Podcast: T’ai Chi With Bill Douglas

tai-chiOn the latest podcast, Angel Millar speaks with Bill Douglas, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & QiGong, and co-founder of World T’ai Chi and QiGong Day. We look at the practice of T’ai Chi, T’ai Chi and health, World T’ai Chi and QiGong Day, and even the practice of the internal art in the Middle East. Continue reading “Podcast: T’ai Chi With Bill Douglas”

Self-Mastery and Tao: Ten Essential Practices

taoism-essential-techniquesIn the modern age, with its endless and intoxicating distractions bombarding us and pulling our consciousness in many directions, it is vital for us to develop and follow a personal discipline that keeps us focused on the real purposes and meanings in our lives, so that we can slowly attain the fruits of our practices.

When we live for instant gratification, or live to chase “happiness” — as many have come to conceive of it — we ultimately end up disappointed. Hence the old adage that, “one who chases happiness is sure to avoid it”.

This is the strange irony: The human spirit does not gain authentic and lasting happiness from satisfying base desires and from being briefly satisfied with some outer stimuli because it forms nothing lasting or solid. Continue reading “Self-Mastery and Tao: Ten Essential Practices”

Daily Meditation: The Tao, the Human Condition, and Self-Overcoming

Daily meditations for the higher man.The Tao Te Ching, Chapter 13, reads:

Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.

What do you mean by “Accept disgrace willingly”?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss and gain.
This is called “accepting disgrace willingly.”

What do you mean by “Accept misfortune as the human condition”?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?

Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. (translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)

Disgrace and misfortune are anathema to the ego-driven culture of the West. We do whatever it takes at all costs to ensure the ego remains enthroned upon a the seat of pride and good fortune. The New Age consumerist mindset views spirituality and health as measures to prevent the disgrace of the ego and the misfortune of the body, rather than dedicated practices to bring the body and mind into harmony with the soul. You can transcend your limitations to “become the best you” with ancient alchemical secrets of mind control and achieve optimum wellness via long-forgotten nutritional wisdom of the cavemen. Continue reading “Daily Meditation: The Tao, the Human Condition, and Self-Overcoming”