The Dao Bums
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won



About thelerner

  • Rank
    Been here long enough to know better

Recent Profile Visitors

24,091 profile views
  1. For people more knowledgeable then me. Any religious Daoist practices that would benefit other cultivators? I don't see others creating things like altars. A major part of religious Daoism. I should probably re-read Brock Silvers book "Manual of..Daism' (I forget the actual tittle).. which broke down many parts of the religion. Including the practices done, before the practices inorder to get you into the proper state of mind/body/worthiness.
  2. Spring cleaning

    What's a good spring practice? Spiritually- meditative.. Lifewise? How should honor the new season in our life? Particularly this one of growth and renewal? Probably spring cleaning is a good start. Clean and simplify aspects of our physical dwelling. Might be a good time to do a fast too.
  3. Financial tips for the bums

    Owning a good dividend stock can be amazing, especially if you can re-invest the dividends. It takes awhile to get going but when it does there's a double compounding affect when dividends grow. Like any other kind of investment, perhaps more so its important to try to keep dividend portfolios diversified. Which can be hard, often a REIT, Oil or pipeline dividends shine and its easy to purchase many of the same sector and when the shine is off they'll move down in unison. So, diversify, its the free lunch of investing. The biggest disaster in dividend investing is going for a high dividend and seeing it chopped and the price sunk. Keep an eye on the firm. The movement of quarterly profits and liabilities. The realities of its business and sector. In a good firm, you can ignore a bad quarter or two, and a down price means you'll get more shares when dividends roll around, but consistently bad quarters, fundamental changes to the business.. then don't be afraid to walk away. You can sell 1/4 of the shares, just to be safe, buy'em back later if the business is doing better. Having cash on the side is not a dirty word. Investing isn't a binary game of all in or all out. You can build positions and trim them. You want to be able to sleep at night. Some of the best dividend stocks are the stealth ones. They don't seem like it, because of low payout, but they're brilliant because they've been raising the dividend rapidly, but its hidden because the price has gone up. Looking at a stock in say the Yahoo finance, I'll put on the screen, switch to 5 year length, then under {events} hit dividends, which will show each dividend payment. Scroll along the bottom and see how the dividend has grown. In five years is up 25, 50% or doubled? Take for example Home Depot. Not a big dividend (forward 2.95% not bad) but on 3/11/14 it paid 47 cents for the quarter by 3/13/19 it was up to $1.36, 3 1/2 times more. A comforting metric for dividend investors is Return on original money. With a stock like HD you're earning over 7% on your original money 5 years later, but wait, its much more then that because you have many more shares if you've been able to reinvest, you're earning over 10%. Fantastic and that's not mentioning that the stock has over doubled in price. Even if it hadn't that 10+% is fantastic. If the stock price and dividend never change in 7 years you'll be earning 20% on your original investment. Money coming in every quarter. The danger is we fall in love with a stock and when the situations change we keep it too long, against logic. Dividend stocks I have, which may or may not be great today because I chose them years ago are- HD, OKE, GLOP, DNP, MPW, O, ABBV, OHI.. Index funds are a smart part of any portfolio, or should be considered a separate portfolio.. things like DIA, SPY, QQQ.. nice thing about them is A, they tend to beat the market most of the time, B you can write covered calls against them but these days when I play that game, its only go against a 1/3 of them.. just for pocket change and no worries if they get called away. addon> Dividend Sensei is a a solid writer imo. Best overall financial writer for explaining the market, its movement and behavioral forces is Michael Batnick
  4. Long men pai nei gong and mo pai

    It's presented a bit bizarrely, and is one mans creation but from my limited reading, watching and correspondence I'd put LMP into an area like KAP, a very talented person creating a synthesis, a distilling of many energetic systems and traditions into something that draws from tradition, but without the trappings. SoG may look like he comes from a Mad Max movie, but the man has the mind of a scholar. He knows his stuff. I haven't been in contact with him for years, but he seemed to be a person of integrity who walked the walk. If you're looking for power, high energy route, this kind of 'Jeet Kun Do' of the energetics world could be worth a try (not my cup of tea). For that matter so could KAP, but I get the feeling that KAP is a less manic style of training.

    Strange stuff. I've read similar stories about transplants, but none that dramatic. I wonder if the mechanism involved goes into the psychic, ethereal realm? If so, could it be involved in the phenomena of when young children remember past lives. No physical organ transplant, yet memories are relayed..
  6. Polyvagal theory and tao

    I've wondered how you keep your cool
  7. anyone else gets this?

    Breath happens unawares, until we think about it. Which breaks the rhythm a bit, but not biggie. Bidden or not, breath happens. Nothing to worry about, I've found the benefit of practicing long breath cycles, 30, 45, 60 seconds, is one, it calms the mind nicely. Two it tends to make your normal breath cycle a bit longer. In Ki-Aikido we'd practice a long 60 second breath cycle; clap breath in slowly, clap breath out.. These days I like yogic patterns that are 1-4-2, like breath in 8 seconds, hold for 32, breath out (I humm out) for 16, repeat.
  8. Polyvagal theory and tao

    I don't know who created it, but many of Robert Monroe's beginning hemi-sync audio's he starts off saying 'listen to the right ear, a solid tone. Now listen to your left ear another slightly different solid tone. Now when we play them together, you'll hear (I forget his word) a rhythm, a staccato beat' as your brain creates a dissonance. A few hypnotists use a similar sonic device these days.
  9. This is what drinking is for. Not to get drunk, or get into anyones pants, rather to share a few drinks inorder to lower inhibitions and talk about feelings, attractions, hopes and the future. Hopefully in a less guarded and positive way that is harder to do when totally sober, ie a social lubricant that has been used to cut through social posturing since forever.
  10. taoist books on working with the mind ?

    I agree with this in the middle stages, but early on books inspire, give insight into what you don't know, you don't know. We can learn which path to follow but a book don't do the walking. Gerard is also right that we only get better from practice, lots of it. We Westerners tend to get way too head heavy, I know I did. Too much reading and theory and too little practice. Its an easy trap to fall into.
  11. Polyvagal theory and tao

    I don't know anything about polyvagal theory, but I did go through both Wim Hof programs. As far as I recall, no visualizations in it. Wim Hof had a very physical philosophy ie not much talk of chi, prana or channels. The vitality and progress came from the doing.. breathing, cold showers, cold conditioning, yogic exercises, horse stance.. FWIW we have a couple of good threads on Wim Hof here on the bums. I did a write up of my experience with it:-
  12. Yeah, singing can be uniquely uplifting. When I'm blue, I'll sing tunes from Godspell; Day by Day, Light of the World, Bless the Lord. Or from Rocky Horror Picture Show. We all have to find our own songs. Hopefully like a guitar or any instrument, you listen, you sing, you get back in tune.
  13. The internet is littered with self help advice. At the risk of adding more dreck to it, I'd say concentrate on one thing at a time. Sleep is important and sleep preparation starts in the evening. Stopping the news and internet. Doing something boring, maybe some sips of an night time herbal tea or pill like ZMA.. look into it, spend time, and get sleep right. Then healthy breakfast. Then a To-do list with 2 or 3 musts, relatively easy ones that you should accomplish. I'd also say, let go the past. Unless you've got a time machine, stop blaming and thinking about it. Every month, every day is a chance to begin fresh. Go forward. We all fall somewhere between best and worst. It doesn't matter. What matters is (cliche alert) doing your best (addon eh screw that, what matters is showing up and putting in honest effort). Start easy, measure, make progress.. continue.. get back up when you fall down..thats how we do better in life. Not a hard formula.
  14. Basic questions

    Definitely worth $5, probably 3 or 4 times that, but $56 seems steep. Hopefully they'll have another printing and the price will go down. The internet knows all, if you ask the right questions.
  15. Law

    What I got from the article is that the author is against the proposal, ie saying the provisions have nothing to do with gigong. Seems like a wise position to me. As windwalker points out, double edged sword, but hopefully in time, the charlatans lose out and the good stuff is acknowledged and rises to the top. Maybe government really needs is to warn people against bad practices. My business like all others was required to have posters stating employees rights. I could see a compromise of having to have a poster onsite with warnings, ones made up by good practitioners that might warn people against the dangerous or abusive practices, or at least having a link to internet site that discussed good practices from dangerous ones. Made by practitioners and not government people. maybe..