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Taoism, Philosophy, Healing, and Health

  Meditation for Health, Wellness, and Manifestation (Part 1)
Meditation is considered by many to be one of the oldest forms of wellness practices around. Of course, no one can truly say the exact place and time where meditation practice began. In this article, part 1 of our series on meditation, learn the history of meditation and learn how to use Qigong and guided imagery.

"Lazy Man's" Yoga: Thai Yoga Therapy Provides All the Benefits of Yoga
In “lazy man’s” yoga the recipient is passively placed by the therapist into a variety of yoga-like stretches. Therapists will use their legs, arms, feet, and hands to apply firm rhythmic pressure to almost every part of the recipient’s body. Since the recipient is relaxed and encouraged to breathe deeply as they are stretched they usually can go deeper into the massage poses and benefit from increased flexibility and mobility. The results are often longer lasting than regular massages. 

An Introduction to Kundalini Yoga
"Kundalini Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in Yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class." Yogi Bhajan

Blessings of Joy
Do you ever wish you could shut down that interminable commentary of your mind and just enjoy? I did and now I can. I invite you to do the same. How? It's called Oneness Blessing, also known as Oneness Deeksha.

Spiritual Aspects of Hindustani Indian Classical Music
The music of India is one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world. The origin of Indian classical music goes back to the Vedic times, when the Rishis, deep in meditation, would contemplate different sound vibrations and tonal patterns and the effects it has on consciousness. In later times, temple priests would chant Vedic shlokas (verses) to certain ragas (melodic modes) in the temples.

Introduction to Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls
In the words of the great Tibetan master/Bodhisattva Gwalwa Karmapa, the Singing Bowls of Tibet emit the "Sound of the Void", the sound of the universe manifesting. They are a symbol of the 'unknowable' and as an alloy, date back to the Buddha, Shakyamni (560-480 B.C.). Their origins and detailed histories are shrouded in the distant past and are surely a gift from the shamanistic 'Bon' religion which precedes Buddhism in Tibet by centuries. For centuries they have been utilized for healing and consciousness transformation. We are now discovering the science behind this powerful ancient modality which is so effective for healing today. Modern medicine can now measure and thus confirm the practice of sound as a means to heal.
 
Altar Your Spirituality
Want to take you spirituality to the next level? I recommend creating and sustaining a physical altar in your home. This is a simple and effective way to raise your vibration on an ongoing basis. An altar is a sacred space where you place your inspirational and devotional objects and consciously practice prayer, ritual, magic, or meditation. The specifics of your altar are as individual and personal as the contents of your diary. The following are five easy guidelines to optimize the potency of your altar.
 
Larisa Stow & Gathering Guru, Explained (Sort Of)
This morning, while in conversation at a local diner, I was asked a curious question. What musical genre does Larisa Stow & Gathering Guru fit into? My mind bolted and my eyes stared off into blankness, looking for a music category that would correspond. I couldn't do it; they just don't belong in one specific arena. Well, technically, they play Kirtan (pronounced ker-TAN) music, which I can best describe as call-and-response in Sanskrit. The call-and-response style creates a dialogue between Larisa and the audience, interlacing both in a common experience. It is frequently used to link audience with musician and musicians with one another in Gregorian Chant, Classical, Jazz, Pop, Country, Gospel, African, and every other music style you can think of.
 
Aromatherapy: Making Scents Yesterday and Today (Part 1, Part 2)
Natural plant oils have been recognized for over 6000 years for their healing, cleansing, preservative and mood-enhancing properties. Follow the story of aromatherapy, some historical trivia from various cultures, and ways to use it in part 1 of this article.
 
Ommm Sweet Ommm
Om is the supreme and most sacred syllable in Sanskrit. It is believed to be the original primordial vibration of the universe, after the big bang. It is uttered as a mantra and in affirmations and blessings to connect all living beings.
 
Tantric Travel Log: How Ganesha Wins the Mango
I went to south India in search of source. Having practiced meditation, yoga, and tantra in over a dozen foreign countries, I'll admit I'm on a frenzied spiritual quest and India holds a certain mystique, a certain uncertainty.
 
Feng Shui and the Ba Gua Mirror
Feng shui, Chinese geomancy, has been used for thousands of years by Chinese people to harmonize themselves to their environment and to create good fortune.
 
Feng Shui and the Ba Gua Mirror
8 Trigrams
 
  Taoism - Ageless Wisdom for A Modern World   Part 1
Join us as we explore Taoism, an ancient Chinese tradition, and legendary Taoist sages, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu.
 
  Taoism - Ageless Wisdom for a Modern World
Part 2:   Te - The Principle of Inner Nature

This is the second of a series of articles on Taoism, an ancient Chinese tradition. This article deals with te, the principle of inner nature.
 
  Taoism - Ageless Wisdom for a Modern World
Part 3:   Yin-Yang - The Principle of Harmony and Change

This is the third of a series of articles on Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophical tradition. This article deals with yin-yang, the principle of harmony and change.
 
  Taoism - The Wu-Wei Principle   Part 4
The essential message of Taoism is that life constitutes an organic, interconnected whole which undergoes constant transformation.
 
  Taoism and the Sage   Part 5
This is the fifth and final article of a series on Taoism, and focuses on the concept of the Sage.
 
  The Eastern Approach to Touch   Part 1
The origins of massage date back to as far as 2300 B.C. China. This introduction to massage, its origins, and the various types of massage, is part one in our series on massage.
 
  Shiatsu   Part 2
In part two of our series on Eastern massage techniques, learn how Shiatsu ("finger pressure") and Teate ("placing the hand") originated.
 
  Jin Shin Acutouch – Energetic Bodywork Through Stillness   Part 3
In part three of our series on Eastern massage techniques, learn how Jin Acutouch originated and the principles behind this massage form of "Compassionate Spirit penetrating through touch."
 
  Tao of Health – Chinese Herbal Medicine Cabinet
Americans searching for more control over their lives and for natural alternatives to synthetic drugs have opened their eyes to ancient methods of healthcare.
 
 

Ayurveda, the Science of Life
Ayurveda is the classical health care system of India, originating in the ancient Vedic civilization of 3,000 B.C.E. Ayur-Veda means Science of Life.

Staying Healthy with the Seasons: Winter
While summer is a time of great activity, winter is a time of stillness and clarity.

Living Healthfully with the Vata Dosha in Autumn
In Ayurveda we use nature as our guide. It’s only reasonable to consider that we humans are affected by natural forces of dark and light, cold and heat, dry wind and moist rain just like the rest of the natural world. This includes both daily (circadian) as well as seasonal biorhythms.

Living with the Seasons: Summer
In the summer the earth manifests Yang. Energies are at their peak and are moving upward and outward, brightly and lightly. This is a good time to take advantage of the cosmic forces and engage in lots of activity and exercise, to soak up the solar qi. But heart types, who are already very active, must guard against extremes. They are already circulating inside as if it were summer year round. If not grounded by the yin of the water element/kidney energy, they can suffer from symptoms of the “heart and kidneys are not communicating.” Their nervous system becomes overactive and they develop symptoms like insomnia, restlessness, absentmindedness, depression, fatigue, mouth sores, and constipation.

Living with the Seasons: Spring
Spring is on its way, a time of change, when the contractive cold moist Yin energies of Winter gradually give way to the expansive hot Yang energies of Summer. This process involves movement and wind. The weather is still unstable in Spring,vacillating between new warm breezes and the old colder weather of the season just past.  

Living with the Seasons: Fall
In Chinese medicine, Fall and Spring are the "hinges" between Summer and Winter. The seasons are a kind of love dance between heaven and earth. In Summer, Gaia (Mother Earth) opens like a flower, her energies are at their maximum, she flourishes and reaches up to embrace her cosmic lover. In Winter, she withdraws, taking her energies back into the core of her being. It is a time of maximum Yin, whereas Summer is a time of maximum Yang.  

Living with the Seasons: Winter
Chinese medicine, influenced by the ideas of Chinese philosophy, observes the movement of life-forces in nature and seeks a way of living that is in harmony, rather than in conflict with this Qi (life force). While summer is a time of great activity, winter is a time of stillness and clarity.
 

  Living with the Seasons: Winter
The philosophy that governs Chinese medicine imagines ourselves as part of one interdependent wholeness, what quantum mechanics calls the "unified field."
 
Living with the Seasons: Winter
Winter is the time associated with long nights and short days, with cold in the sky, and moisture on land. Find out what you can do to stay well in the winter through Chinese medicine, food remedies, herbal medicine, and Ayurvedic winter tonification.
 
  Women's Health   –   Menopause:   Philosophies of the East and West
This is part three of our Tao of Health series. In this article we will discuss alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
 
  Healing Arts of the Philippines
Find out about Philippine healers who have been blessed with some mysterious ability to perform "psychic surgery" — to operate on patients without benefit of knives or other tools — and in some cases to heal them outright.
 
  Nei Kung Chi Liao-Tao Internal Energy Diagnosis & Healing (Medical Chi Kung – Acupuncture Without Needles)   Part 1
"Healing ourselves" through the self cultivation methods known as Shen Kung (cultivating the heart-mind-spirit), which is the foundation and prerequisite of Taoist Medical Chi Kung, "acupuncture without needles."
 
  Nei Kung Chi Liao-Tao Internal Energy Diagnosis & Healing (Medical Chi Kung – Acupuncture Without Needles)   Part 2
This is part two of three of this article, and a continuation of our series on massage and holistic healing.
 
  Nei Kung Chi Liao-Tao Internal Energy Diagnosis & Healing (Medical Chi Kung – Acupuncture Without Needles)   Part 3
This is part three of this article, and a continuation of our series on massage and holistic healing.
 
  The Healing Arts of the Philippines
Based on the concept of mind-body medicine, the healing arts of the Philippines, and of other great cultures, are a testimony to the wholeness that we seek to return to.
 
  Herbs and Herbalism
Important Tips in Chinese Herbology.
 
  Beyond Ch'i:   Body Energy Frequencies in Traditional Chinese Alchemy
Examine the topic of body energy within the traditional Chinese context and study the different frequencies of energy in and around the body.
 
Beyond Ch'i:   Body Energy Frequencies in Traditional Chinese Alchemy
The historical origins of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, are in traditional Taoist alchemy. In part two of this article, we conclude our study of the different frequencies of energy in and around the body.
 
Bring Balance to Your Life with Qigong!
Qigong is the perfect holistic fitness practice for the busy woman who has only a few minutes to herself in the car, at lunch, or just before falling asleep at night. Find out more in A Woman's Qigong Guide!
 
The Tao of Becoming a Strategist
Discover the basics of becoming a strategist in this article designed to be an overture to those who are interested in the art and science of Sun Tzu's strategic principles.
 
The Great Teachings Are the Same
It seems as though mankind has fought and quarreled over whose beliefs about a set doctrine of religious teachings are actually the "truth" for as long as these doctrines have existed. The irony of this is that the fighting, whether verbal or physical, goes against the very teachings that these combatants profess to follow.
 
Good Vibrations Follow an Ancient Tradition
Sound bath using crystal "singing bowls" at the Integratron, an unusual landmark located near the towns of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Use of such bowls dates back to the era of the Buddha Shakyamuni (2500 years ago) in the Himalayas.
 
Playing with the Dao:   A "Pragmatic" Strategic View   Part 1
Someone recently asked me the following set of questions: "Since our world has gotten more chaotic than what we dreamed or believed in, what can we do about it? Can a person stay ahead of the curve of shifts and changes by understanding the Dao? Is there anything in the Dao that allows us to understand our world of uncertainty?"
 
Playing with the Dao: A "Pragmatic" Strategic View   Part 2
Can a person stay ahead of the curve of shifts and changes by understanding the Dao? Is there anything in the Dao that allows us to understand our world of uncertainty?
 
Jiang Taigong: The Supreme Strategist: Part 1, Part 2
Meet Jiang Taigong, a real historical character named Lu Shang who is credited with the feat of writing the first military strategic book Liutao (Six Secret Strategic Teachings).

Grandma Was a Shaolin Monk
Grandma had told me, “No matter where you go or what you do, no matter how far you ride that horse, you will always be you. You are wonderful and I love you just the way you are.” Later I travelled to Taiwan and China, only to get the same message from Shaolin monks.

Acupressure for the Emotions

A new way of treating emotional distress has evolved. This branch of psychology, using modern principles of cognitive therapy and ancient acupressure systems, is generically called Energy Psychology, and has evolved over the past few decades.
 
Aromatherapy: Your Guide to Using Essential Oils (Part 2)
Learn the many versatile and easy ways to use essential oils and to use some of the more common ones for various health issues. Follow the story of aromatherapy, some historical trivia from various cultures, and ways to use it in part 2 of this article.
 
Jiang Taigong: The Supreme Strategist (Part 1)
Meet Jiang Taigong, a real historical character named Lu Shang who is credited with the feat of writing the first military strategic book Liutao (Six Secret Strategic Teachings).
   

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