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  1. Blockage Removal vs Qi Flow

    If it´s any consolation, you´re of help to me.
  2. PSA- Frying pans and shrinkage

    Looks like you caught my original reply, Spotless, where I questioned the link between red meat and heart disease. I later edited that sentence out because diet is kinda like religion -- people tend to have pretty fixed ideas and there´s not much use talking about it. And when I say people I mean me. I readily admit that it´s an area of "willfulness" for me. That said, I will mention an intelligent and pretty exhaustive critique of The China Study in case anybody is interested in digging into the science:
  3. PSA- Frying pans and shrinkage

    Interesting. An ayurvedic practitioner recently advised me to give up all dairy except for hard cheeses. Not sure what makes hard cheese an exception.
  4. PSA- Frying pans and shrinkage

    You guys are probably right but I´d happily sacrifice a few inches for a thick wedge of aged cheddar.
  5. Personality Traits.

    My experience is that judgment of others and judgment of self go hand in hand. When you find yourself feeling negative towards others, that can be a cue to look inside and see if you´re also being a little harsh with yourself. If you have a teacher whose guiding your cultivation practice, perhaps talk with your teacher about this? If you don´t have a teacher, I´d consider slowing down so that you can integrate your growing energy in a way that doesn´t negatively color the way you see others.
  6. Astral Projection (don't shoot)

    This sounds right on to me. Not the most intrepid of Daoist adventurers, I´m happy to allow much of the unseen to remain invisible. Or, at the very least, to open my eyes very, very slowly. That stuff is no joke.
  7. Safety and Efficiency of the Daoist Path

    @Spotless Well, better late than never -- I hope. I´d be interested to know what you think constitutes "the basics" and how a person might best go about practicing them. Freeform has put forth his understanding of the basics -- stretching and strengthening the body, getting into the "inner body" with standing and qigong movements. When you say basics is this also what you mean or are you referring to something different?
  8. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    Three cheers for the sacred clown! (Great phrase, @Fa Xin) We fall so easily into judgment of seeming idiots but there´s a positive aspect to the fool archetype. You´ll know my spiritual practices have finally started to kick in when my posts exhibit less ironic sensibility and less cleverness, when I´m simple and innocent and without guile. Many will disagree, I know, but in my own estimation I´m not yet a fool. There´s still hope for me though.
  9. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    I agree with Pilgrim´s cautions. Any kind of meditation or breathwork could do more harm than good. What could be good is simple movement. I´m thinking of warmups I used to do in tai chi class. Rotating all the joints in circles -- feet, knees, wrists, arms, etc. Bending down and stretching up. Light shaking. Self-massage of face, ears, etc. Keep things simple and easy, without asking anybody to focus on their internal experience. People with depression may not want or be able to move but this would be the best thing, imo.
  10. Daoist Internal Mastery - new Wang Liping book

    After having read through some of the preview, I agree. In fact, the translator explicitly says that the book is no substitute for in-person instruction. There´s a lot of fascinating information but it´s not written in a manner that would allow a newcomer to actually start a practice. At least not this newcomer. That´s my preliminary thinking, anyway. Other readers may conclude differently.
  11. I understand many things but not everything. Good to know I´m not alone.
  12. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    Which is perfectly fine as long as you aren´t using your mind to force the dying. What you´ve got to do is set up the conditions which allow death to happen naturally. Or at least that´s what I read somewhere.
  13. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    The idea that meditation and thinking are mutually exclusive can be discouraging, especially in the beginning. My mom started a meditation practice for health, discovered that she couldn´t stop her mind, and decided that meditation wasn´t for her.
  14. The Doomsday Scenario

    So the Jews created Christianity and Islam for the purpose of fomenting war, gaining slaves, and possibly stealing gold? Oy vey!