So, I just returned from Northern Alberta. It was a five-day vacation, mostly centred on hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. There is a different energy to the nature and majesty of mountains and their surrounding environment. It is something almost palpable. The energy and joy the mountains provide is not… Read more »
My opinion on body alignment vs energy cultivation in Tai Chi practice.
Pilates Vs Yoga So what exactly is Pilates? Is it the same as Yoga? Yoga is a form of exercise, mindfulness practice, and spiritual practice developed in India millennia ago, and there are varying training styles. Pilates, on the other hand, is about eighty years old. Joseph Pilates created Pilates. Before World War II, Joseph… Read more »
No one I know is not familiar with the term “gut feeling.” We have all had moments in our lives where the centre area of our body (called the ‘hara’ in Japanese Martial Arts) has given us feelings that could be interpreted as intuitive nudges. These intuitive feelings can arise as tightness or tension in… Read more »
Physical and Psychological freedom from tension are the goals.
The book that has inspired me the most is a book by the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Isaac Bashevis Singer. The book is entitled “Shosha.” This book has inspired me because of how I so deeply relate to the protagonist. The protagonist is Aaron Gredinger, an intellectual, son of a Rabbi, and… Read more »
The Four Noble Truths are said to be the first teachings of the historical Buddha after his enlightenment experience. They are informational, symbolic, and indirectly prescriptive. In the ultimate analysis, they are foundational to the Buddhist religion’s view of existence and the supreme spiritual purpose of Buddhists after multiple lifetimes. The four noble truths are… Read more »
Several people have inspired me throughout my life – most of them not “famous” at all. If I were to choose one famous historical figure who has inspired me, it would be Bruce Lee. The reasons he inspires me may not be what one expects to see listed in such writing as this. Most would… Read more »
Many of us have written poems to express some strong and/or confused emotions that eddies and flows in whirlpool circles within our breast. These emotions are sometimes erupting into crashing waves within our hearts, threatening to burst us open. Whether or not we had any talent or learned skill, whether or not the poem written… Read more »
Writing has a unique quality that was discovered many centuries ago. I’m referring to the power of writing to make clear to oneself one’s innermost thoughts and emotions. Journalling is like excavating one’s deepest thoughts and emotions. Writing down these thoughts and emotions forces one to process these difficult emotions and thoughts and memories. This… Read more »