Dispassion

I like the notion of dispassion.  I don’t see it as meaning unfeeling or cold but being free of most strong emotions like fear or anger or even desire.  It is cool and calm and unbiased and we have a whole nervous system devoted to bringing it on, the parasympathetic, the system that opposes the […]

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Calm and Settle the Body, Quiet the Mind

Words and phrases come to mind about the practice of yoga and meditation.  “Calm and settle the body, quiet the mind” seem apt and descriptive.   One of first sutras in the “Yoga Sutras” is about quieting mental stuff.  I do seem to recall although I don’t  have a copy of the Sutras anymore to check.  […]

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Aikido

There is an interesting version of one of the Japanese martial arts called aikido, which I think translates roughly as “the way of harmonizing with the breath”.  Not much different than Qi Gong or Chi Kung as I like to write, the Chinese practice that can be translated as “Skill of Breathing” and they all fit […]

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Hellenistic Philosophy in a Nutshell

Greek philosophy after Alexander the Great is called Hellenistic and mainly consists of Stoicism, Skepticism, and Epicureanism.  They all had something valuable to say about leading a good and virtuous life and I think are similar in many ways to Eastern practices and wisdom.  The stoics promoted a kind of dispassion free from strong and […]

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Cool Hands on a Warm Head

With the colder weather approaching here is a technique for making good us of cool hands and fingers.  Lie back on a bed or recliner and relax and be comfortable.  Place one hand on your forehead and the other on the back of your neck.  Transfer the coolness of your hands into your head and […]

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