The Dao and Practice of Laundry….

Seeking and attaining spiritual growth does not get you out of doing the dishes!!! Maybe afterward, you are more grateful for the dish, the meal, the water……..but you still have to wash it!!! I remember all the old martial art movies with the Kung Fu Monks doing laundry and chores like they were kicking someones’ ass…… Don’t seek enlightenment to get out of living…….seek it to get into living….! #DontGetBummedOutByChores #DoChoresLikeAKungFuMaster

To practice #BALANCE, a supreme Daoist value, you can stand on one leg while folding the laundry. It’s harder than you think.

To practice #STRENGTH, a necessary Dao Life quality, you can bend the knees while loading the dishwasher, or doing yardwork, instead of beding over at the waist. Less chance for injury and you can knock out those squats. Your thighs house your Sea of Blood in Asian medical philosophy because the femur is the largest marrow producing bone. Using your knees keeps them limber and strong. #SedentaryLife is a #PhysicallyPainfulLife. #UseItOrLoseIt

To practice #PATIENCE, a Dao Life principle of inner peace, you can inhale and exhale deeply, especially when doing rote seemingly meaningless chores. Sighing has been shown to lower blood pressure and rebalance disrupted brain chemistry. Add music to lift your mood, quicken your step. Music distrupts the time frequency, helping you acheive your goal without blowing your top!

To practice #AWARENESS, a Dao Life gift of persistance, you can get up 20 minutes earlier. Take 5 minutes outside to stretch and breathe a little. Connect to how you feel. The nature of your thoughts. Connect to your surroundings. Survey your environment. Check your list for the day and update it.

To practice #DISCIPLINE, a Dao Life prinicple of progress, you can commit to make that bed every morning. Period. Make that list to stay organized daily. Take time for self improvement.

To practice #KINDNESS, a Dao Life core human expression, you can hug more often. . . make a phone call to a friend in need. Donate something to a charity once a month. It helps more than you think. Pay it forward. As for kindness in laundry….You can un scrunch your socks or turn your shirt right side out before throwing them in the basket…. or yin you can just once, match your husbands’ socks lol….or yang you could put away the pile of folded laundry your mom/wife did 2 weeks ago.

Natural herbs for male contraception…!!

Interesting new research is out about a group of herbs that may be useful for male contraceptives. The links below outline the names and traditional uses of these herbs. The first, Sarcostemma acidum, was used for wound healing, communicable respiratory disease, anti-parasitic and antibiotic. New studies are confirming these properties.

Another plant, cat’s claw has similar uses, including anti-fertility.

Here’s an African plant, Leptadenia hastata, that not only has similar healing properties as an anti-diabetic, but it also acts as an abortifacient and anti-fertility….

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The Tinospora cordifolia plant (heart leaved moon seed) is of great interest to researchers across the globe because of its reported medicinal properties like anti-diabetic, anti-periodic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-oxidant, anti-allergic, anti-stress, anti-leprotic, anti-malarial, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory and anti-neoplastic activities. Here’s info from webmd about the herb!! New research shows it’s anti-male fertility uses.

Even spearmint and peppermint teas can have an effect on fertility by changing reproductive hormones, LH, FSH and testosterone levels in humans. Maybe a new and interesting treatment for male pattern hair growth in women and a future libido moderator….!?

Another asian plant, Indian Squirrel Tail, shows promising help for neurological disease like epilepsy and also decreases male sperm growth.

It appears now that these plants, along with a few common others like Chinese Mahogany, NEEM, papaya seed extract, and yes, even Cannabis are mentioned to have some benefit as a MALE CONTRACEPTIVE…….very interesting. Especially in light of recent controversy over birth control options. Check out the research!

Tai Chi and Chi Kung (Qigong) Proven Helpful For Mental Disorders….

As the evidence for Tai Chi and Qigong continues to develop, promising results from multiple RCTs suggest that these are potentially effective treatments for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and low mood, as well as for improving self-esteem and general psychosocial well-being. Results from the RCTs evaluating Tai Chi and Qigong for specific mental diseases suggest that they may be effective for improving symptoms of Parkinson disease, TBI, sleep disturbance, substance abuse, and cognitive impairment

Ryan Abbott MD

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Mental Separation

Daoist meditation is a process where you practice stillness. Through stillness, your intelligent consciousness separates from the chattering thoughts rattling around in your mind. Daoist’s call the mental chatter your “monkey mind.” Achieving separation from your own monkey mind through stillness is an interesting phenomena. Personally, it took about 9 months of once a week 1 hr classes, with 3 or 4 ten minute practice sessions a week on my own to achieve that separation. It is a noticeable event.

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From that point, achieving mental quietness is rather quick, like after you learned to ride a bike. You don’t have to go through the lesson again. You just get on and ride. Same is true for meditation. Once your mind is separated, you can observe how your thoughts make you feel. Practicing meditation from there shows you where your mental, emotional and spiritual quirks are — areas where your original code was altered. Sometimes these quirks open new pathways for progress. Sometimes these quirks create blockages or issues that need to be addressed.

This is an interesting article using modern Daoist influenced psychological techniques to quiet the negative voices we find in our head. Good tips to quiet the monkey mind.

Consider Tai Chi … — One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

I have had great success with yoga over the years, but tai chi comes heavily recommended by people whose opinions I respect. I took some classes in it and enjoyed them, but never felt as totally exercised as I did with yoga. Herewith a breakdown of this gentle martial art. Tai chi is a non-competitive […]

Consider Tai Chi … — One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

Seasons Change…..and so do the times……..

After 25 some years in an American practice of ancient, old school Chinese medicine and martial arts, I’ve come to realize I’m consciously witnessing a rapid change in times… and electricity with my grandparents…..TVs and phones with my parents ……..cell phones, computers and the internet with us……. My kids will have driving cars, vacation in space and be able to live until they are 150+…….!!! After only a few generations of us truly removing ourselves from the influence of nature, we are now seeing the effects of that separation. With mental health issues like depression, anxiety, suicide, and serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease on the rise, we must ask ourselves if such a relatively rapid exodus from the influence of our home planet, of our earth mother was so smart.

It’s time to move on from ways in the past that are unsustainable to new ways that are sustainable for us and the planet

With rapid change in any environment, the life forms within it stress. It’s a dual application implanted within us. One application maintains the status quo. It’s called homeostasis……a very important function for energy sustainability. Your body and mind have been programmed by your DNA to operate in a holding pattern to conserve energy… low battery mode on your phone.. When new apps are opened, energy is used, commands and purposes of the phone and/or body changes and the body naturally resists. So does the mind.

me going into diet or lifestyle changes………..

There’s another application, however, that desires change. We are always on the look out for something new and something diverse. This application allows the body/mind to expand, grow, learn and become more intelligent…….sort of an over-riding function of other functions. The triggers of change will consume your energy whether you are conscious of it or whether or not you asked it to…’s automatic…… I’m listening to my favorite song and the phone rings over it…..I was having a good time sitting…….now I have to get up and go do something…..most likely for someone else…….hence the struggle around change…….This is why we have marketing and why every business has to change it’s look, format and operations so often……and the pace of that change is getting faster by the nano second……

Nothing demonstrates humans’ need for change in sensory experience than the fashion industry…..!
For wearable art……YAY..!!! But for you look good in this….? …..Not so much…..

Our bodies….the massive institution we lug around with our consciousness everywhere we go….it’s not so quick in the change department, our body……’s a strange thing really……..a living bag of goo and bones………with light………!!

We treat ourselves like this, but…
We are ALSO this!!!!

As I watch new trends, just like watching the seasons or the fashions change, I see there is a purpose to change. It truly is a constant……! I also notice there is a pattern….. My studies of the ancient ways of nature has provided a fertile grounding point where I can tap into the immortal eternal motherboard within and around our spinning ball of dirt, air, water and light. We are all swimming in an ocean of intelligence….. WiFi being the perfect example of what we and our own brains can do across the airwaves.

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates

One of the main reasons I enjoy studying the way of nature, or the Dao (also spelled Tao), is it greatly enhances the quality of WONDER…. Like a child, we see the world through new eyes.

Daily I giggle as I realize the ways I’ve turned into my mother….my kids thinking I’m silly and out of it…..I remember those thoughts of my parents. I was right, but so were they. There’s shaky ground in the midst of changing times. One way of being gives way to the next. Many traditions teach us how to cope with change. With the rapidity of change nowadays, the need for re-grounding and remembering our original nature is becoming critical for our health and mental well being. On this site, I will share new information about the science of wellness and the role of spending time in nature plays in keep us well and aging us peacefully and gracefully. Spending time in nature and interacting with it has changed my life, it’s path, my health, my relationships, my career and my aging process.

With the advent of new energy science and quantum physics theory the old world that the ancient’s told of is now being brought to light and into our lives through our massive industrial science laboratories. With new breakthroughs comes challenges and rewards.

Atomic series. Abstract concept of atom and quantum waves illustrated with fractal elements

Even though I studied old school with many wonderful Chinese and American masters, with the changing times, I must move and change with the times. The switch from paper to digital in my acupuncture clinic is ongoing. As an old timer, I fought it……but the ancient ones, they had their times of change…..they left good advice. In one such text, an old school merchant was bemoaning the arrival of a new, bigger, store across the street…….apparently they had Walmart back in ancient China too…..!!! The short end of the story, he had to close his business, but he got a great new job with the new store. Maybe ancient Walmart paid better. Yes….I might go there and lots of other places in these blogs about Dao, life, nature and all…………the world is changing fast…..the old ways are passing………the old ones who knew and mastered the practice are passing too.

Several of my dearest teachers have passed. With the public and peaceful transition time of revered Thich Nhat Hanh , also one of my beloved teachers, I realize that what’s left, is us……Yes. I’m kind of worried about that……I gotta get busy…….It’s inside me…….Time to get it digital……..If the old timer in the ancient days can, I can……!!! As with all major transition times in the universe, learning about it’s nature, it’s dynamic can keep us in the flow….keep us in it’s balance…….it’s harmony………..there is wisdom all around………there is endless wisdom WITHIN……….Connect to it………which means disconnect with the screen………ahhhh, the irony……..Enjoy balance today my friends.

Oh, I’m getting so good I’m doing SEOs and hashtags……laugh now my children…

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