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Musing: The Desktop or The Mountain Top

Is the view from the desktop is the same as the view from the mountaintop? It is, if the desk is located at the window of a monastery on a mountaintop in Tibet, or at a luxury chalet on a mountaintop near Gstaad, Switzerland. What if the desktop is located in the bowels of a corporate building, in the depths of a city or at the window of a house down a crowded side street?  Is it the same? The view is the view. If the environment differs does your choice of how to respond change?  Your … [Continue Reading]


Developing Clarity and Stillness

The Scripture for Daily Internal Practice The present article is a discussion and translation of the Taishang laojun nei riyong miaojing (Wondrous Scripture for Daily Internal Practice of the Great High Lord Lao; DZ 645). Abbreviated as Nei riyong jing (Scripture for Daily Internal Practice), this scripture (jing) is a Song dynasty (Northern: 960-1127; Southern: 1127-1279) text that emerged through the coupling of internal alchemy (neidan) and the earlier tradition of clarity and … [Continue Reading]


What to do if Your Tai Chi Form Gets a Bit Boring

Many people ask: "How can I carry on practising the Form when it varies so little, day after day, month after month, year after year? Doesn't it ever get boring? There are some Sifu's that answer -  with a raised eyebrow and a supercilious expression: "It is never boring" they insist, and then add that by asking the question you have revealed how little you know about Tai Chi. "The Form is always different" they say and "if you really focus on your breath, your posture, your energy then you … [Continue Reading]


The Roots of Mindfulness Meditation

Everyone seems to be talking about mindfulness meditation these days. Every few days there is another article doing the rounds and the research labs across the world seem to be occupied with nothing but research into this amazingly new method for achieving a healthy life. The American Psychological Association (APA) has published a report setting out a huge range of benefits from mindfulness meditation including boosts to working memory, cognitive flexibility, increased focus, reduction in … [Continue Reading]