The Internal Elixir

Before we really deep dive into what will be a modernization of Taoist practices, I feel it is essential to touch on the basics of what makes it specific to the style. I won’t go into detail about how “wuji” divides from a primordial chaos into yin and yang. Sifu, Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming has aContinue reading “The Internal Elixir”

Control over Adrenal Response

I was reading an article today about a neuroscientist who took up pilates, to reduce stress responses. His reasoning was based upon a study regarding nodes in the cerebral cortex and how they interact with the internal organs. It’s a good read, and one that supports something I’ve believed for a very long time. “It’sContinue reading “Control over Adrenal Response”

The Lens of Perception

क्षीणवृत्तेरभिजातस्येव मणेर्ग्रहीतृग्रहणग्राह्येषु तत्स्थतदञ्जनतासमापत्तिः॥४१॥ “A tranquil mind is like a crystal—it assumes the color of whatever is in its proximity, be it an object of concentration, the process of concentration, or the pure consciousness that witnesses the inner functioning of the mind.” – Maharishi Patanjali, Yogasutra 1.41 That’s a rather wordy translation, but it’ll do. IfContinue reading “The Lens of Perception”

Epictetus, a Cognitive Pioneer

A slave turned teacher, Epictetus is one of the premier minds of stoicism. Stoics often get very misunderstood, and it has a great deal to do with linguistics. What was once a practical way to evaluate your own actions and morals eventually became a way to simply call someone “emotionless.” I was recently called stoic,Continue reading “Epictetus, a Cognitive Pioneer”