Inward Bound - The T'ai Chi Corner

Inward Bound - The T'ai Chi Corner
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Re: Inward Bound - The T'ai Chi Corner

Post by thelivyjr » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:40 p

Getting back to things in here as the COVID pandemic continues to rage out there, it is and remains my belief that all things happen in life in the order that they will happen ...

As for me, one brief moment back in 1969 was to change my life forever, when the warhead of an RPG-7 rocket grenade exploded right behind my head ...

As a result, I was to learn a whole lot about our "system of health care" here, and early on, I came to the conclusion that if I was to depend on that "system" in any way, it would be to my detriment, because I found it to be totally undependable, unless you want a load of pills, which it has a lot of to dispense a lot of those ...

However, a doctor who I did trust told me point blank that if I started on pain-killing pills way back then, it was going to be a long way down after I took the first one, and it would not be pleasant ...

So what to do, then?

What to do, indeed!

Turn inwards, perhaps?

Utilize the power of the mind?

And how?

How do you find out how to do that?

Now, of course, it is many years later, and well, I can do things that I could not do in my forties, and I am still here, still vertical, which is where it all starts, for me anyway, and the "vehicle" by which much of that has happened is an ancient Chinese art called "t'ai chi", which over the years, I have been lucky to learn a considerable amount about, thanks to the "universe", I guess, and its kindness towards people like me, who have been harmed by life, but wish to keep living it, despite that.

And so, what I have been doing in this thread is taking some time and describing my own "journey" in the world of "natural healing", as it were, in the hopes of clarifying both t'ai chi, and chi gong, to an American audience that can benefit greatly from this ancient art, which is firmly grounded in science, as well, and acute knowledge of how the human body can function, when in sync with the power of the mind, and that is a possibility that must be "actualized", because it is latent, until activated, and that is what the teaching methods of t'ai chi are really all about, which is something that I now understand, and appreciate, and can relate, after some thirty years of study on this subject, to not only keep myself alive, but with quality of life, as well.

Knowledge should be shared, not hoarded …

Hence this thread!

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Re: Inward Bound - The T'ai Chi Corner

Post by thelivyjr » Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:40 p

Patience is an enormously supportive and even magical practice.

It's a way of completely shifting the fundamental human habit of trying to resolve things by either going to the right or the left, labeling things "good" or labeling them "bad."

It's the way to develop fearlessness, the way to contact the seeds of war and the seeds of lasting peace - and to decide which ones we want to nurture.

- Pema Chodron

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:40 p

If we want there to be peace in the world, then we have to take responsibility when our own hearts and minds harden and close.

We have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid, to find the soft spot and stay with it.

We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibilty.

That's true spiritual warriorship.

That's the true practice of peace.

- Pema Chodron

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Re: Inward Bound - The T'ai Chi Corner

Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:40 p

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.

Feeling Unstable? Try These 4 Suggestions


It is estimated that one in three Americans over the age of 65 falls each year, and two-thirds of those will fall again within six months.

Falling has the potential to cause serious injury such as broken bones, and can also damage one’s confidence, sometimes quite significantly.


The good news is that there are steps you can take to help prevent dangerous falls:

* Remain physically active.

Simple daily exercise will help improve and maintain muscle and bone strength.

Look for high quality shoes that offer enough support to keep you moving comfortably and securely through your exercises and daily movement.

If you feel even slightly off balance, speak to your physician about getting a referral to a physical therapist.

They can help evaluate areas of weakness and guide you to improving both strength and balance to get confidence back in your step.

* Try Tai Chi.

It helps teach balance and coordination.

Yoga and dancing can also be beneficial.

Find a local class or start online and plan regular sessions

* Do a home safety check.

Eliminate throw rugs and floor clutter, add grab bars to your bathroom, and have one phone that’s accessible from the floor in the case of a fall.

* Check your medicine cabinet.

Know the side effects of any medication, prescription or otherwise.

Many medications have lightheadedness or vertigo as a side effect.

Another hidden cause can be the nutrients potentially depleted by common medications.

For example, acid suppression meds can deplete iron which can lead to a common form of lightheadedness, anemia.

Speak with your doctor about better options.

If that conversation does not go very far, consider seeking out a trained integrative medicine provider from our University of Arizona Fellowship Program to have a deeper discussion about alternatives.

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Re: Inward Bound - The T'ai Chi Corner

Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:40 p

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.

Loneliness & Health: The Risks Of Social Isolation?


I live alone and was alarmed to hear that “social isolation” is a risk factor for heart attacks and other causes of death.

Is this true?

A study from Germany presented at a medical meeting in Vienna in May (2020) showed that people who are socially isolated are almost 50 percent more likely to die from any cause than people who have strong social relationships.

Study leader, Janine Gronewold, Ph.D., of Germany’s University Hospital in Essen, noted that we’ve known for some time “that feeling lonely or lacking contact with close friends and family can have an impact on (our) physical health.”


The study included 4,316 individuals whose average age was 59.1 years.

None had cardiovascular disease at the outset.

All were followed for an average of 13 years.

Initially, the researchers collected information on the participants’ marital status and cohabitation (if any), contact with close friends and family, and membership in political, religious, community, sports or professional organizations.

During the following 13.4 years, 339 participants had heart attacks or strokes and 530 of them died.

After accounting for other influencing factors – such as known cardiovascular risk factors – that might have contributed to the deaths, the researchers determined that a lack of social integration increased the risk of future cardiovascular events by 44 percent and the risk of death from all causes by 47 percent.

They also reported that a lack of financial support was linked to a 30 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events.

Dr. Gronewold noted that we don’t yet understand why socially isolated people have sub-optimal health-outcomes “but this is obviously a worrying finding, particularly during these times of prolonged social distancing.”

Her associate, Professor Dirk M. Hermann, M.D., added, “What we do know is that we need to take this seriously, work out how social relationships affect our health, and find effective ways of tackling the problems associated with social isolation to improve our overall health and longevity.”

These findings reinforce the fact that while we certainly can be happy by ourselves, staying connected with others can make us both happier and healthier.

Prolonged isolation can lead to sadness, anxiety, disease, and ultimately to premature death.

The opposite is true when we are connected to others and involved as an active member of a community.

Research shows that close, authentic relationships are the key to both physical health and happiness and that people who show the greatest satisfaction with their relationships at age 50 are the ones who are healthiest at age 80.

Close relationships are better predictors of a long and healthy life than IQ, genetic makeup, money, fame or social class.

In fact, the level of satisfaction with one’s relationships is a better predictor of physical health than cholesterol levels!

To me, this affirms how critical our relationships are in life and why staying connected is so important.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Source:

Janine Gronewold et al, “Association of social relationships with incident cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.” EAN Virtual Congress 2020.

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