There are angels on the street

8 10 2012

Piao and I attended a music recital at EmilyMax Music shop and tea gallery at Chatswood recently one evening.  A lovely lady played on the guzheng.  Quite a few came too and we sat and enjoyed  hot cups of tea (Taiwan tea).  At the end of the evening I had given Eric the proprietor my business card and put my purse back into my handbag – without zipping it up properly.  We left the shop and just before crossing the street, I noticed a man and woman just walking to and getting into their car parked in front of where we were standing at the kerb.

We crossed the street and the man called out and I turned around.  He came across the street to me and asked’ “did you drop this?”  It was my purse and I did not even hear it fall to the ground!  I said “thank-you” to him many times and I came home that evening with such gladness and appreciation, faith and trust that there are still “strangers” out there amongst us who are like angels, coming to our assistance when one least expects it.  What a timing that he noticed my purse had just dropped near his car ….. Bless you stranger!

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Another synchronistic meeting

8 10 2012

In late June 2012 I managed to book in and attended the SMILE workshop conducted by Dr Xin LIU.  This was one of 3 booked-out workshops held in Brisbane PA Hospital focussing on his program to help increase our health and wellbeing whilst improving patients with diabetic conditions and its prevention.  It was a great workshop and Kanny Chow, physiotherapist from Sydney and a fellow attendee and I felt strongly that this program needs to be shared to the rest of Australia and the world.

We are really looking forward and are planning to have Dr Liu give a public talk on his work, clinical trial results and continued research and run his SMILE workshop in Sydney in February 2013.

P.S.  Below is a post that I drafted but did not publish from two years ago when I first met Dr Liu in  June 2010 so here it is now  …

I had been in contact with Dr Liu from the School of Medicine, University of Queensland via email and phone after I read with much interest some months ago about his latest research and clinical trials in the papers.  Dr Liu created his Kai Mai Qigong to benefit people who had health challenges in the area of Diabetes, Obesity and Depression.  So last week he is in Sydney to give a breakfast seminar to the Australian Disease Management Association and I am feeling very lucky to have managed to make an appointment to meet him to discuss his work as he is extremely busy, with no spare time.  (What is spare time he asks me.)

Piao and I met him in the hotel lobby and he mentions about his very interesting earlier work in Beijing with the official Wushu organisation, Qigong and various topics.  We mention about our passion in promoting Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong and our classes and workshops.

Somewhere in the conversation I mention about another Qigong set that I had learnt and teach which is very beautiful and flowing with lots of spirally and dance like movements.  I mentioned everyone I teach it to just love it for its grace.  Thus it was another jaw-dropping moment when he completely amazed me by saying he was the creator of this very Qigong set!

How fortunate was it to meet the creator and designer himself?  I could not begin to think how one would be able to have this event happen and unfold as it did!

Coincidence?  Synchronicity?
Dr Liu Xin is an expert in mind-body therapy, in both research and practice. He has conducted
training courses for Tai Chi and Qigong instructors and worked with people and organizations in
many countries. Dr Liu has designed programs for both the prevention and management of
various chronic diseases. His research interest is in evaluating the efficacy of cost-effective
treatments. Recent clinical studies have shown promising benefits in obesity and diabetes. He
is currently working at The University of Queensland School of Medicine as principal investigator
of the National Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression Strategic Tai Chi Research Project
funded by the National Heart Foundation and beyondblue.





Synchronicity

26 03 2010

There has been 2 significant ones over the last few months that I would love to share.

Synchronicity event #1: The first one involved me driving for an hour to attend a seminar on Cancer in Dee Why, a beautiful Northern beach suburb of Sydney.  One of the speakers was an oncologist that I had met a couple of years ago at a talk by Jon Kabat-Zinn on “Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction” so it was good to say hello to him again.  After the talk I introduced myself to a few other groups there from various cancer support to rehabilitation hospitals.  One of the hospitals had a Wellness facility that I felt I may be able offer my services with Qigong and I had on the previous days been trying to phone to speak to the Doctor who heads the rehab facility with no avail.

Well, what’s the chance to be able to speak to a busy doctor?  Very slim chance ??! But, hold this thought, will be back to this in a  minute.

So anyway I felt compelled to drop by the beach since it was so near by.  It was low tide so I walked round and found a quiet spot to practiced my Tai Chi for a while.  After that I got out my trusty iPhone to take some photos of the beautiful sandstone rocks and the blue sea.  A gentleman who had walked past previously came by and offered to take photos of me doing some Tai Chi steps (see photos below).   The amazing thing was that he is an acquaintance from about 10 years ago who was from another company that worked on an I.T. project I was involved in.  We talked and I was thoroughly amazed of his work with Angels!!   We talked for a long while and then parted and I am trying to decide if I would just drive home or head towards this rehabilitation hospital.

I decide to visit the hospital and when I got there the manager I met at the seminar earlier had left.   So I am walking back to the car and then noticed a sign “The Wellness Centre”.  Ah, so this is THE place …  so I walk in but there is no one around but some voices came from the rooms.  I wait hoping to introduce myself to one of the physio staff.

Then someone comes out from the room and walks up to where I am standing and says to me “I am Doctor xxx, have you been waiting for me?”  You could have knocked me over with a feather!  It was the very Doctor that I had been trying to contact by phone the previous days and now he is right in front of me bright and handsome asking me this question!!!

Synchronicity event #2: During my last retreat to the Brahma Kumaris (BK) retreat centre, (refer to On Cloud Nine blog entry) Louise mentions about Dr Roger Cole, a palliative care Oncologist and his work.  So I purchased his international best seller book “Mission of Love” and one evening two weeks later  I decide to pick up the book and started to read the first couple of chapters.  It is very beautiful and his writing moved me.  I got somewhat teary and probably in my heart asked how would I be able to do offer my services and meet with someone like Dr Cole.

Well, what’s the chance to meet up with a well-respected busy doctor, and an author?  Very slim chance ?? !

The phone rings and it’s my friend BK Pam.  We chat for a while and then she asks “There is a talk on by Dr Roger Cole this Friday, would you like to attend?”   I turn and look at the cover of the book in my hands and it IS the very same Doctor that I just said minutes ago I wanted to meet!!!

So we all went to the talk and thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his work with terminally ill patients and how through his own spiritual journey and growth has been able to help so many be peaceful and complete in their last days.  I introduce myself and had Dr Cole sign my book.  He says it would be good to have me do some Qigong when he holds some of his presentation.  I said if he felt it was appropriate,  I would be delighted to and asked when he would be doing the next one.  As we talked it turns out that he is the very person who will be facilitating the one-day retreat on “The Power of Spiritual Love” that I had already booked in to, weeks before!