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The Commercialization of Qigong?

December 3, 2010
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The Commercialization of Qigong?

I recently read an article in the New York Times about a controversy rocking the yoga world.  In an  essay posted on the website of the Hindu-American Foundation, Dr. Aseem Shukla laments what he perceives as a disconnect between the modern yoga culture and its Hindu roots.  The author didn’t ask that yoga practitioners...

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Integrity and the Body

September 10, 2010
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The Quakers have a testimony about integrity. In a nutshell, it instructs us to make our outside match our inside.  If you think about this for a moment you’ll see that this is not at all easy.  How many times do we keep our real thoughts hidden, while pretending to like what we’re doing...

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Food for the Spirit

September 8, 2010
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Food for the Spirit

There are many ways to feed the spirit. I think of qigong, tea, dancing, music, gardening, books.  Let’s not forget books.  Hopefully, you still read them. I know many people don’t anymore.  But there’s something about a real book, either spanking new and smelling of possibility, or old and redolent with the handling of...

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The Power of the Small

April 25, 2010
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The Power of the Small

I was feeling stuck, overwhelmed, and tired.  It happens to all of us at times.  The press of our responsibilities and commitments begins to weigh us down. There’s too much to do, and not enough time. We lose balance and feel constantly stressed. If we don’t catch ourselves and make a timely course correction,...

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Blossoms workshop in Aptos

January 31, 2010
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Blossoms workshop in Aptos

On January 30 a small group gathered in Aptos, California for a three hour Blossoms in the Spring workshop with Narrye Caldwell.  Sitting in a circle with a view of the redwoods, we started with qigong basics then proceeded through the three sections of Blossoms, taking hourly breaks for tea and conversation.  Though it...

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Teapots

January 22, 2010
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Teapots

Recently an old friend, who has years of Tai Chi and Qigong experience, asked me if it would add anything to his practice to come to an afternoon workshop to learn Blossoms in the Spring.  This is an excellent question.  When I thought honestly about it, I realized that the answer is no, not...

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Falling Apart

December 19, 2009
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Falling Apart

It’s amazing how quickly things fall apart. Yesterday I spent an hour tidying my house in anticipation of visitors.  This morning there was already dog hair on the couch (my pug sheds incessantly,) laundry to be done, papers to be organized, and well, you know, the inevitable slide into chaos.  And so quickly.  How...

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No Time

December 12, 2009
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Here's how it usually goes: up at 7:00, take the dog out, rustle up a cup of tea (or coffee), eye on the clock, figure there's just enough time to check email then, for sure, you'll have ten spacious uninterrupted minutes for qigong before diving into the shower and preparing to head off...

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Breathing

December 1, 2009
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Breathing

This morning when I went out to the frosty meadow near my house to practice I took my elk horn knives.  I like to get at least one session a week in with these crescent shaped weapons.  They’re a good way to emphasize the curving twisting energy of Bagua. The thing is, circling these...

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Feeling vs. Visualizing

November 15, 2009
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Feeling vs. Visualizing

There are many qigong exercises that suggest some sort of visualization, like imagining the roots of a tree under your feet, or the moonlight softly settling about you...

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Qigong and the Moon

September 17, 2009
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Qigong and the Moon

Lately I've been experimenting with ways to tune my daily qigong practice so that it reflects natural cycles, rather than sticking to a rigid plan.

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What Happened to Chinese Medicine?

August 27, 2009
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What Happened to Chinese Medicine?

Is Chinese Medicine still what it purports to be or has it become something else?

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Entelechy

August 20, 2009
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Entelechy

A meditation on life purpose.

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No Practice

August 19, 2009
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No Practice

A Chinese pug may have one of the key answers...

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