Category Archives: living the taiji life

Who controls your life?

Master Yang often asks, “Do you control your life or does your life control you?” I think that for most people the answer isn’t either or but a question of degree. I think that there are some people that have … Continue reading

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Regulating the Spirit: Moderation in attachments

If you want to build up and maintain a calm and steady spirit, it is a common tenet of philosophy that you have to avoid attachment to the things of the world.  This is why monks retreat from society and … Continue reading

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Regulating the Spirit

If you wish to maintain a calm and steady spirit, you must embrace the fact that the world moves in cycles of growth and decay.  The cycles may last days, years, centuries or millennia, but they are inevitable and unavoidable. … Continue reading

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Prevention vs. treatment

Every October, breast cancer awareness month, I am reminded that the American approach to illness is still heavily biased toward an attitude that goes something like this: “first I have the bad luck to get sick, then I go to … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Yin-Yang symbol and Taoist philosophy

The Yin-Yang symbol tells us that nothing lasts forever.  The universe and human kind are in a constant state of change.  We can see this in nature every year as the seasons turn.  Things will sprout, flourish, wither and then … Continue reading

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Who are you?

Some people want to gain others’ respect, so they take out a mortgage and buy a big house. Since they can’t take their big house with them when they step outside, they take out another loan and buy a fancy … Continue reading

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Can’t find the time?????

Sorry, I have neglected my blog recently. I could say that I couldn’t find the time to blog. You often hear people say that they “can’t find the time.” But that expression would not be accurate in my case just … Continue reading

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Functional Meditation–Balancing your life

During our last discussion and meditation session before the holidays, we started discussing the principle of balance.  Life out of balance makes it hard to attain the quiet and calm mind needed for meditation and has many other detrimental effects … Continue reading

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Functional Meditation: Choose not to take it personally

During last week’s session we discussed the principle we called, “choose not to take it personally.”  Our culture tries to teach us that we must react in certain ways to external stimuli.  If you are the target of a one-finger … Continue reading

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