How To Be Alone ~ Tanya Davis (karmatube.org)

This charming video pays tribute to the happy wholesomeness of being alone. Tanya Davis recites her poem about the ways of solitude, gently cataloging all the places where aloneness can bring freedom and healing. Whether at a lunch counter, park bench, mountain trail, or on the edge of a dance floor – all you have to do is love yourself enough, to love being alone.

Check out more from KT here…

http://www.karmatube.org/index.php


The News Dilemma: How to Avoid TMI During a Global Pandemic ~ Stacey Colino (everydayhealth.com)

The threshold of information overload varies from one person to another, so it’s important for each of us to identify our own information-related tipping point and protect ourselves from going over our personal edge. But how do you know when too much really is too much?


The Life Story of Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. A gentle, humble monk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called him “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence” when nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Exiled from his native Vietnam for almost four decades, Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer bringing Buddhism and mindfulness to the West, and establishing an engaged Buddhist community for the 21st Century.

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Three Methods for Working with Chaos ~Pema Chodron (dailygood.org)

Times of chaos and challenge can be the most spiritually powerful… if we are brave enough to rest in their space of uncertainty. Pema Chödrön describes three ways to use our problems as the path to awakening and joy: go to the places that scare you, use poison as medicine, and regard what arises as awakened energy.

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=8413




The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing ~ Marie Kondo (thinkr.org)

What you’ll learn

Japanese tidiness consultant and Netflix star Marie Kondo walks us through her KonMari Method of cleaning, which aims at transforming homes and hearts through a minimalism that holds on to only those possessions that “spark joy.”

https://thinkr.org/newsletter/the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-the-japanese-art-of-decluttering-and-organizing



My Zen Practice: Qigong [Part 1]

Diary of a Heterodox Buddhist

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In romanized Chinese it’s spelled as “qi”. Some people would spell it as “chi”. In Japan and Korea, it’s known as “ki”.

So What is Qi?

In its base definition, it means breath or gas. Basically you breathe in qi and you also breathe it out.

Of course in Chinese culture there is a lot more to this. Qi can also refer to attitude. Shengqi, for example, means angry. Qiduan means disappointed. Qiqu means moral character.

But another connotation of qi is vital energy. This is a connotation widely discussed within both Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts. In Chinese medicine, qi is a form of breath-based energy that flows through certain meridians in our bodies. Many of our diseases come from blockages in certain areas and even the types of food we eat. Therefore acupuncture, massage, and cupping are some of the ways used to remove those blockages.

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My Zen Practice: Martial Arts [Pt. 1]

Diary of a Heterodox Buddhist

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I do have heavier things to write about, but since they’re heavy they’ll take a while for me to write about them.

So while I am figuring how to write my heavy topics, why not start with a light one.

Starting today until whenever I want to start writing about how I practice Zen Buddhism.

Before I start, I have to state (even reiterate) what my Zen practice entails. My Zen practice has been heavily influenced by Master Wong Kiew Kit’s book, The Complete Book of Zen. In his book, he states that a complete Zen practice not only focuses on meditation but also includes qigong, martial arts, and scripture reading/liturgy practice. After all, Zen did come from the Shaolin temple which is also famous for its kung-fu. Back in ancient China, qigong practice was also integral part of kung-fu practice.

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