Cultivating Stillness

It is the purpose of a Daoist Longevity Practice.  Do you have the patience to let your mud settle?

The Breath of Life:  Cultivating Vitality in Daoism

The Breath of Life: Cultivating Vitality in Daoism

Daoism, an ancient Chinese philosophy and spiritual tradition, places immense importance on the breath. Far from a simple biological function, the breath in Daoism is considered the bridge between the physical and the spiritual, a wellspring of vitality, and a key to...

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The Single Whip:  A Cornerstone Of Taiji

The Single Whip: A Cornerstone Of Taiji

One of the Taiji styles I teach is the Yang Style Short Form as taught to me by Master Wei Lun Huang.  It was the second Taiji style I was trained in, and led to the third form, the Yang Style Long Form.  Among the 24 movements in the short form, and the 108 movements...

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The Unhurried Grace: Patience of a Forest Stream

The Unhurried Grace: Patience of a Forest Stream

With gurgling song and mossy grace,The forest stream winds its gentle pace.Through sun-dappled leaves, it finds its way,Over stones it dances, all through the day. No rush or fret, it knows no haste,Content to linger, beauty to taste.A ribbon of peace, a calming...

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Zen Master of The Marsh:  The Stillness of The Blue Heron

Zen Master of The Marsh: The Stillness of The Blue Heron

I got a note from my oldest daughter this week about a blue heron.  When my girls were young, we would go to Crab Creek, not far from our house on Cape Cod, and watch for a blue heron.  She had seen one at our old place, and wanted me to know. The creek was a big...

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Squirrels, Taiji, and Stillness

Squirrels, Taiji, and Stillness

All of my students have met my squirrel.  We became friends a couple of years ago, and we share a few moments together each day.  I’ve written about her before, including even a poem.  She comes each day to eat peanuts with me on one of the benches in the meditation...

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