February Foods Worthy of Celebration

What Do Beans, Bananas, and Pancakes Have In Common?

Celebrate Beans, Avocados, Bananas, Pancakes, and More This February

Celebrate Beans, Avocados, Bananas, Pancakes, and More This February
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Do you love food? So do I. Do you love to celebrate? Yeah. me too! What do you get when you put the two together? Food Celebrations!! And that’s exactly what we have each and every month. February is ripe with some pretty tasty ones.

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Living The Tai Chi Lifestyle

What It Means And Why It Matters

A Tai Chi Lifestyle benefits the whole family

A Tai Chi Lifestyle benefits the whole family

What does it mean to be living the Tai Chi Lifestyle? What do I need to sacrifice to live this lifestyle? Why does it matter if I do and why should I even care?

All questions that you should ask, and questions that deserve an answer.

Last time I introduced the Tai Chi Lifestyle. This time we’ll dig a little deeper into it’s meaning and why it matters.

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What Is The Point Of Meditation?

Meditation For A Healthy Mind

Meditation for focus and health

What is the point of meditating?

“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Meditation, as simplistic as the action  is, can be difficult for some people to understand. Their heads are filled with questions and misconceptions, and this creates an aura of mystery that seems impenetrable. Yet, if you take the time to learn more about meditation and it’s benefits, the point of meditation will become clear.

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The Tai Chi Lifestyle: An Introduction

A Grand Ultimate Life With The Tai Chi Lifestyle

Live A Grand Ultimate Life with The Tai Chi Lifestyle

Live life with inner strength, inner peace, and happiness – The Tai Chi Lifestyle

As a Martial Arts instructor specializing in Tai Chi Chuan, I’m constantly telling my students that the ultimate goal of Tai Chi training is to be able to take what we learn in the kwoon (Training Studio) and take it outside into our everyday life. Although no one says this out loud, I’m sure they have lots of questions such as:

  • How do we accomplish this?
  • Why should we do this?
  • What does this even mean?
  • Why should I care?

I’m sure new students are just too polite to ask me, and more experienced students eventually “get it” after they had their own “a-ha” moments. I’ve been thinking about this recently and I’ve come to the realization that these questions do need to be answered and the ideas discussed.

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Tai Chi … Not Just For Seniors

Tai Chi Misconception #1

Tai Chi is not just for Senior Citizens

Tai Chi is not just for Senior Citizens

One of the biggest misconceptions about Tai Chi, is that it is only practiced by old people in the park.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

It is true that the forms, postures, and techniques that we learn in Tai Chi have many benefits that make it an ideal fitness regiment for Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens looking for a gentle fitness program, have limited mobility, or want to maintain an active lifestyle to keep feeling young and fit.

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Be Mindful

 

Be Mindful. Live in the now.

Be Mindful. Live in the now.

Ways to be mindful

Be mindful of your actions.
Be mindful of your distractions.
Be mindful of your thoughts.
Be mindful of your steps.
Be mindful of your words, all your words.
Be mindful of what you eat.
Be mindful of how you eat.
Be mindful of where you eat.
Be mindful of what you drink.
Be mindful of what your children say.
Be mindful of what you say to children.
Be mindful of what you watch on TV.
Be mindful of who you spend time with.
Be mindful of your time alone.
Be mindful of your emotions.
Be mindful of others’ emotions.
Be mindful of your facial expressions.
Be mindful of your body language.
Be mindful of what you listen to.
Be mindful of who you listen to.
Be mindful …

How else can we be mindful? Share your thoughts below.

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Resolve Now to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever

 Happy 2013!

What are your goals for 2013?

What are your goals for 2013?

I hope 2012 turned out better than you expected. If it hasn’t, you have within your grasp the power to change that for 2013. Resolve now to make 2013 your best year ever.

And why not? No one says you can’t! All you need are some goals (what you want), some actions (what you need to do to achieve it), and some good old fashioned perseverance (now do it)! OK, maybe a little know-how might be needed as well.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if you’re not actively pursuing a goal, then you’ll be doing something that may or may not be good for you. You need not make it overly complicated or even all that detailed. But, you do have to do two very important steps.

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The Top 8 Tips and Tricks to Keep Stress from Ruining your Holidays

How To Handle Stress and Really Enjoy Your Holidays

The Top 8 Tips and Tricks to Keep Stress from Ruining Your Holidays

Don’t Get Stressed During The Holidays

The time between Halloween and New Years can be very stressful for some people. Whether you celebrate All Saints Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus, or any holiday that is celebrated in the Fall or Winter, stress can be a problem.

What can we do? There’s shopping to be done, places to go, parties to attend, cookies to bake, presents to wrap, carols to be sung, halls to be decked, and wassail to be drunk.

But, that doesn’t mean that stress can intrude on your fun and merriment. Here are 8 easy tips and tricks you can use to keep stress from ruining your holidays:

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Monkey Mind: Cancer Frakking Sucks!

How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Breast Cancer Awareness and Love the Avon Walk

Cancer Frakking Sucks! But, what about Breast Cancer Awareness?

For Val! Photo Credit: Maricris G.

The “Bird Loop” ringtone started to play on my cell phone at a low volume. Over the next few minutes, the “Bird Loop” slowly got louder until it gently woke me from my slumber.

4:05 AM!

Too early.

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The Tai Chi Approach to the Cold and Flu Season

Recover Faster From the Common Cold with These Simple Tips

Recover Faster From the Common Cold with These Simple Tips

Tissues, Tea, and Tai Chi: Relief From The Common Cold?
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It never fails. The weather turns cooler and you start to sniffle and before you know it, your nose is redder than Rudolph’s on Christmas Eve and you’re you’re tearing through boxes of tissues faster than you can sneeze!

When I was a kid, I used to get 2-3 severe colds every year. Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring, it didn’t matter. These colds wouldn’t last just a week. Oh no. They would last 2-3 weeks at a time. Imagine spending up to 20% of the year with a sore, red nose, stuffy sinuses, scratchy throat, and having to be within arms reach of a tissue box at all times. Not fun at all.

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