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#49 soaring crane

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:06 AM

Three things I mention in my groups:

 

  • daily practice (even if it sometimes means only 5 minutes, you still keep the rhythm going)
  • groups are for learning but the real practice happens when you're alone
  • live symbiotically with nature -- make it a win/win relationship

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 06:52 PM

Question for teachers.  Lets say the three basics of health are eating, exercise and sleep.  Any special insights (things the general population ignores) into how to do those things better? 


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:03 PM

Detox:
 
The liver and gallbladder (and their mother: kidney) are the main organs of focus. You cleanse those and automatically you start tuning in with the natural rhythms of nature. Eat well before noon and stop eating altogether after the urinary bladder  becomes active (3pm). As a result your sleep will miraculously improve. However to get to that point lots of toxins will be released from the wood organs which will be diverted to the earth element (stomach, spleen) in order to relief the pressure towards the heart (house of fire) as otherwise it will be shattered very quickly due to the amount of toxins the wood organs have to put up with due to modern lifestyle. The liver is a giant processor as well as a regulator of all human emotions. Imagine if all those things the liver bloks and regulates get suddenly release to its child (the heart): instant heart attack, which is not a rarity anyway. So liver fire starts invading the stomach and the spleen, and then the children of the latter (lungs and large intestine) get blocked as a result with the corresponding health issues (phlegm production, eczema, allergies (signs of spleen qi deficiency), respiratory infections, inability to let go, poor equilibrium...(main large intestine "toxins"), etc.
 
Diet: try to follow Asian diet. Generally speaking, Western diet is not indicated for people who cultivate the mind and the the energetic body (5 elements, jing-qi-shen...)
 
Sleep: cultivate the kidneys to nourish the liver and gallbladder as these two organs are directly related to sleep quality. Alcohol, drugs, excessive sexual activity, excessive computer use, overworking, overactivity, etc. Going up and down in life (from one extreme to another) take a huge toll on kidney qi and sap the jing which in turn dries up the "tree" (liver) you have inside...and once it dries up completely the shen/heart has no other place to stay so you'll be physically dead. The motto should be: keep calm all the time. Absolute serenity. :)
 

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 08:31 PM

Thanks for responding people.

 

If I may>>

 

What were some of your most lasting and effective "sudden realizations" while learning Tai Chi movement (about TC movement, or otherwise)?

 

 

All of martial Tai Chi is contained within the Standing Tree "rooted" position, while swinging the arms side to side, using only the hips, completely and utterly relaxed, especially at the shoulders. 


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 09:16 PM

All of martial Tai Chi is contained within the Standing Tree "rooted" position, while swinging the arms side to side, using only the hips, completely and utterly relaxed, especially at the shoulders. 

 

thanks for your response.

 

You're a taiji teacher?



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 05:25 PM

Winter is coming.  Some feel thats a good time to take a tonic for a little extra umph.

 

Are there any tonic's you'd recommend?  Either a commercial formula or a home made recipe?


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:00 AM

I bring a thermos of mugi miso broth with added ginger and assorted chili to my groups (have started adding a little coconut oil to it, too). Someone asked to try it yesterday, and was not pleased. However, it's an excellent tonic and you get used to the flavor.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 07:00 AM

I bring a thermos of mugi miso broth with added ginger and assorted chili to my groups (have started adding a little coconut oil to it, too). Someone asked to try it yesterday, and was not pleased. However, it's an excellent tonic and you get used to the flavor.

That sounds awesome and strong.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 07:50 AM

I think coffee shops like Starbucks would make a mint if they offered a mugs of miso during the winter.   Its fast cheap healthy and really hits the spot.  Heck they should sell a tablespoon of coconut butter too.  How far behind the cutting edge do they want to be.

whoops, going off subject.

 

Other ideas for winter tonics?

 

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Cool Facts About Miso and Its Health Benefits:

-With as little as 11 calories per gram of protein, it’s a great source of healthy protein.
-A low fat, high flavor addition to dishes; the strong flavor of miso means a little goes a long way, allowing you to cut down on calories and salt.
-It keeps your systems in balance by alkalizing the body (the body needs to be in an alkaline state, as opposed to an acidic state, to maintain wellness. Acidity is created in the body as a reaction to substances such as animal protein, coffee and sugar.)
-An excellent source of B vitamins, which may include B12 (There are conflicting reports on whether miso is a viable source of B12. This disagreement may be due to the variation of fermentation time and where and how the products being tested were produced.)
-Aids digestion and nutrient intake (This is possibly due to the digestive enzymes, lactobacilli, salt-resistant yeasts and beneficial micro-organisms present in miso) These benefits can be lost if cooked away, so avoid boiling or overcooking miso.
-A good source of manganese, tryptophan, zinc, phosphorus, copper, omega 3 fatty acids, lecithin, and linoleic acid.

 

also Mugi = Barley, very nutritious.


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Posted 27 September 2014 - 01:41 AM

You might want to purchase the following book:

 

Yin Yang Qi: The Art of Balancing Health

 

Overview: This book contains recipes for over fifty traditional Chinese soups and congees, some tasty and some not so tasty, but all developed to address specific aspects of health and to maintain bodily balance.

 

174 pages, hardcover.

 

Reasonably priced.

 

Soups and congees should be the staple of your diet: your internal organs will love them and they should be consumed basically on a daily basis. :)


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Posted 27 September 2014 - 08:52 AM

I have that book, it's amazing! All my advices on the diet issues on this forum and elsewhere are based on that book. I even met the author briefly once.
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 04:52 AM

I don't want to go into a lot of detail in public...I'm hoping someone more experienced could answer me this:

Can out of control empathic ability severely affect others in a negative way...as if deflecting the moods of random people onto others you come into contact with, even if there's been no spiritual connection with them?
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 11:09 AM

I don't want to go into a lot of detail in public...I'm hoping someone more experienced could answer me this:

Can out of control empathic ability severely affect others in a negative way...as if deflecting the moods of random people onto others you come into contact with, even if there's been no spiritual connection with them?

 

The situation, even without details, might need to be understood better by whoever assesses it before suggesting remedies.  "Control" is the name of the game.  "Out of control" gives me some idea of the nature of the problem, but I wouldn't want to jump to conclusions without knowing more.   


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Posted 20 February 2015 - 10:06 PM

honesty:     with ones self and others 

sincerity:    respect the practice and those of others

clarity:        understand what ones practice is about and is not.  


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

Well, I've taught kung-fu(Sung Lung Miu) and Shoto kan karate mixed m.a. with juijutsu, aikido, and ninjitsu, I'm now teaching Ashtanga yoga asana practice and couple that with meditation and pranayama. I don't teach Taoist meditation but I practice that more than anything at home. As I find it is the most comprehensive and effective way to increase chi flow. And it appears to be the one umbrella that offers more about this subject than any other that I've encountered. Goes well with iron sand palm training too.

 

 Many good ideas on this subject, but for a beginner I'd start with simply putting a cold wet washcloth on the nape of your neck. Now that's simple!  

 

 But there's the finger hold just in front of the hui yin that works as a last resort. This is if the semen has already started to leak out. Put the middle finger on the vas deference the fore finger on one side and the ring finger on the other to cradle the v.d. and push with the middle finger before it reaches the shaft. Push with just enough pressure to stop the flow and then massage with silk to keep the v.d. from being damaged. You may loose about 20% of your jing but it's better than loosing all of it. Best to use one of the ideas above first and keep the meditation internalized without falling into the trappings of the senses.     



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Posted 13 November 2016 - 02:54 PM

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Be natural

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