Life Under a Purple Cloud

Healing the Eastern Way

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Just and update on last weekend’s Wushu/Tai Chi Chuan performance competition, I earned 1st Place on all three categories! Tai Chi Chuan empty hand form, Tai Chi Chuan sword form, and Traditional Wushu short weapons form (Wudang sword). All of them in beginner’s levels.
It was really exciting, and I was encouraged to compete in the intermediate skill levels next year! 
And to be completely honest, I wasn’t really looking to earn any medals or win anything. The beauty of individual performance competitions is that you’re completely free to believe that the only person you’re competing against is yourself… or your “self.” So my secret to training is actually meditation and Qigong. 
Apparently, the flow of my movements were so smooth and serene that someone even asked me if I was a monk LOL! I actually am, just not in the way he thought I was. I’m a Longmen Pai monk, not a Wudang warrior monk :) 

Just and update on last weekend’s Wushu/Tai Chi Chuan performance competition, I earned 1st Place on all three categories! Tai Chi Chuan empty hand form, Tai Chi Chuan sword form, and Traditional Wushu short weapons form (Wudang sword). All of them in beginner’s levels.

It was really exciting, and I was encouraged to compete in the intermediate skill levels next year! 

And to be completely honest, I wasn’t really looking to earn any medals or win anything. The beauty of individual performance competitions is that you’re completely free to believe that the only person you’re competing against is yourself… or your “self.” So my secret to training is actually meditation and Qigong. 

Apparently, the flow of my movements were so smooth and serene that someone even asked me if I was a monk LOL! I actually am, just not in the way he thought I was. I’m a Longmen Pai monk, not a Wudang warrior monk :) 

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Journey into the Void

For those of you interested in my posts about Taoism, I started a separate blog for it on Wordpress. I’ve reconnected with my teacher, and am once again on the path to Taoist Priesthood. 
So the new blog is my practice journal.
On there, you’ll get my honest to goodness views on Taoism and “spirituality” in general, how I started on that path, and how it’s evolving throughout my daily life. 
I promise, it’s not cheesy or preachy. I hate that cheesy and preachy. I’m not trying to convert anyone to anything. I just love talking about the point of view of life that I enjoy the most.

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Acupuncture for Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation

One of the most common questions that I get is if acupuncture can help someone lose unwanted weight or to stop smoking. To be honest, I really don’t like answering that question only because people don’t really like my answer.

In short… yes and no. If your question actually is whether or not it can help you lose weight or quit smoking then yes, it can help. However, that’s usually not what many people are asking. Many people are asking whether acupuncture can lose weight or stop smoking for them. And the answer is a big fat no.

The bottom line is that the goal of acupuncture is to assist the body in reaching its homeostasis. Whether it’s to increase blood flow where it’s lacking, inhibit certain neurotransmitters or hormones, block pain receptors, etc…. acupuncture is not going to stop you from picking up that Big Mac or Newport.

However, what it can do is balance out your system and create an environment in order to readily invite whatever changes that you want to make in your life. For example, I utilize acupuncture to help relax your body and flush out all those stress toxins that are circulating in your system thereby reducing your cravings for cigarettes or certain types of food. I can also teach you how to meditate in order to relax your mind and reinforce a healthy lifestyle change. In summary, I can assist you to want to make good lifestyle decisions, but acupuncture isn’t going to make those decisions for you.

This is why I don’t advertise acupuncture for smoking cessation or weight loss. Those things involve mostly patient compliance. If I advertise that acupuncture works for those things, and the patient does nothing to change their own lifestyle, then the end result is “acupuncture sucks and doesn’t work.” Acupuncture can help you some of the way, but the patient has to do the rest of the work on their own in the form of improved lifestyle changes and discipline.

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Here’s my little video for ALS Awareness :)

Please excuse my horrible presentation I am awful on camera!

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My baby girl Alee is incredibly (and vocally) fascinated with the colors of the trees outside. It’s cute, but considering that all you see on the news are grown ass adults doing things violently wrong all the time, then she isn’t just cute, she’s right. Those trees are the absolute most awesomest things ever.

My baby girl Alee is incredibly (and vocally) fascinated with the colors of the trees outside. It’s cute, but considering that all you see on the news are grown ass adults doing things violently wrong all the time, then she isn’t just cute, she’s right. Those trees are the absolute most awesomest things ever.

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New scientific breakthrough proves why acupuncture works

This is incredible.

I’ve been doing a lot of personal research to explain how acupuncture works within the frame of modern physiology (and even biophysics), and this article takes all my findings and expands upon them enormously.

I am so elated that I’m speechless!

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Had my first workout with these guys since last year, and felt great. It was good to know that I still had my form and flexibility, and was still in shape. Actually, because I had been doing more core and leg workouts, my stances were actually better, but I still need practice performing on a foam mat because the give actually messes up my balance. 
I can’t say this enough, Wushu is such a great all around workout, enhancing your power, agility, and flexibility, like doing yoga at 100mph.
If you’re in Chicago and have always wondered about practicing Contemporary Wushu, check out my school: http://www.extremekungfu.com/
Our coach, Tony Marquez, is amazing, and if you remember the Mortal Kombat arcade game, he was “Kung Lao.”
They not only teach Wushu, but also Tai Chi, Muay Thai, and MMA.
I’ll be competing in the forms competition in less than a month, wish me luck!

Had my first workout with these guys since last year, and felt great. It was good to know that I still had my form and flexibility, and was still in shape. Actually, because I had been doing more core and leg workouts, my stances were actually better, but I still need practice performing on a foam mat because the give actually messes up my balance. 

I can’t say this enough, Wushu is such a great all around workout, enhancing your power, agility, and flexibility, like doing yoga at 100mph.

If you’re in Chicago and have always wondered about practicing Contemporary Wushu, check out my school: http://www.extremekungfu.com/

Our coach, Tony Marquez, is amazing, and if you remember the Mortal Kombat arcade game, he was “Kung Lao.”

They not only teach Wushu, but also Tai Chi, Muay Thai, and MMA.

I’ll be competing in the forms competition in less than a month, wish me luck!

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