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What to do if Your Tai Chi Form Gets a Bit Boring

Many people ask: "How can I carry on practising the Form when it varies so little, day after day, month after month, year after year? Doesn't it ever get boring? There are some Sifu's that answer -  with a raised eyebrow and a supercilious expression: "It is never boring" they insist, and then add that by asking the question you have revealed how little you know about Tai Chi. "The Form is always different" they say and "if you really focus on your breath, your posture, your energy then you … [Continue Reading]

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The Roots of Mindfulness Meditation

Everyone seems to be talking about mindfulness meditation these days. Every few days there is another article doing the rounds and the research labs across the world seem to be occupied with nothing but research into this amazingly new method for achieving a healthy life. The American Psychological Association (APA) has published a report setting out a huge range of benefits from mindfulness meditation including boosts to working memory, cognitive flexibility, increased focus, reduction in … [Continue Reading]

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The Path of Acting in Accordance with Heaven

Excerpts from Xuntian zhi dao by Dong Zhongshu (179 – 104 BCE) translated and introduced by Heiner Fruehauf Dong Zhongshu was a Han dynasty scholar with Confucian inclinations. His most important work, potentially a collaboration of different authors, is the Chunqiu fanlu (Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn Annals). Written around the same time that the main classic of Chinese medicine (Huangdi neijing) was first edited into a coherent whole, it contains a variety of treatises on yin-yang … [Continue Reading]