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Mark Westmoquette
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What is qi / ki?
I've just finished reading this book: " The Spark In The Machine " by Dr Daniel Keown. Its a fantastic book about the connections between the science of Acupuncture and the mysteries of Western medicine. Totally recommended! As you might imagine, in the boo...
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A person of great strength does not lift his legs
Zen Master Shogen said "A person of great strength does not lift his legs." The first time I read this I thought it said "does not lift his leg" – well of course! How uncouth, lifting your leg like a dog... Needless to say, this koan is not talking about pe...
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Painful shoulder
When I woke up on Sunday morning, my right shoulder felt stiff. By lunchtime it was painful, and by the evening it was excruciating. On Tuesday the pain hadn't gone so I went to see the doctor – she said I should rest until it calmed down. On Wednesday morn...
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The pelvic floor in detail
In this article I'm going to turn my attention to an area of the body I've been trying to develop more of an awareness of for quite some years – the pelvic floor (which I have written about before ). The pelvic floor is a multi-layered sheet of muscle and f...
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The Buddha's enlightenment
I'd like to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Axial age It's around 500 B.C.E.. The Persian king Cyrus was preparing to invade Babylon . Pythagoras was alive and Greece’s experiment with democracy was flourishing. The great philosopher Confuciu...
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Having a conversation with my deep tissue
Over the last few months I've been going to a guy called Giovanni Felicioni to be Rolfed . Rolfing Structural Integration originates from an American Woman called Ida Rolf who died in 1979, and is all about integrating human structure and
function in the f...
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From a clockwork universe to the uncertainty of quantum mechanics
Before the turn of the 20th century, most people (physicists included) thought the universe ran like a clockwork machine. If you could measure the properties of the universe accurately enough, you could predict how it was to behave in the future. It was, in...
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We're all made from stardust
We're all made from the same 96 elements (like carbon, nitrogen, etc). Actually humans are only made up of about 11 of those 96, but they're the same 11 as are found throughout the Universe. It's all the same stuff! Have you ever thought about where all the...
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Mindfulness and family
The Buddha talked about  four stages of enlightenment . The first he called "stream enterer", describing someone who sees through the delusion of self and no longer sees themselves as being separate from the rest of the Universe. In Zen you "enter the strea...
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Who are you to decide?
In my previous post I was talking about Peter Levine's amazing book called "In an Unspoken Voice" . It summarises what Levine has found over a career of over 40 years in the field of stress and trauma. Specifically I was talking about a section of the book ...
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