You may have noticed that a strong thread of lightheartedness, humor and flexibility weaves throughout all of these concepts. And if you were to adopt a little bit of those as a daily practice, you'll have no choice but to have a healthier, happier life in the long run.
Both the Buddha and Lao Tze talk about taking a middle road and living a harmonious, balanced life, and that is precisely what is required when it comes to judging.
Is there an inner compass we can trust to guide our steps to an enduring sense of well-being in these turbulent times?
What I didn't realize until well into my studies is that acupuncture is Taoist medicine. I had no idea that this effective medicine had sprung from meditation and qi cultivating techniques that draw upon imagery from nature and seek to restore balance to the human being, as well as to the universe.
In the leisure of our own thought, we ask the question of the nature of Confucius' leisure ... We tend not to think of a founder of a religious tradition or their zealot followers as having many moments of leisure! But is that an accurate impression?
Qigong originated from shamanic healing rituals and totemic dances appearing around the time of the Neolithic Ice Age.
Enlightenment is not restricted to ancient monks living in harmony with nature. It is an experience open to all, regardless of where or when they live.
Throughout the years, I have learned Philip's language. His insight into music as a place arises from a deep visceral experience that is as concrete as the table in front of him.
Right and Left are going to have to recognize the importance of the role each plays in the well-being of the whole.
If we want to understand where China is headed (indeed, where the world is headed), we need to stop listening to our diplomats and politicians, and pick up books by writers (whether journalists or novelists) who are in touch with China.
Minutes after they placed me on the emergency room table and fit an oxygen mask over my face, I felt my heart stop beating and I sighed my last breath.
Long past midnight, I stayed awake, watching horrifying images of a tsunami wave cresting and flowing deep into farmland, cars and buildings like tiny toys bobbing about in the slow-motion flood.
For digestion, our body needs the internal combustion of heat to transform the food and absorb the nutrients through our intestines. The coldness of ice blocks the whole digestive process.
a strong positive balance of attending to life and death makes the most sense. The problem is that we are decidedly out of balance today. Paradoxically, letting go of life allows us to appreciate it more deeply!
It isn't just this Gulf oil spill that makes us sick to our stomachs and clouds our hearts. It's the loss of control we feel over the decisions that effect us and our children and our descendants.
Treating all things as miracles that pass away too soon, our thoughts and actions take on a new caliber and timbre. We concentrate on what is present instead of what is absent and discover new depths.