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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
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Standing Meditation: A Case Study

Each year in our tai chi community we have been undertaking a 21 Day Standing Meditation Challenge to bring in the new year and to help introduce standing meditation and reap the benefits.  The benefits of Standing Meditation are often difficult to explain because of their subtlety.  A student responded with his experience so I thought it only appropriate to share. My Experience with Standing Meditation This time last year, I found myself in very tumultuous times personally. I had hit a ... Read More
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Help Me Help You Deepen your Tai Chi Practice!

Loading... This amazing community increasingly asks for ways to deepen their practice, improve their tai chi, and have tai chi dramatically impact on their lives. I am thinking about writing a book to help us all advance in a positive direction. Please take two minutes to share your thoughts and I will commit to creating something to help you deepen your practice. If you are interested, leave your email at the end. I may reach out to you to talk to ... Read More
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Using the 3 Dantiens to find Enthusiasm

I recently went through a time at work where I really wasn’t motivated.  Projects I was part of took on a gruelingly slow pace.  Activities I would normally do without any real effort required coffee. And rather than be energized by what I was doing, I was really exhausted by the end of day. At the time I can assure you that I came up with all sorts of excuses as to what the problem was, no of which were me ... Read More
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Our Obsession over How to Find Your Dan Tien

We obsess, as a community, over how to find your dan tien.  Google it, and you will find inconceivably anatomical approaches to describe its location as well as mystical proclamations on par with poets’ descriptions of “love.” On one hand, we are told that our tai chi development cannot progress without a full understanding of the Dan Tien.  On the other hand, we are told that it doesn’t physically exist. What to do?  What to do? I found an elegant answer to this ... Read More
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Qigong Healing – Are cultural beliefs stopping qigong from healing your body?

There is so much debate about the potential for qigong healing the body.  I for one believe that qigong can heal the body and benefit from my practice. However, aside from my personal experience I do not feel that there is a large enough body of evidence to sway non-believers or people who have not had positive results (yet!)   So what to do? What I can do is share how my cultural beliefs (and maybe yours) didn’t let me accept the potential for ... Read More