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Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life; ISSN: 2326-277X) is an E-magazine and a network for all healthcare professionals of preventive medicine, practitioners of mind-body exercise (such as meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, and mindfulness), true health seekers, and spiritual cultivators. It promotes philosophy and methods of self-healing, positive mind and health preservation, and shares knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in the subjects and their applications in everyday life.
Yang-Sheng merges traditional life-nurturing knowledge with modern scientific research and clinic evidence, and combines ancient wisdom with our own experience to support our daily practice and well-being, and to reach true meaning of health in body, mind and spirit… Your contribution, participation, sharing and suggestions are truly appreciated.
Highlights of Current Issue of Yang-Sheng (Vol 5, No 1)
[From the Editor 编者的话] Michelle Wood welcomes you to the first issue for 2015 with the theme Harmony with Nature! We welcome your input and share, and call for more contributions from our readers and practitioners.
[Qi Cultivation & Dao 炼气与道] adapted from “Qigong Through The Seasons – How to Stay Healthy all Year Long with Qigong, Meditation, Diet and Herbs” by Dr. Ronald Davis. Spring, as the Wood Phase , is a heady, invigorating, sometimes disturbing season with wild fluctuations of energy surging throughout nature as birth, arousal, and movement. As an infusion of energy, the rising Qi carries benefits as well as the potential for problems. The practice of Spring Qigong centers on using qigong exercises, foods, herbs, and meditation to nourish the Liver.
[Book Review 书评] Eternal Spring by Michael W. Acton, Reviewed by Sal Casano , Ph.D.(Holistic Health), Taijiquan/Qigong Instructor. Michael Acton has written a very insightful and inspiring book. He distills his 30 plus years of qigong and taijiquan experiences into a flowing informative narrative. Utilizing Daoist teachings and concepts the author shows how the practice of qigong and taiji increase one’s ability to live in accordance with a nature filled environment, eating natural foods and practicing harmonious techniques to connect the mind, body and spirit.
[Spirituality of Dao 道之 神] Nurture Life, Discover Who You Are By Christina J Barea, DP, MMQ. Like the flower, we should be who we are, embracing our essence, honoring our roots yet living to our fullest potential; And that, like the flower, when we nurture life, all of it, we allow our true nature to blossom and manifest all the colors of the rainbow. For most of mankind however, this simple instruction is defiantly evasive. So, how do we discover our essence, what does our “fullest potential” look like, and how do we apply the simple wisdom of yangsheng?
[Seasonal Harmony 季节的和谐] Ellasara Kling relates that we can open to the idea that we are not separate from Nature and actualize that awareness in our daily living in ways that are unique to each individual. We can attune ourselves to Seasonality and use this attunement to assist ourselves in attaining and maintaining true health… We can utilize Five Element theory to assist ourselves in harmonizing with the seasons and experiencing the flow within ourselves, as we also see it reflected “outside” ourselves.
[Experience Exchange 经验交流] Marianne Kinzer’s I Have Come To See All Living Beings As Water-beings essay shows the integral connection we humans have in common with each other, other beings and the environment. How can we understand on an experiential level that we humans are part of nature? Read her discoveries on the ways our bodies are built and our landscape shaped as patterns of flow.
[Featured Article 精选文章] A Reflection of Nature by Lilian Kluivers. Following the wisdom of Chinese medicine and Taoïsm, we would say that living in harmony with nature is the best way to take care of our chi, our life energy. But how to live in harmony? How do we read the messages that nature sends us and adapt them to our daily life? Insights from Do-In provide us with a series of simple but accurate stretchings. If you regulate your energy flow like this on a daily basis, this will help you to adapt to nature.
[Daoist Stories 道家故事] Brian Griffith’s Deities of Living Lands and Seas, an excerpt from his book A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization, transports us to an ancient past when most Chinese people felt that wild nature was closer to the sacred. They saw their connection to the land through their devotion to local Nature Deities, mystical goddesses, and Daoist Immortals.
[East West Perspective 东西方之观点] The Virtue of Patient Care by Gary Greer describes how the Daoist root of traditional Chinese medicine has been virtually erased and replaced by Westernized TCM. He illustrates through the verses of the Daodejing that it is time that TCM return to its humble beginnings, and how to do that.
[Research Update 科研动态] Meditation Can Change Your Brain for Better and Longer compiled by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. summary reports on how meditation could slows the aging process, rewires the brain, and how meditation can lead to actual structural changes in the brain! This can be seen in brain imaging research even after a simple 20-minutes meditation.
[A Comedy Moment 开心一刻] Raven Cohen tells a fun little tale of qi cultivation through her trickster persona Huck Twin! Hurry, before Coke or Pepsi buys her out!!!
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