July 2011

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Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life) is an E-magazine and a network for all Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and meditation practitioners, 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.

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Highlights of July Issues (Vol 1, No. 6)

[From the Editor] Introduction to the theme of this issue, Positivity and Health, or Happiness, by the guest editor-in-chief and publisher, Kevin W Chen.  This issue is truly a collective effort to further our knowledge and practice in pursuit of happiness for better health and life.

[Featured Article] Becoming Happier through meditation with inner joys by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. — As happiness is a state of mind, we may find out that the pursuit of external sense-pleasure or happiness does not produce long-lasting satisfaction, while pursuit of inner happiness through meditation may be more productive and rewarding.

[Featured Articles] Positive Stress Management and Gratitude by Chris G’Froerer – our Australian veteran stress therapist introduces a different strategy or method in managing stress with positive scanning, gratitude, appreciating it as an opportunity in life and exercises…

[Mind Body Research Update] — ● Neurofeedback-enhanced gamma brainwaves from the prefrontal cortical region of meditators and non-meditators and associated subjective experiences. ● Mind-body interventions during pregnancy for preventing or treating women’s anxiety   ● A randomized, controlled trial of meditation for work stress, anxiety and depressed mood in full-time workers  ● Meditation and the brain: attention, control and emotion ● Dispositional Mindfulness, Meditation, and Conditional Goal Setting  ● The scientific study of happiness and health promotion: an integrative literature review. ● Is sex just fun? How sexual activity improves health ● Positive affect and psychobiological processes relevant to health  ● Positive psychological well-being and mortality: a quantitative review of prospective observational studies; ● Activation of the anterior prefrontal cortex and serotonergic system is associated with improvements in mood and EEG changes induced by Zen meditation practice in novices. ● Detection of nighttime melatonin level in Chinese Original Quiet Sitting

[Method of Self-Healing] Laughter Therapy by Kathy Chan – Introduction to the act of consciously practicing laughter for therapeutic purposes, such as to reduce stress, relieve pain, relax the muscles, increase oxygen intake, increase the heart rate, stimulate the circulatory system, make you feel good, plus many other positive effects.

yang sheng[From the Master] Taiji & Science: There is no Jin (part 1) by Master Chun Man Sit – Many talk about the mysterious jin 劲, or nei jin 内劲; all taiji masters seem to have this jin, or so they claim. However, master Sit thinks it is the non-Jin practice that makes the difference in Taiji and other mind-body exercises.

[Scientific Qi Exploration] Part 15a : Psychological Effects of Qigong by Marty Eisen, Ph.D. — a continuation of the series started in 2008, Dr. Eisen explores the effects of Qigong practice on behaviors and intelligence.

[Proverbs of Yang Sheng] A selected Chinese proverbs on Positivity and Health

[Positivity Blog] 10 practical ways to live a happier life today by Henrick Edberg – Some little things in everyday life can make you feel more positive and happier as long as you keep doing them.

[Illuminating the Dao] Happiness creates health by Michelle Wood —  Instead of focusing on stress or worry and avoidance of death, we can easily turn our attention to freedom, fun and happiness, which reduces the levels of stress hormones and increases the body chemicals that support regeneration of all the elements and components of your physical self.

[Experience Exchange] Increase Happiness with Taiji and Qigong by Jeff Simonton – Taiji and Qigong practice strengthens our ability to adapt and to live a generally happy and stress-free life.

[A Comedy Moment] I am Thankful for….

[Energy Healing through Science & Spirit] Qi Energy and Happiness by Sifu Cindy Cicero — What’s so perfect about the pursuit of happiness?  It’s the personal choice to live positive and happy, and to go through the moments of your life the way you want to feel that makes a difference in your daily life and energy healing.

sex the great healer[Healing through Pleasure] Brief History of Sex as Medicine in China by Dr. Felice Dunas – Chinese medicine may be the first medical system that applied sexual activities, not just for reproduction or pleasure, but for the purpose of health, healing, and slowing down the aging process.

Inspirations – Life is the Coffee; The Optimist’s Creed Life is the coffee, while the jobs, houses, cars, money and desirable position are just the cups, which does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.  God brews the coffee, not the cups . . . enjoy your coffee.

[TCM Food Therapy] Food Therapy for Anxiety and Panic disorder by Dr. Helen Hu — Tangerine peel rice congee, Celery and Jujube (Sour) Seed congee, CTG Tea, Bo Zi Ren congee, Go Ji berry congee, Black bean and wheat tea, Ginger Date soup, Poor man ginseng chicken… for different types of anxiety, these recipes can be therapeutic.

poetry[Echoes of Emptiness] Happiness by Jacob NewellOur Dao Shi reminds us, if we approach meditation as the means to achieve happiness, we’re moving in the wrong direction, since Zhuangzi describes happiness as “the absence of searching for happiness”.  A true Daoist perspective worth considering.

[The TaiJi Examiner] A simple Taiji routine eases arthritis pain by Violet Li – A true story of 84-year old Norman Seligman in St. Louis County, Missouri, who applied a simple taiji practice to obtain a better health, and now started teaching the ancient health exercise…

[Soul Salon] Courage: getting your fear in gear by Rena Reese —  The role of courage in the relationship of love, truth and power; silencing our fears doesn’t happen by reviewing and analyzing them, but rather best done through small acts of courage in support of the outcomes we desire.

[Food as Medicine] Seasonal Harmony by Ellasara Kling –  Lotus Root Stir Fry, Basic Marinade for Vegetables for grilling/broiling, eggplant squares, … More mouth watering recipes for the later summer months! Plus a number of useful tips for a healthy living.

[Tales from the Dao] “Crazy” Tuanmu Shu (from the Lieh Tzu) by Solala Towler – The story of how a rich man lived his life the way he really enjoyed though he did not leave anything for his children…

[Book Review] The Chi Revolution by Bruce Frantzis  — reviewed by Sal Casano, Ph.D.


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