qi Journal, Spring 2009
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