Miffymog

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  1. If I move more slowly, then I feel the energy that moves inside of me does so at a 'deeper' level. If I'm imagining myself moving through a thick liquid in order to create internal opposing muscular tension, the slower movement, the greater the internal tension I can generate.
  2. Neidan plan

    After standing for a few years I recently came across some mental techniques from Yi Quan to help relax into the stand. 1 - don't try to relax but instead imagine you already are 2 - picture yourself standing in a very relaxing environment such as in a nice garden or by the beach 3 - imagine that the top half of your body is light and the bottom half of your body is heavy And although I do have some success with each of these techniques at times, my best stands are when I don't apply any visualisation whatsoever. This also applies to whether I should drop my shoulders more while standing. Sometimes I worry there is too much tension in my shoulders and that my arms are held too high. But again my best stands are when I just don't worry about how high or low my shoulders are.
  3. Cultivating Qi

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  4. Xiang Gong - Fragrant Qigong

    I'd stick with what is advised. It's like the old story of the man who asked the monk how long it would take for him to make good progress if he meditates every day. The monk replys that it will take him 10 years. The man then asks how long will it take if he tries really really hard, and the monks says well in that case it will take him 20.
  5. Lam Kam's book The Way of Energy can give you a good foundation in Zhan Zhuang. It gives clear practice instructions at the price of a very affordable book which includes a description of the 8 Brocades and is something you can stick at for years and still have things unfold. Most people will move on from it and diversify, but it's been the only thing I've used for a long time and I've no desire to try anything else
  6. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    I enjoyed that video, and I liked what he said at the end about combining wisdom and compassion to achieve what he describes as the goal of Taoism which is to become an upright or true person.
  7. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    Hi Anshino, Over the last couple of years I’ve often been tempted to join Damo’s courses and I was just wondering what your experiences of him were? Do you learn online from him or have you attended some of his courses in person. I’ve loved his books but I was curious as to what the actual ‘journey’ was like? Cheers, Miffymog
  8. You can just get up, have a short slow walk and then return to the cushion for another 25 min session. I managed to make good progress this way myself when I used to have a seated practice.
  9. Was Jesus A Taoist?

    I have a few minutes on my hands so let me step in … I’ve always been attracted to Mahayana Buddhism because of the Bodhisattva vow, however I feel Jesus’s approach is closer to that of Daoism than Buddhism. These are his ‘greatest commandments’ "Hear, O Israel! The Lord Our God, The Lord is One; Thou shalt love thy Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind", before also referring to a second commandment, "And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." The central goal of Daoism is union with the Dao, which is where Jesus is coming from in his first commandment. How to treat others is simply how you would like to be treated yourself. Now this can of cause lead to a life of servitude – but ‘union with god’ comes first.
  10. Brief reply Interesting post, just a quick reply Point One - this applies to many other disciplines as well. Point Two - this also applies to other skills. Point Three - hmmm, now here there is divergence depending on the discipline, some will not allow progress without virtue, others will.
  11. God damn you guys!!! You're both coming to the same thing but from different directions. Both full of truth but some how finding contradictions in each other. Neither of you is wrong, but you some how manage to find errors in each other... keep going though, because 'the fallout' of what you say is really good for us others
  12. Some very good questions resulted in some very good answers - thank you both.
  13. Well, my covid life at the hospital is settling down now. Normal procedure for non-infected rooms. Go into the room, change the bins and come out. Go back in and wipe all the ceramic surfaces, check the loo roll and then come out again. Go back in and mop the floors. Done. Enhanced procedure for a room when someone has the flu. Put on a surgical mask, plastic apron and new gloves before entry. Take everything into the room in one go. Do the above the tasks. Just before you leave the room, take off the gloves, mask and apron and put them in the bin bag you’re taking out. Done. In a ward of 5 single rooms and 5 bays with 8 beds in, if someone has the flu, they go into a side room. If all 5 single rooms are taken up then the infected patient has to stay in a bay. If more than one bay has infected patients in then the whole ward gets closed. Local journalists will misinterpret a closed ward as being an empty one. Nope, it just means the ward is not accepting any visitors or taking in any new patients, everything inside just carries on as usual. If enough wards are closed, then the whole hospital gets closed, which hits the local news and sometimes the national news as well. This happened last year with the norovirus. Unsurprisingly, life in a hospital with the norovirus is very similar to that with coronavirus. And that is where I am now. Some of my anxieties about it have all died down as many of my questions have been answered. Will I be kept on my normal ward? Yes. Will it be a covid positive one? Yes. What will it be like there? The patients I clean around are pretty mild cases, so not too bad. So for me, things have settled down and are kind of back to normal – ish.
  14. Well, it’s happened, the ward that I clean has now become a Covid ward. I’d heard that it was changing from elderly to covid last week, but I didn’t think they’d keep me on it as I’ve not been cleaning all that long. But possibly because it’s my normal ward, along with the fact that a number of the other cleaners are a bit older, they’ve kept me on it. Firstly, the whole ward is cleaner than I’ve ever seen it. When they took all the beds out they’ve given it a good clean so the floors are looking better than ever. Secondly, they’ve bolted the windows shut and just put in little ventilation holes. This is a shame as it can get really hot in the wards, and when it does all the windows are opened to create a nice breeze, but not any more. Understandable though as it is an airborne virus. When we get flu infections in a ward, there are fairly straight forward procedures in regards to enhanced cleaning and PPE. I’ve often cleaned infectious rooms and never caught anything by doing it, so I’m fairly confident in them working. But the main change is that we now have to put on scrubs before we enter the ward which are then left in the hospital afterwards so we don’t risk taking home contaminated clothes. This would seem prudent, but the organisation around this has been poor, as no one was clear exactly where we had to get changed, and there were worries about there not being enough kit. But it did feel just like a teething problem rather than anything serious. The ward is in some ways quite nice to work in now. Previously it had 5 bays with 8 beds each and 5 side rooms for individual patients, but they’ve reduced the number of beds in each bay to 4, which gives us much more space. There are also no visitors allowed. Now I know that it’s really good for the patients to have them, but there can be so many at times it does make it easier not to have them around while working. The ward was very empty of patients at the beginning of the shift, but there was a slow stream being wheeled in. These were actually just from them being transferred from other wards as the re-arranging is still going on. Being an elderly ward before, all of the patients then seemed really quite comfortable being there, and they were often more concerned about their right to have a cup of tea than what was actually wrong with them. This is different, there were still some elderly patients there, but half of them were also in their 30’s and 40’s. These younger people looked like they couldn’t quite believe what has happened to them. The ‘nice’ thing about the ward is that it’s not intensive care, it’s just people who are experiencing strong flu symptoms but nothing visible was really wrong with them. They might be sleeping or awake lying with a mildly bemused look on them, but they were not suffering or in distress. From a selfish point of view this makes the job easier, because as a cleaner you don’t always get to relate to other members of staff in a natural way, so when you see something upsetting, you kind of have to bottle it up a bit at times. So as the patients seem to be doing ok-ish at the moment, that wasn’t necessary this time. I’ve never been any good a finishing essays – so this is where this one stops ...