Describe your practice and/or why mindfulness is important to you.
Meet Alex Crow
My meditation practice is one of presencing with what is, within and without. When entering simple silence, I begin by feeling into the sensations and waves of feeling within my body. As the body settles, often does the movement of the mind. From there I may begin to feel empty enough to sense the sounds, textures and energies around me in my immediate environment. I often hold a point of focus upon my breath, which supports my ability to remain embodied while listening to what surrounds. The practice is simple, to remain in a state of listening to and witnessing what is. In this way I am practicing how I intend to live, a fully present and embodied life.
What is your highest value and why?
I feel that I am here to realign myself with my organic integrity, which is my true nature. To realize this, I look to the elements, the plants, the animals and the ancestors for guidance with how to walk a path that aligns me with the natural harmonics of the Earth. In order to listen to the natural and unseen world, I must humble my opinions and judgements to be able to truly hear their guidance. There is an element of surrender that is necessary for me to abide by these natural laws, and an honesty that I must uphold within my own being in order to truly walk a path of integrity.
Describe one health practice that is non-negotiable for you each day
A movement practice is fundamental to maintaining and upholding my vitality. I am often nourished by a balance of strength building practices (gongfu, yoga asana, and cardio) and fluidity practices (qigong, taiji, yin yoga).
Describe one tradition that you connect with regularly and why?
I am quite strongly devoted to the Eagle Claw Turing Style Gongfu Lineage which my teacher Brea Fisher of Quan Yin Gongfu carries. Through this lineage I have found connection to the Chinese Internal Arts that resonates with the artist and devotee within me. It was also through this lineage that I was introduced to the Way of Tea.
What's the most common method you use for tea preparation and what are you excited to learn more about?
I often turn to bowl tea for tea preparation, however I am very much interested to deepen my gongfu practice. I greatly value balance, and so would be delighted to feel my tea practice balancing out more as well. My favorite Living Teas right now are aged Shou and Sheng Puerh. The depth they offer speaks to the qualities I appreciate most at this time in my life.
Describe one way that you support your community and what would help you to support others more effectively