The Arts of Health
Consider the opening lines to Chapter Sixteen to the Tao-te Ching :..
- Returning to the Root
Entering utter emptiness, I guard a deep sense of peace. All the ten-thousand things are created while I watch their rise and fall…
All things flourish, each one returning to its root. Returning to the root they are at peace, this means they return to life; returning to life they are eternal.
This could be seen as philosophical….but it is not purely: as other chapters explain it describes an intimate, personal experience – cultivated through a technique of softening the breathing in and out through the nose and mouth. They had discovered the psycho-somatic effects of deep relaxation, and autonomic self-regulation. Literally they had learn, through deep Yoga, to control (viz.self-control) their own body bio-chemistry – to heal themselves and perpetuate life. No mean feat. My translation of the Tao-te Ching reveals it as a manual on qigong practice, i.e. the regulation of breath, mind and body, as a unity – as one vehicle, for our life.
A Five Finger Plan for Health – diet, exercise, rest and sleep, a social life, a purpose.
The Five Elements
Wood, Metal, Fire, Earth, Water
Babe’s Breathing – Instruction Booklet
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