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  1. Jogging

    I love running once or twice a week. Otherwise I do a lot of cycling. I keep it seperate from my qigong. At least saving it till after so my heart rate is slow and calm while doing qigong. I love running and being outdoors. Opens my lungs and sinuses and mind. Warms up my whole body! I like running trails a LOT! I tried the barefoot running style but it was not for me. I like the chi running style as it's more of a midfoot strike. I feel that for me at least, there is a natural foot placement that happens depending on speed and terrain. When I'm walking I naturally roll heel to toe. When I run at a steady pace I naturally midfoot strike, and when I sprint I move up to the balls of my feet. Sometimes I'll send the Orbit around while I'm running. Almost imagining it like being on a hampster wheel! :-p
  2. Help a Bum fund

    Ha! That is on an old Friends episode! ;-p I agree with you. Just because something makes you feel better doesn't mean the action is selfish. There is the reason and there is the reward. The reason is to be helpful to others, the reward is to the benefit of both! Glad to see that your spirits are up and things are turning around for you :-)
  3. Any bums workout?

    A plus one for me on the Yoga and Tai Chi combo! :-) I also start with an Egoscue daily routine for postural balance, and end with horse stance training and pull-ups, push-ups, hanging leg raises for abs, and squats. Yoga is awesome for the core and physical body, and Tai Chi smooths everything out into a rolling wave of a flow. I also enjoy Tai Chi for it's martial side will play like I am fighting off bandits ;-p Also cutting out any carbs that are not high in fiber and eating smaller portions plays hugely into keeping lean. Dude...have you seen Hit from Calisthenics Kingz? I guess he is doing some stuff with Hannibal. Awesome!
  4. Worlds oldest Person died

    It's an interesting subject for sure! My wife and I dance a few nights a week at a local Inn. We have been hanging out and getting to know all the old timers. Many are in there mid 80's and they have no problem dancing and laughing and talking all night. Not to long ago there was a man celebrating his 93 birthday and he danced and moved like he was middle aged. They all are just normal folks living normal lives. I think it's the joy they are able to express that brings out their youthful nature. I work at an awards shop where we do trophies and plaques and engraving. Someone came in the other month to get an award for a gentleman to commemorate his service in the military. He was 105. None of these people are cultivators that I know of. Except Thelma. She is in her 80's and as we were talking one night I found that she does Tai Chi. We had fun talking about it and comparing forms and stances. She is a spry southern woman who I never really expected to be into Tai Chi but there you go. :-) Anyway, I agree that is seems most (not all) Qi cultivators do not live longer than average. I don't know the reason but it seems like an accurate observation. I cultivate to increase the quality of my life. I'm not so worried about the length of it. I know I can help though by eating right and getting exercise and smoothing out my mind and my Qi. But when it's time for me to shed my body and release my spirit...well won't that be an awesome adventure as well? I'm 39 this year on 12/12...next year I am turning 40 on 12/12/12. Freaky....haha... I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn. I've decided to live to 100 and then go for my next goal from there. Ultimately for me it's about how my time is spent while I am here. To me cultivating my body and mind are the tools to enjoy life and see things in an exciting and fun way. It shouldn't be seen as a duty or commitment to fullfill. Have any of you seen this guy do his qigong sets??? He is loosening up his whole body and mind and having the most fun!!! Peace!
  5. The forest is pine, the path is about wide enough for two people to pass each other. The cup is at a cross in the path sitting in the center. Silver, flat on top and bottom and rounds on the side, like a sphere with the ends cut off. No handles. No designs. It's a cup, someone told me so, so I notice it and then move along to see what's next. The key is also at a cross sitting in the center. It's gold and looks just like an ordinary house key. I have no real feelings about the key. I don't need a key at the moment and I was not searching for a key but someone pointed it out and I looked. Now I find I am on my bike riding so I see the lake but it's more like scenery as I go by. I don't notice too much more than it being a lake and that I am happy to be riding by it and to have a chance to see it. The house is ordinary. Not to large. Just about big enough for a couple or a small family. I don't pay much attention to it. At this point I am starting to feel like I am playing ZORK. The wall is cement or stone. Either way it is smooth. It's a warm sunny day and the wall provides some shade. I'm happy I can sit and lean against it. I might take a nap if I can get comfy enough. After my rest I get back on my bike and head back the other direction. I might stop by the lake on my way back, and I am wondering if the key works in the door of the house, and if the cup has anything in it to drink because I am getting a little thirsty. Or maybe there is a water fountain at the lake. Ha ha...thanks Wall! You really made me rethink all the stuff I saw on the way here and see and understand it's usefulness! :-)
  6. Mountain Rose Herbs

    Hey cool! Since your mentioning suppliment stuff for cheap, I get Spirulina and Maca powder SUPER cheap from nutsonline.com. They are each about $10 per pound. They taste soooo good mixed together too :-) I'll have the check out this place too since nutsonline.com doesn't really carry herbs.
  7. Hot Tea

    Yerba Mate BIG TIME :-) I might have half cup of coffee some days, but I'm loving the Mate. Bulk at local food co-op with tea pot and tea ball Actually I am just getting over a cold and going to pick up some local honey this morning for a treat!
  8. Hi Taobums! I have been practicing Primordial Qigong for about a month now and it has been one of the most grounding and opening qigong sets I have ever learned. I found some old threads here where people had discussed practicing this form. I was hoping you wouldn't mind sharing your experiences with this form; if you still practice, how long practiced, results you saw from your practice. Did anyone ever get up to the recommended 4 sets a day? I have Winn's video and the book from Rubbo. They are both good to me, although neither one of them teaches it the same and it makes me wonder if they didn't each change a little something to make it their own. Like Winn closing with 9 stroked and Rubbo 10. To me it seems that once you learn the basics of the form you get a clear idea of what works for you. Every time I do it it's a bit different, kind of like doing the Tai Chi form. Another form that Zhu Hui taught was Lotus Qigong. I REALLY would like to learn this form but can not find anything on it other than students of his mentioning it on websites. To complicate things further there are a lot of sets out there called Lotus Qigong. Rubbo has a clip where they do what looks like and opening movement to the form, and Bingkun Hu has a qigong for stretching video where some movements look similar, but that is as far as I have gotten. If anyone had any resource for learning this set I would be so grateful. Looking at old photos of Zhu Hui he embodies what I am looking for. He looks light and healthy, and always has a BIG smile. (IDK why so many photos of masters they are overweight and look like they are about to whoop ass! ;-p) Peace! -Josh cool photo of Zhu Hui with Winn, Rubbo, Bingkun Hu and others :-)
  9. Anyone tried living on just brown rice?

    IDK about only rice. Do you have links about the benefits of this? It would be interesting to read. Seems like a lot of carbs and starch to me? Although brown rice is a lot better than white in that regard. Now living on just berries and nuts.... that I could do! Right now I am just loving almonds and dried fruits.
  10. WP

    It's not deep or anything but I see a really cool looking spot that I would love to have as like a secret get-away refuge. Like go explore around for a while and then find some place quiet to just sit and listen to the water and relax. I would hope that guy in the picture wasn't there though because he keeps looking over the edge like that, like he is going to jump in the water or something, and I am not the best swimmer so IDK if I could save him. But then again maybe he would teach me Flying Kung Fu and we would ascend to the top of the falls to explore further. Fun picture!
  11. I think I just experienced enlightenment

    Yes I agree. I am not looking for answers, I am just asking questions.
  12. I think I just experienced enlightenment

    Hmm...how does someone know they are free? Something you decide with your mind? Then is it the mind that decides weather you are trapped or free? If it were not for your mind you would just be you, there would be no trapped and there would be no free...just you. Like when I go for my run this morning, I am just me, a guy running. Of course my mind works to keep me from running into things, but in the end it's just me...a guy running. When you throw the idea of freedom out there you imply the idea of trapped. What can you be free from if you were never trapped? Or maybe you trapped yourself and now you have decided to free yourself? I'm sure we can all agree, that would be a wonderful thing
  13. Running works great for me as well! Also cycling does the same too. Especially running trails. My mind is required to focus on a small and simple task but my attention cannot stray or I will trip over a rock or miss proper foot placement. At the same time, my spirit feels elated and free to be out in nature and enjoying creation!!! Blissful indeed!
  14. What got you interested in Tai Chi?

    Hi Soulthriller! As you can see from my nickname here I am also a fan of that film. I got interested in Tai Chi after learning about Qigong. I have always loved watching Kung Fu movies and wanted to take classes as a kid but they were just to much money in a family with 5 kids. Later in life I got interested in learning about energetic stuff, and different theories related. I went to an open house at a massage school and we did a little qigong warm up. I had never heard of qigong before but felt the energy in my palms and it surprised me. So I went crazy buying books and learning this and that and ended up looking into Tai Chi. So it's the best of both worlds for me. Qigong and Kung Fu. And it's also a meditative practice as well so there is another bonus! I also think Tai Chi benefits other areas of life like balance, coordination, fluidity. I don't think about it too much anymore but I do practice it each morning.