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  1. One of my 'paths' is guided meditations. You listen and gain a little bit experientially the lessons taught. They tend to be best absorbed by listening to the same one daily. Here's a link to a thread I made. The one above is from Barry Long with physical and mental practices for quieting the mind and resting in a place of love. I find it very powerful. Its best when listened to daily over a few weeks because changing the way you think and feel is not a 30 minute endeavour, it takes time. A few posts down is another guided meditation on feeling happiness.. resting by a creek while stars come down filling your body and mood with positivity.. literally endorphins. There are a couple other good ones in the thread. See if any are your cup of tea, and if you find one that feels good. Listen to it repeatedly for awhile. Give yourself a chance to internalize it then let it go. Course feeling better is only half the battle. We need to work on aspects of our lives, improving them, inorder to turn feelings into reality, move along the path. Sometimes improving life means learning to make a better lentil soup.
  2. What path of Buddhism is best for beginners?

    I'd start with Ajahn Brahms. Lately I'm listening more then reading. Here's a link to some of his talks. They are insightful and humorous. Peruse and listen to one that strikes your fancy. To me such dharma talks aren't about becoming a Buddhists, rather they're about gaining some wisdom, self control and understanding the human condition. Go for funny like Smart Thinking Wonder Boy or his deeper talks. He is a head monk. Here's a good podcast on Buddhism, Zencast, looks like they're up to 449 right now. They have a couple of courses on different aspects of Buddhist writings and mindfulness. A great podcast to investigate. If you have a smart phone its easy to find an app that'll download there talks. Last I'll leave you with a link to the Zen inspired dharma talks of Michael McAllistar. He's a good listen. Like Ajahn Brahms, there is a good sense of humor and take on contemporary matters through the lens of traditional wisdom.
  3. Why Levitation is Real!

    It'd be interesting, paradigm changing if anyone came forward who could levitate and did so as if it was no big deal. Be able to investigate where the power/force was coming from. But odds are we won't get that.
  4. I think there are a couple of practices that talk about cranial bone shifts and a its not uncommon for monks and some long time cultivators to take on a androgynous appearance.
  5. Summer Salads

    As its getting colder in the West, sometimes salad is disguised as soup (from Ingredients 1 small onion diced 2 cloves garlic minced 1 cup diced carrots 4 cups chopped cabbage approx. 1/4 head of cabbage 1 cup green beans 1″ pieces 2 whole bell peppers chopped 1 can 28 oz low sodium diced tomatoes 6 cups low sodium broth (veg, beef or chicken) 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon each thyme & basil pepper to taste 2 cups broccoli florets 2 cups sliced zucchini Instructions In a large pot cook onion & garlic over medium heat until slightly softened. Add carrots, cabbage & green beans and cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in bell peppers, undrained tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves and seasonings. Simmer 6-7 minutes. Add in zucchini & broccoli. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until softened. Remove bay leaves before serving. This recipe got many good reviews. I'll probably make a batch soon, probably throw in some kidney beans for more protein and fiber.. maybe some hot sauce to kick it up a notch too. A little fish sauce adds alot umami so does a squirt or two of vinegar at the end.
  6. long earlobes too. still, better to concentrate on his words, then his appearance or dress. i like my buddhas regular folk, not gods.
  7. Michael Winn on sungazing.

    I used to do some of the less extreme exercises. Where you don't look directly into the sun, but while its low you move your eyes around it slowly. Doing chi gung and zhan zhuang infront of the sun, ie late afternoon, looking at the sun w/ eyes closed, feeling the various luminescence moving in from the bones outward. Its very energizing, maybe too much. Westerners tend to be too yang to begin with. I found it over heating. Plus full on sungazing can cause permanent eye damage. I still enjoy when the sun is beneath the cloud cover, looking like a neon moon and I can focus on it. Feel it coming to me. Not to different then some exercises with the full moon. Wudang inspired stuff.
  8. If anyone wants to try it. Cause winter is coming, may as well make friends with the cold and learn some pretty cool mind/body hacks.
  9. What are you watching on Youtube?

    Thinking of kung fu. There was a very talented Aikidoist I trained with for awhile who was lured away by kung fu. She went to study with a woman who though trained in Kung Fu, went on to win an Olympic medal in Korea in TaeKwonDo. Not an art that she'd studied much, but she was a prodigy. But such things took a toll. While young she retired due to many injuries and the beginning of arthritis in her late 20's. With that in mind, you wonder if its worth it. Probably is.. so much talent.. Here's a video on Jet Li.. the gift and price his career has cost.
  10. Inspiring blog, very worthy of study. Shows what depth of practice really means.
  11. healer John chang

    I also heard from a friend a friend that they dragged John's dead corpse into a court room. Good to have back up on that. plus others play the same.. do you have a link to that? game.. keeping it simple, on the other thread it was quickly established that John's death was an unfounded rumor yet certain 'Western' people kept it alive page after page because.. i don't know why.. its what they do. bottom, bottom line- he doesn't want anything to do with Westerners as per his spirit elders.
  12. Becoming a professional healer

    I agree with Cheya's thinking that its a good to have such skills on the side, and have another profession to 'pay the rent'. There's a catch 22 in the professional healing game. It takes alot of money to be certified, and establishing a career can be difficult and hard to sustain. Under guise of 'massage' and energy therapy.. a healer might be able to get worthwhile reputation. An old member Yamu/Michael Lomax was a teacher from the Stillness/Movement chigung healing tradition. You can look up his words here I did a short seminar with him and learned alot.
  13. My dad would never be into anything like meditation yet he'd swim a mile at a very slow pace. I'm sure that was a meditative practice. The long silent repetition.
  14. Storm of a Lifetime.

    Not even a drop in DC. Last year on Marco Island, FL, Irma was quite the bitch.
  15. Storm of a Lifetime.

    I'm heading to D.C. tomorrow, so that site is invaluable. Thanks. The wind gets the attention, but its the surge that does the major destruction. Hope its on the lighter side of expectations. frig, its showing 48 foot waves at its center currently. Amazing site.