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Quieting the Mind : 4 Factors that May Be Holding Us Back

Do you have a mind that races endlessly?  Join the club, right?  Stopping the brain's eternal discourse might not be entirely possible but know that there are people who experience less of it, they do experience breaks in thinking, and their thoughts are genuinely happier.  Here are four reasons why you may not have experienced as much success at quieting the mind as you would like: 1. Most resources treat mastering or calming your mind as a single topic with a ... Read More
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4 Myths about Becoming Conscious and Quieting the Mind

There are many myths about becoming conscious that I believe are holding many of us back.  We don't feel that we are worthy, that we know how to do it, or that we have enough time.  These myths about becoming conscious would all be fine if it weren't for the fact that they are halting individual's progress.   Myth # 1:  Mastering your mind - becoming conscious, takes a long time In our culture and folklore we see consciousness or divinity as some ... Read More
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What do 3 Main World Religions say about Consciousness (in 82 seconds)?

I am writing this article as a quick thought, as an epiphany that dawned on me as I worked to unravel this “consciousness” thing.  I realized that my religious exposure (Christian) did not give me any space to accept that I could evolve into something greater or experience something greater.  That was the stuff of God, not lowly me.  So, part of my not waking up to my potential was not understanding that it was possible. Know that the way western ... Read More
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What Being Aware or Conscious Really Is

There is a lot of confusion about what it truly means to be conscious, aware, or present as well as confusion as to whether this is even obtainable by the average person.  Images of spiritual leaders sitting cross-legged for hours have pervaded our culture. When we think about obtaining a calm, focused, even powerful thought process it is often seen as something that is outside of us, something that is greater than us, or something we are not worthy of.   Also, ... Read More
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New content on consciousness and “waking up!”

Hi TCB community! A quick note on the posts that are going to be coming out over then next several months. We launched this survey "Deepen Your Tai Chi Practice" and had a really great response from many of you in the community. In putting together what people are struggling with and what people want to improve, we saw some significant trends. People shared that they want greater connection, both physically to chi and to life itself. People wanted more knowledge on being ... Read More
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Are you New to Meditation?  

Whether you are experienced or new to meditation, let’s talk about meditation in a new light.  It has long held a reputation in the west that makes it seem mystical, difficult, culturally different, and not something people routinely add to their day. If you were to interview 1000 of the ultra-successful people you would find that the vast majority have a practice based on meditation.  They will refer to it in different ways.  Usually it will be described in a way ... Read More
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What is Meditation and Why Should I Meditate?

Mediation is a process of awakening.  Awakening to what?  To the truth, to your thoughts, to the great aspects of your life. To whatever you want to accomplish.  It is designed to give us a greater awareness of something important to us.  It has been practiced throughout history and is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the west. That sounds esoteric doesn’t it?  Hang with me for a second.   We all have a sense of who we are and what it ... Read More
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The benefits of meditation: 5 Reasons to seriously consider beginning today

Meditation sounds really good for us and who wouldn't want to emulate the peaceful people we always see in pictures of meditation.  Unfortunately, meditation is not like a crossfit workout where the results of your efforts are painfully evident the next day and visible over time. The benefits of meditation are reaped after a period of consistent practice.   With pursuits like this, it is hard to begin and sometimes hard to stick with it.  In this essay, let's provide some ... Read More
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Energy Centers in the Body : Culture and History Overlap

Several eastern systems of religion and thought describe energy centers in the body that determine our health and can be accessed and supported with activities to improve our physical and mental state.  If this sounds like complete hogwash to you, rest assure that western culture, medicine, and modern takes on our religions do not support it either.  At best, they entertain the possibility of its existence but are on standby until some “proof” is offered.[hr] Here is why their position is ... Read More
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Taoism on how to Improve Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping?  When did it begin?  The exact answer isn’t important.  What is important is that you remember a time when your sleep was at best, heavenly or at least, not an issue. Most people hearken back to their childhood when sleep was powerful and rejuvenative.  Or their early 20s when sleep could be turned on whenever you were not having fun.  Out at the club until 4?  Just sleep until noon.  Need to study?  Pull an all-nighter.   "I ... Read More