Monday, December 7, 2015

The unexamined life is not worth living

"The unexamined life is not worth living.”
—Socrates, during his trial for heresy in Athens, 399 BC
Socrates was in trouble. He had been encouraging the youth to enquire and ask questions, thus challenging the political and religious status quo. He was not teaching people what to think, but for teaching them how to think. The price for his philosophical endeavours was the choice between exile or a fatal dose of hemlock. He defended himself at his trial but to no avail, in the end accepting the hemlock.
Socrates symbolises the great spirit of enquiry, a search for authenticity as well as a resolute defiance in the face of state-sanctioned bullying and forces that kept people shackled in unquestioned limiting beliefs. In Ancient Greece, as with most states and political milieus since that time, the agenda was the teaching of 'what to think' and ‘what to believe’, the tenets of which, if accepted, led to a form of collective sleep.
So what is the meaning of an examined life? If it is the examining of a life subject to intellectual enquiry and analysis, we would be reducing ourselves to just the thinking function of mind, and in doing this our examining would only be partial. As important as our ability to think is – and the knowing of how to think as Socrates championed – even more important is the knowing of who we are, and in this knowing, understanding how we are limited by the mind.

 ©  Andy Green 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Classes - 2016

 Sifu Andy Green demonstrates the Beijing 24 Yang style above

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Chi Exercises for Illness Prevention

CHI BATHING... by Kavisha

 This is an exercise taught to me by Andy .
When you are feeling under par or not well, try Qi (chi) bathing. Chi means energy. Where ever you are, (you can be sitting or lying down ): conciously let the universal Qi into the top of your head from the sky and the bottom of your feet from the earth  and let it circulate round the body.You can also heighten this sensation by curling the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth while the Qi circulates. Imagine this positive energy that is available freely from the universe to be pouring into you and healing you and bathing you. 

If you have a painful area bring your conciousness deeply into that spot.It also works with emotional pain.Think of your problem then feel where  it is in your may notice a tightening in the throat or your heart area or stomach...You can send a shot of consciousness to this area and deeply let yourself feel the pain without commenting mentally and notice what happens when you bring conciousness to that place. How to do it ?  Breathe deeply and bring your attention and  loving healing intention to that place in the body.Thich Na Hanh ,the buddhist monk says you can say to your body part that is playing up  "I love you and Thankyou! "then  you may notice the feeling there....again without comment..just notice what happens when you bring conciousness to the situation.

I found this cute picture below that seems to explain it all just  purr-fectly!:))) Lie back and enjoy! 
Give yourself a little self care and love!Learn from the cats we know and love!
You can also do this practise whether you're on a bus, or  standing in a queue waiting...or even at a boring meeting in the office ! No one will ever know!:) ALSO...

I have added a link to a You tube of the
 Qi Gong practise for Immune Boosting .i found recently here it is ...enjoy!Its very good if you want to ward off any sickness or even better as an everyday practise.

You can also do the powerful and effective practice of  Immune boosting qi gong..

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Christmas and New Year 2016!

"Sitting quietly doing nothing

Spring comes and the grass grows by itself "....Basho

 Happy New Year everyone!

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A little about Lao Tzu founder of Daoism

                        “A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu was  a philosopher and poet said to live in the 6th century BC in China . He was the founder of Daoism . Tai Chi is said to be the pure expression of Daoism in physical form . He is also known as Laozi and Purple Mist.

There are many stories about him .One of them says that Lao Tzu grew weary of the moral decay of life in Chengzou and noted the kingdom's decline. He was tired of being a court administrator so he left heading west on an ox to live as a hermit in the unsettled frontier at the age of 160.
At the western gate of the city, he was recognized by Yinxi the guard .

 The sentry begged the old master to record his wisdom for the good of the country before he would be permitted to pass. Lao Tzu told him that it would be impossible to write what he knew but Yinxi insisted. So Lao Tzu surrendered to the guard and wrote down his wisdom and was set free.What he wrote was said to be the Tao Te Ching. It is said that the sentry was so touched by the work that he abandoned his post becoming a disciple. He left with Lao Tzu, never to be seen again....


Old Lao Tzu was tired
 of men and thier worldly ways
" Goodbye , goodbye to king and court
I must be on my way"

 The Purple Mist heads west my friends
the Purple Mist heads west
out to the gates of Tibet my friends
The Purple Mist heads west

On his ox he travelled
through forests and through towns
Through this world of sorrows
flat plains and mountain clouds

At the western pass he met a guard
who begged him not to go
"If I was to let you go ,
you must write down what you know"

"What I know cannot be said
It's like catching water with your fist.
But I will write it down tonight .
 For you I will take the risk!

The Purple Mist heads west my friends
The Purple Mist heads west
Out to the gates of Tibet my friends
The Purple Mist heads west

© Kavisha Mazzella/Peermusic 2015

To follow the Tao or Way of all things and realize their true nature
is to embody humility, spontaneity, and generosity!