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What's in the Current (Winter 2015-2016) Issue?

 

Wang Shangzhi's Yin Style Baguazhang, An Approach To Health, Well-Being, and Spirituality

Circle Walking

By Robert Santee, Ph.D. & Xiu Zhang, Ed.D.: From the planets orbiting the sun and the moons orbiting the planets, to the inhalation and exhalation of breath, the blood and oxygen circulating through the body and qi cycling through the meridians, to the ongoing change of the seasons, life is a natural continually changing, circular process. It is best symbolized by the Taiji diagram surrounded by the eight trigrams (bagua) in either of its two configurations. Such is the foundation of Baguazhang.

 

The Importance of Chinese Tonic Herbs

By Ron Teeguarden, Master Herbalist: Part 1 of 2 parts: Tonic herbs are fundamental tools for attaining glowing health. In the Orient, the term "glowing health" was traditionally used by Daoists (Taoists) to connote "health beyond danger." It is a state of health where the body, mind and spirit are performing optimally and harmoniously, and as a result one's resistance to stress, microbes, adverse environmental factors and toxins is tremendously enhanced. When one has achieved "glowing health," we are free to follow our path, to practice, grow and develop, unhindered by annoyances like most disease and pain, excessive adversity and mayhem.

 

Garden Beyond Gardens: Nature's Beacons of Healing

By Steven K.H. Aung, CM AOE MD: Gardens are conventionally defined as indoor or outdoor spaces dedicated to the cultivation of plants for aesthetics, hobbies, or plain enjoyment. Gardens are products of the wonders of nature, molded with human creativity and ingenuity. However, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, gardens are special places that are brimming with nature's positive healing energy. Because positive healing energy is a requisite for physical, mental and spiritual health, gardens, in the traditional medical sense, are known to be beacons of healing, meditation and spirituality.

 

Daoist Meditation Stills & Calms the Mind

By Qianfeng Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD): For a long time Daoists have used seated meditation to still the mind, but many new practitioners find it very difficult to establish a good practice due to a lack of understanding and proper guidance, and become bad tempered and upset. This is why I am now going to explain the Qianfeng School's method of seated meditation that stills and calms the mind.

 

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Departments include "Jou Tsung Hwa and The Chen Family's Xiao Jia System" by Alan Sims; "The Shaky Relationship Between Hun and Po" by Gary Wagman, PhD., LAc.; Information about Chinese New Year 2016, the year of the Monkey; as well as our typical news and cultural tidbits. Hope you enjoy this, our 100th issue.

 

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