--Tao Te Ching
Vitality—everyone wants it! Vitality is a radiant word with a broad spectrum of meanings. If we have vitality, we have the energy we need to do our work and enjoy our play. We have strength to fight off germs, stand up for ourselves, and face up to what life presents to us. We have resilience to bounce back when things don’t go the way we’d hoped, or when we experience the loss of a job, or a loved one, or a treasured possession. We have flexibility and the capacity to respond adaptively, effectively and appropriately to changes in our environment, relationships, or physical capacities. We have reserves to carry us through the barren times when the money, or the emotional support, or what gives our life meaning is hard to come by. We have health as we age, and basic trust in life.
HAPPINESS: is an inside job
“The purpose of life is happiness”
Happiness is a taboo topic. Even though we frequently wish others happiness, most of us are ambivalent about it. On the one hand, we want to be happy, but usually link it to a future change of state. We think we will be happy when we make the right amount of money, meet the right person, get promoted, pay off our debts, get well, complete our education, or the children grow up-- and so the list goes on. On the other hand, even admitting that we want to be happy makes us feel guilty. Our cultural work ethic looks down on the desire for happiness as superficial and selfish.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR ORGANS: Improving your health with Tai Chi
ONE STEP AT A TIME: Improving Balance and Preventing Falls with Tai Chi and Qigong
“The Sage breathes from her heels…”
Tao Te Ching,
Have you ever worried about someone you love or yourself losing your balance and falling? Then you are not alone! Whatever your age, falling can have serious consequences, but especially if you are age 65 or older, the consequences of falling can actually be fatal or at least life threatening. In 2009, 18,000 older adults died from injuries received from falls, and 2.2 million were treated for nonfatal fall injuries in emergency departments.
THE INNER SMILE
Ancient Tai Chi Meditation Practice To Improve Your Heart Health
“A Happy Heart is Good Medicine”
What can we do to make our hearts healthier? When asked this question, most people will think in terms of adopting a heart healthy diet, beginning an aerobic exercise program, losing weight, or perhaps taking supplements or medications. BUT…how can smiling possibly make my heart healthier?