I had no idea that there was a series called Chicagoland on television. Here’s the review by Richard Roeper. It’s had some pretty lukewarm reviews apparently, but I’d like to check it out.
KUNG FU by David Henry Hwang
Actually, it should be aptly named “BRUCE LEE: THE MUSICAL” as it’s a blend of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, dance, and Peking Opera (one of my favorite performance arts).
I think this is pretty rad, to be honest.
I’ve never seen a Tai Chi form this beautiful in a tournament setting. Or ever.
I’d like to know what style of Tai Chi this is, because it seems to be a blend of the different styles of Tai Chi mixed with contemporary Wushu. In any case, this has given me a new realm of ideas for my own personal Tai Chi / Wushu / Qigong exercises.
I can’t get over her how no matter how slow or explosive her movements were, she still remained “connected.” And her leg strength and sense of inner peace… wow. Everything. Okay I’ll stop.
Wolverine totally photobombed a perfectly good Herbal Remedies department photo. Go back to the Acupuncture department, bro.
My clinic humor is dorky. I know :(
This is absolutely amazing.
"See, there’s math everywhere." ~ Pi (1998)
Not sure if you meant this as a question to be answered publicly or not. It’s a very tough question to answer. Normally, I don’t feel much different. My knees or back might need to be stretched. And my mind is maybe a little gentler. But much of zazen is letting go of attachment to thinking and judging. So if I’m lucky, that will carry over and I don’t think about it much. Only notice my mind’s processes once I’ve realized that I’ve come out of non-thinking. Non-thinking being different than not-thinking. Like instead of the normal process where you suddenly realize you’re daydreaming, the opposite occurs. You suddenly realize you weren’t thinking. Which can be a little frustrating. Because you think, “Hey! I’m not thinking! Whoops. That’s a thought. Now I’m thinking. But a minute ago, I wasn’t thinking! I think.”
Sometimes if I”m in a deep state of concentrated absorption while sitting, the first thing I notice is that I didn’t experience the passage of time. Two weeks ago I filled in for the jikido or timekeeper role when the guy assigned that role was out. And I had to ring the bell at the end of a sitting period. As I hit the bell with the stick, I had the very clear experience that the bell was ringing me. That initially there was only sound. And the sense of me being me - the person who rang the bell - was created from thinking about the experience of the sound. So there was no me during the sound until I attempted to analyze the experience, at which point, there was a witnessing of the formation of an idea of me being a person separate from the bell sound who was hearing it, which then led to a feeling of the sense of me as a separate person. But the language doesn’t capture the experience. There was a witnessing, but no one who witnessed it. I say “there was only sound.” But in language, there can only be sound if there is something that is not sound against which to compare the sound. And in that experience, there wasn’t that other thing. It was more like the entire universe was manifesting itself as sound.
When i was on my zen retreat this past summer and meditating for 14 hours a day, I had a very clear experience that everything was devoid of any substance. It wasn’t that there was nothing. Just that nothing or not nothing ceased to be. That what I normally think of as everything was just one and the same thing that was both me and not me. And it felt extremely blissful and peaceful beyond all description.
But that’s not the day to day type of thing. The effects of zazen are mostly unnoticed consciously. Except for moments here and there throughout the day when you realize that you’ve come out of a state of non-thinking. Gradually these moments pile up in your memory. And from those experiences you develop your faith in zen sitting and “what it means”. But the inquiry into what it actually is, is endless. Dogen described it by saying “To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things. When actualized by the myriad things, your body and mind, as well as the body and minds of others, drops away. No trace of this realization remains and this no-trace continues endlessly.”
I can’t really explain it better than that.
Excellent insight! Thanks, man.
Kosta Danaos is an engineer and scientist who is also a student of Qigong of the Mo Pai tradition. In his book “Nei Kung, The Secret Teachings Of Warrior Sages” he gives interesting insight on Yin-Yang theory from both a Taoist and Modern Scientist’s point of view - a point of view that I’ve been cultivating as well in my own studies of Qigong/Medicine/Taoism.
Here it is:
There are two principal forces that make up our Universe - the Chinese call them Yin and Yang. These two energies oppose each other continuously, locked in eternal combat. The Yin is the primal chaos that existed before our own space-time was created. It is beyond form and function, incomprehensible to us and yet an essential part of our being. Gravity, for example, is part of the Yin field, as are black holes, as are our very souls. Yin is vibration, the interstellar cold of outer space; it is winter and night, sleep and water. And yet sleep and water are a necessary part of life; without them, we die.