Thursday, 21 January 2021

Breathing Alive

 Just finished re-reading Breathing Alive - a guide to conscious living by Reshad Feild.

It's a wonderful book of teaching stories to read and absorb. In the appendix he presents a simple breathing method involving the solar plexus and the heart center.

I bought my second hand copy in my local Oxfam bookshop. Inside the front cover a previous owner handwrote a quote by Deng Ming-Dao

" You breathe

   Frosting mountains white

   Exciting trees to verdant flame

   Dancing sparrows on your wing

   Swirling waves into long sighs

   You breathe

   And all things live"

Here's a link to the book from World of Books

Wednesday, 13 January 2021


Transmission passes from master to student without words. This is direct correspondence where the heart of one is passed on to the heart of another without using the medium of words.

Taken from  Tetsuzan: Bujinkan Densho

Friday, 8 January 2021

Thursday, 7 January 2021

How to Plan Your Year Like a Taoist


 Usually you'll come across points for posture as part of Tai Chi instructions such as suspend the headtop, relax the shoulders etc.

One of these is that the teeth should be touching. I was taught that the molar teeth should be touching lightly, don't grind them. This stops you from having a slack jaw.

What were you taught?