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  • The art of balancing - The Asian Age

    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The art of balancingThe Asian AgeThis dynamic balance is related to the complementary nature of opposites. China's indigenous religion, Taoism, talks of this balance in terms of yin and yang, represented graphically as two intertwining fish — one black, one white. Everything in the
  • Looking Through...

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
  • Herbal Helpers for Stress

    Personal Tao - Personal Tao
    Julie Alessio
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Lately, I’ve been sharing knowledge of herbs that can help us with stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). As a western herbalist, I describe more herbs that are common in the west.  I always recommend local, organic herbs whenever possible so please use the resources provided to find herbals you resonate with.  If you can’t grow your own, buy quality herbs that smell and look good from trusted sources.  I’m always happy to give a thumbs up or down on a brand before you buy it (I never buy Nature’s Way). The first two types of herbs I’m…
  • Karate kid kung fu form?

    The Tao Bums
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    So was watching the jackie chan karate kid remake a couple of days ago and a thought struck me. If there any sequence of moves in kung fu that you guys can think of like the whole jacket on/ off thing? Like mundane things we do now-a-days but could be used in a kung fu form?
  • Inner Peace...Achievable?

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    inspiringyourspirit
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Achieving ‘Inner Peace’…What!, with all I have going on in my life, what with work, the kids, extra hours trying to learn new things, taking the kids to gym, dance, swimming lessons, looking after the dog, cat and goldfish, ego talking constantly to me to do better, work faster, loose weight etc…Chance would be a fine thing!……Does this or some of it resonate with you? Well, if it does; then you can achieve ‘Inner Peace’ but you have to make the effort to achieve it, it wont just happen overnight. You need to set yourself up to learn, you need to…
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  • The art of balancing - The Asian Age

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The art of balancingThe Asian AgeThis dynamic balance is related to the complementary nature of opposites. China's indigenous religion, Taoism, talks of this balance in terms of yin and yang, represented graphically as two intertwining fish — one black, one white. Everything in the
  • Theatergoer Finds Integrity, Truth, Grace in Shen Yun - The Epoch Times

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    The Epoch TimesTheatergoer Finds Integrity, Truth, Grace in Shen YunThe Epoch Times“Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture,” the Shen Yun website states. Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company will give two performances in Fort Myers on March 31 and then ...and more »
  • It's time to honor Taoism with a holiday - Hong Kong Standard

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Hong Kong StandardIt's time to honor Taoism with a holidayHong Kong StandardSo it is regrettable that we do not mark Taoism the oldest form of philosophy and the religion of our forefathers with a holiday at all. The birthday of the Buddha was made a holiday in 1998 following the handover. As a religion, the Chinese form of
  • Taoists in peril thank action man - Hong Kong Standard

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Taoists in peril thank action manHong Kong StandardNine people suffered minor injuries when a bus with Taoist worshippers rolled down a hill in Tsuen Wan and smashed into a taxi, but there would have been more casualties if not for a fast-thinking devotee. The driver apparently failed to deploy the and more »
  • Best Lent Ever* - Albany Times Union (blog)

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Best Lent Ever*Albany Times Union (blog)If you are offended with Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox Rights, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Coptic Christians and forms of Christianity, peaceful Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism or any other peaceful religion and prefer the ...
 
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  • Looking Through...

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
  • Reminder and Things to Come

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The beech leaf swaying back and forth in our favorite grove out in the Lanark highlands was a small thing, but it was delicate and poignant in a wabi sabi kind of way, a silent but wonderfully eloquent reminder of last year and its fleeting, vanished seasons.Cedars and bare birches in the background swayed back and forth in the wind, and so did the bird feeding stations suspended in an old pine tree a few feet away.  Throngs of chickadees flew in and out of the feeders which we had just just topped up with sunflower seed, and their pleasure in the sunlight, the day and the nosh we had…
  • When the Lights Went Out

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Earth Hour 2015, Saturday, March 28
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    Truth is the perfect circle. Its center is everywhere; its circumference stretches into infinite space. The land on which we stand is sacred; no matter where we stand. Lama Surya Das, Awakening to the Sacred
  • Still in the Awakening Stream

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
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  • Herbal Helpers for Stress

    Julie Alessio
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Lately, I’ve been sharing knowledge of herbs that can help us with stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). As a western herbalist, I describe more herbs that are common in the west.  I always recommend local, organic herbs whenever possible so please use the resources provided to find herbals you resonate with.  If you can’t grow your own, buy quality herbs that smell and look good from trusted sources.  I’m always happy to give a thumbs up or down on a brand before you buy it (I never buy Nature’s Way). The first two types of herbs I’m…
  • Taoist Diet

    Casey Kochmer
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Today’s Student Question is this: Are there any dietary restrictions that Taoists follow? Oh Boy, lets dive in! This is already the 15th draft in one day… I will be changing this blog post a lot over the next few days, to get it right. Diet can be a complicated Taoist topic actually. Art by Sounchy Taoism explores how to live a graceful long life. Diet directly impacts a person’s longevity and health. As a result, Taoists do look at diet in a very serious way. We are after all what we eat. For a Taoist diet and health are connected and an important part of how each person…
  • Exploring Dreams with Awareness

    Julie Alessio
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Most of us go to bed and don’t remember our dreams when we wake up.  We don’t commonly ask each other, “How were your dreams?”  This is curious to me. So, I started becoming more aware of my dreams.  Why limit my consciousness to waking hours only? And, I soon realized dreams are a path towards a greater awareness of the world around me. They are opportunities to receive guidance, inspiration and support to improve my life. I have discovered I have many different types of dreams. I have processing dreams that help me sort through emotions and thoughts in my life. I…
  • Spiritual Fatigue

    Casey Kochmer
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    I have been in the spiritual business for a long time now. Over the last 3 years I have been seeing people in surprisingly large numbers beginning to explore what spirituality means to them and how to use spirituality to improve their life. Embracing spirituality at first is an amazing process for a person. Using awareness of spirit can expand a person’s options. It represents movement of life. Even minor shifts within one’s life motion can open up huge life improvements. Yet there exist limits and problems with over pushing one’s spiritual growth. I want to comment upon…
  • Repairing Trust

    Casey Kochmer
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Photo by: RaduIoan I was asked about repairing trust. Trust once broken is not truly repairable. This is due to the fact that trust is based on faith. Once broken you have shown it is breakable. You cannot have faith in something which by default you now know is not true. To repair trust is to create a New Trust. (If you tape the page back together you are merely putting your trust to the tape rather than the baseline trust…) New Trust takes time, a few years in fact to cement and harden into something a person can have faith within again. So to repair truth requires: A Fresh Start A…
 
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  • Karate kid kung fu form?

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    So was watching the jackie chan karate kid remake a couple of days ago and a thought struck me. If there any sequence of moves in kung fu that you guys can think of like the whole jacket on/ off thing? Like mundane things we do now-a-days but could be used in a kung fu form?
  • Perfect explanation of what Ascension and Expansion of Consciousness actually means. Clarification (Video)

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I have not come to date in contact with a more clear explanation that is free from any ideas we have built up here. A very "sterile" way of putting it. Personally, I can make much use of this. I hope, you can too.     All the best.
  • Coping with intense grief

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    I apologize in advance as there have been many similar threads on TTB in the past, especially dealing with negative emotions. I know that most techniques for dealing with negative emotions can be applied to grief/sadness but I was trying to get more insight into the nature of what it is to be sad.   I have gone through several years of intermittent depressions that have had different factors and variables involved.   More recently, what has been brought to the surface for me to deal with is a feeling of intense sadness.   It is dormant when I am alone, but when I am around…
  • The Greatest Quality

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    I just started thinking about this question this morning, and I'm kind of curious to see how other people feel about it. What do you think, in you personal experience is the single greatest quality or charactericstic that a person can have or exhibit?   Among many other qualities, I would have to say kindness. A person who, in a given situation, has to decide on a course of action, I believe that a kind action would generally be of the more prudent choices.   However, I haven't had a significant amount of time to meditate on this, so I may come up with a new answer later. What do…
  • The dilemma with "Thinking" and How it keeps us eternally in the Past.

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    Stirred up by Dream_Bliss. When I think about something, I use my mind.   My mind consists of both past and future.   In my human state I can only assume a future, consciously. I am not capable of clearly perceive a future, yet. And I can take out what I already know, out of my past, my subconscious mind. So in the end, I fantasize. Some individuals call this "creating". But how effective is it? The assumed future has no real substance to it, since we all know how wonderful and colorful a day-dream can feel like and the real application feels Totally different. And when I think, I…
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  • Inner Peace...Achievable?

    inspiringyourspirit
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Achieving ‘Inner Peace’…What!, with all I have going on in my life, what with work, the kids, extra hours trying to learn new things, taking the kids to gym, dance, swimming lessons, looking after the dog, cat and goldfish, ego talking constantly to me to do better, work faster, loose weight etc…Chance would be a fine thing!……Does this or some of it resonate with you? Well, if it does; then you can achieve ‘Inner Peace’ but you have to make the effort to achieve it, it wont just happen overnight. You need to set yourself up to learn, you need to…
  • Sixth Taoist Contemplation: Lao-Tse as Life Coach

    hiramcrespo
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Efficient people do one thing at a time. They work on one project, bring it to completion, then move on to the next task. In On Why Materialism Matters, I made the case that in nature we observe what I call the paradigm of emergence. Complex things emerge from simpler things. Notice the sense of emergence that is presupposed in materialism.  We believe that, first, there are atoms and molecules, then progressively more complex things.  We believe that from inert matter emerges living matter, and that living things evolve by developing complex symbiotic relations with each other, and only…
  • Come on in!

    Fred Lee
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    A Taoist, upon learning of Shakyamuni Buddha, thought Lao Zi must have journeyed west. A Hindu, upon learning of Siddhartha Gautama, thought he sounded like an avatar of Vishnu.
  • Gnōsis and Islam: Submission or Subjugation?

    Soha Minoo
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. ―Voltaire, Candid. “Love of Wisdom.” A Gnostic view of the term Muslim (meaning “one who surrenders” or submits) as with the term Christs would be rendered differently, than it is usually. I have an acquaintance who jokes about converting people many times. I find it unsettling, because they’re part joking and part serious. In his logic seemed to be this need to get people to the “Religion of Allah.” A Muslim…
  • Because this is how I was taught

    Ronen
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    Practicing my Short Yang (Tai Chi form) this morning, I was struck by the many modifications, some subtle, some not, that my form had gone through over the years. Those changes had become even more apparent several years ago, when I started practicing with an individual I considered my current mentor in this field. I feel that I now have a deeper understanding, as well as connection, with the movement, and that I sense the motivation for each subtle inner and outer motion. This has not always been the case. After practicing the form for about 20 years, when I started with my current mentor, I…
 
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  • Mencius: What is it to be a Human Being?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    I've been very, very sick with the flu for the past four weeks or so.  As a result, I haven't had the energy to do any of the regular things that give my life design and purpose:  taijiquan and writing.  Even reading fell apart, as I was simply too tired to do much more than prop myself in front of the computer and watch cheesy old science fiction shows on YouTube. MenciusAs my energy has returned, I did have enough to glance through a translation of Mencius that I have been wanting to read for quite a few years. He is usually considered the second most important author in the…
  • The Interior Life and It's Limits

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    Yesterday I was riding the bus to work and I noticed a woman get on, who I know suffers from some sort of psychiatric disorder. She is an older woman who once taught at the university and is of that generation of academic women who at the same time appear very prim and proper in a 1950s sort of way, yet who hold quite radical feminist notions. As we rode down the road, I could see that she was getting slightly more agitated and eventually, she stood up and curtsied.  She sat down again for a few moments, then she eventually got up and curtsied again. Again, a shorter wait, and she…
  • Daoist Diet and FODMAP

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    I've recently started to put a bit of emphasis on my diet.  Primarily, this has come about because my wife was concerned about the way certain foods affect me.  I have suffered from what would probably be called "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" for most of my life.  I sometimes get terrible gas, horrible diarrhea, and cramps that will go on for days at a time.  I'd just basically given up caring about this problem, and just accepted it as part of life---just like my horribly flat feet. But since my dearly beloved is new to all of this, she insisted that I try to do…
  • Walking the Talk now available as a Paperback

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Just a quick note, my book on environmental awareness, engagement and the need for practical philosophies, like Daoism, is now available as a paperback. I know that quite a few people are resistant to ebooks, so now you have an alternative.  Only $15 at Lulu Books. http://www.lulu.com/ca/en/shop/bill-hulet/walking-the-talk-engaging-the-public-to-build-a-sustainable-world/paperback/product-22002031.html 
  • New Year's Non-Resolution

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    I've been spending the last two and a half weeks with my dear wife, who resides in another city and country from me because she cares for her invalid mother.  Not having to work during this time, I've been catching up on reading as well as doing things with her.  One thing we did was head off to a thrift store where we loaded up on some old books (they are 15 cents a pound at her favourite one.) Janwillem van de WeteringWe came across a motherlode of taijiquan, kungfu and Zen books, amongst others.  Included in this embarrassment of riches were the first two books in Janwillen…
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  • I Ching #22: The Traps of Adornment

    amy
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is #22 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a Hexagram?” that helps to explain more about the general idea of the I Ching. With all this talk these last few months of SoulSpacing, and adorning our homes with beautiful things, this hexagram was a pleasant treat. I especially liked Deng Ming Dao’s interpretation of the text in The Living I Ching. He explained how adornment of our buildings, our objects…
  • I Ching Hexagram #21: Biting Through Difficulty

    amy
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
            This post is #21 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a Hexagram?” that helps to explain more about the general idea of the I Ching. This post has been a long time coming. I think perhaps today, in reviewing this hexagram’s details for the third time, I am finally ready to write about it! This last month or so has been hard. On the surface, I can’t really complain. My life is…
  • 30 Things I Love About Myself {30 Day Self-Love Challenge}

    amy
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    The very first exercise in the 30 Day Self-Love Challenge by Michele Bergh was to write down 30 things you love about yourself. Hmm.. This is day 8 of the challenge and I’ve been sitting on this one. So here goes… 30 Things I Love About Myself I get a lot done. When I wrote my last post, I realized that I have A LOT on my plate. Even though it keeps me busy, I get a lot done this way. The list never ends but when I look back at my accomplishments, it is cool to know I did so much with my life. I have good style. I know what is cool. Everyone probably thinks that they have good…
  • SoulSpace: Phase 8 – Celebrate

    amy
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    This post has been several weeks in the making. Our SoulSpace book study technically ended a few weeks ago, and in that time I have not celebrated much so it is TIME TO CELEBRATE – or at least to start by writing about it and see what comes up! Funny enough, this whole “lack of celebrating” thing comes at a time when I am participating in Michele Bergh’s 30 Day Self-Love Challenge. (Don’t you just hate how life hands you a 30 Day Self-Love Challenge AND a phase to celebrate your life and accomplishments smack dab in the middle of a time in your life when you…
  • SoulSpace: Phase 7 – Elevate

    amy
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    I am a bit behind in my SoulSpace posts. I did the interview with Xorin Balbes during the Elevate week (what better way to elevate things than to talk to the author of our book study book?) After the interview, I forgot to write about how I elevate my own space. If I have learned one important thing from all of this, it is that my best progress takes place when I am forgiving of myself. Like Naomi wrote, I also have been feeling a bit of down time to absorb this process. It feels out of place to be focusing on elevating my space when I am still surrounded by stuff! I want to keep looping on…
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