August 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.

Highlights of Some Recent Posts

[From the Editor] Introduction to the theme of current issue, Positivity and Health, or Happiness. Due to recent change in editor-in-chief and other editorial considerations, we decide not to publish a new issue in August, instead, we are publishing some of previous articles in our archives of Qi Dao, many of which are still new to most readers since these articles have never been published online….

[Featured Article] Choosing To Be Happy: 7 Steps to Becoming a Happier Person By Tom Valeo Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder…

[Featured]  Introduction to the English Version of Chinese Medical Qigong textbook by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. —  Chinese Medical Qigong is the first English translation of the only official textbook of medical Qigong, 中医气功学, used in colleges and universities in China.  Combining the traditional therapies of Qigong with the most recent outcomes of modern scientific research, this book provides an authoritative introduction to the knowledge system and contents of Qigong study in Chinese medicine.

[From the master] Overview of the Best Practices in Taiji by Dr. Yang Yang — If you study something—anything—in an efficient way, you can learn it in a fraction of the time. (Chinese Proverb, literally says, “half the work, double the result”). Dr. Yang explores the most efficient way or practice that allow one to realize the maximum possible results in the shortest amount of time…

yang sheng[From the Master] The Level of Shen in Taijiquan By Chun Man Sit — Shen (Spirit) is the highest level in the art of Taijiquan. But one needs not wait for another 20 years to start traveling on this path. All Taiji practitioners who are sincere and have a solid foundation can begin this training anytime if they wish to do so.

[From the Doctor] Managing chemotherapy side-effects with Taiji Quan (TJQ) and related complementary mind-body therapies (MBT): an aperçu. By Claude Fournier, MD. — An overview on how to apply Taiji Quan and related MBT in managing the side-effects of chemotherapy, and become the master of your own health.

[Pursuit of Happiness] Introduction to the Key Happiness Researchers — To understand the science of pursuing happiness, or explore how to become happier with research data, you can start with these key players in the field of positive psychology….

[From the Master] Mind Matters: Role of Intent in Healing, by Master Ken Cohen — You cannot open a Chinese Qigong book without finding an entire chapter on yi, intent. One of the sayings I learned when I was studying Qigong with a Chinese instructor was yong yi ling qi, “use the mind-intent to direct the qi, the healing energy.”  Another common expression is yi dao, qi dao “when the intent arrives, the qi arrives.”

[Scientific Qi Exploration] Part 9a & 9b: Qigong and Nervous System by Marty Eisen, Ph.D. — a continuation of the series started in 2008, Dr. Eisen explores the effects of Qigong practice on Nervous System, especially the Qigong effects on Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) with some updated research data…. .

[Method of Self Healing] Owning Your Power by Martin Brofman, Ph.D. — A survival of terminal cancer through self-healing, Dr. Brofman, author of Anything Can Be Healed, shares his view on how to own your own power through daily mind-body practice and attitude changes.  Your own power is real, is who you really are, and is really about owning your freedom.

[Method of Self Healing} Your Body Is a Mirror of Your Life by Martin Brofman, Ph.D — Everything begins with your consciousness. Everything that happens in your life, and everything that happens in your body, begins with something happening in your consciousness. Your consciousness is who you are, your experience of Being…

[Positivity Blog] Simple Secrets of How to Be Happy By Darshan Goswami Being happy is really a choice we make. The secret of Happiness is simple, very simple – what is it?  You decide if you want to be happy! Money cannot buy happiness, there are some simple techniques your can use to bring happiness in you life…

[East-West Perspectives] The Qigong Institute Commentary on “Mind-Body and Relaxation Research Focus” collection by Tom Rogers

[Cultivating the Mind] Be Thankful and Be Happy by Lei Zhong and Kathy Chan — Happiness is a matter of our own choice in life.  Being thankful to everything helps to build up our confidence and faith in life, and find meanings and reasons for living. It is the true state of mind for happiness in life and brings us inner peace.

[Qi-Cultivation and Dao] The Essential Work of Being One’s Self, by Jill Gonet and Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD– From the perspective of Qi-cultivation, an education system should not only focus on intensive intellectual training, but, equally importantly, it should focus on energetic and intuitive training.  In other words, it should not only focus on knowledge from the outside, but also focus on the intelligence and wisdom within.

[Illuminating the Dao] Spirit-Mind Unity, Harmony and Wellness By Michelle Wood — by examining Dao-de-jing verse 14, Michelle finds the way to help with the consciousness allowing harmony reuniting, and reaching real sense of health and well-being…

[Illuminating the Dao] The Miracle of Doing Nothing By Michelle Wood — Explore the power and implications of famous Daoist saying “everything is done without doing”…

[Proverb of Yang Sheng] Nurturing Life and Cultivating Mind, by Tina Zhang — To nurture one’s life and health, is mainly accomplished by cultivating one’s mind. If the mind is calm and clear, the spirit is in a pure and healthy world, if the spirit is in a healthy world, how can the illness enter you?

[A Comedy Moment] The Seven wonders of the World.… and Interesting Pumper Stickers

[Methods to Improve Meditation] Observing-ImageryAn Ancient Meditation Technique by Kevin W Chen. Observing-imagery (Guan Xiang 观想) refers to the psychological maneuvering process of keeping the mind on the imaginary objects, and sometimes, even making change of that imaginary object.  Dr. Chen shares some insight of how to master the technique of observing-imagery in your meditation and qigong healing practice.

[Eastern-Western Perspective] China‘s Ancient Solution to the Contemporary Crisis in Medicine by Roger Jahnke, OMD — Dr. Jahnke pointed out, in China, health self-reliance and self-care (typically in the form of Qigong and Taiji) are prominent aspects of the national health care system, which promote general well-being before people get sickness….Health promotion and wellness programs are now more common in the West, and we can learn a lot from traditional Chinese Yang Sheng culture….

Good Karma — Lessen for Lifesome inspirational quotes or kerma that may help us to illuminate the Dao.

[Qigong for Seniors] Living Better, Living Longer, Living Happier By Cindy A. Borgonzi — It’s my belief that all education and exercise needs to be fun and uplifting, because all the good energy stays with us all day and boots our outlook on life.  As the teacher for a class called Fit for Life Gold at local senior center, Cindy focus on keeping seniors well through physical and mental activities that generate more overall fitness and happiness. lifetime of good chi and good health.

[Power of the Mind] The Secret for Developing Extra Sensory Perception (ESP), by Ken Andes — Dr. Andes shares some techniques of mind-body exercises that may help us developing ESP.  These simple techniques have been used as the tool for ancient Chinese to recognize the world that they could not physically reach…

poetry[Echoes of Emptiness] Unknowing by Jacob NewellWhen we are born, nature gives us the wonderful gift of unknowing.  But human beings tend to overlook the value of this gift and treat it as an affliction.  And so we try every which way to avoid it or transform it.  Yet no matter how much knowledge we accumulate, our basic unknowing always remains….

[The TaiJi Examiner] A Magical Qigong Moment with Master Zhang Xue Xin, by Violet Li — the personal development story of master Zhang Xue Xin, and his students and taiji legend.

[Dao Practice] The 4 Daoist Secrets to Doing Less and Getting More Done by Lori Jewett — Everyone wants to do less but get more done.  Lori shares 4 Daoist secrets to achieve that: cultivating inner quiet, live the moment, you can not save time… and follow the flow.

[Soul Salon] Spiritual Energy: Your Renewable Source, by Rena Reese –Each of us is linked to the entire universe, all of nature even beyond what the eye sees, including something we call spiritual energy.  Your energy, as well as your physical and spiritual well being, affects everything around you.   You are part of the collective consciousness that is humanity.  Your high-vibration life benefits all of us. 

[Food as Medicine] Later Summer Food As Medicine By Ellasara Kling– Carrot Soup,  Broiled Pineapple with Mango Sauce, and Corn & Snow Fungus… More mouth watering recipes for the later summer months! Plus a number of useful tips for a healthy living.


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