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We all love to talk about love, and we likely always will because so much of it is mysterious. From the partners we choose, to why we leave or stay, to how a relationship’s dynamics are always changing, nothing hurts or heals so much.
The notions that passion always peters out, that there’s a “seven-year itch,” and that the honeymoon is over as soon reality sets in have some truth to them. But our CHI FOR YOURSELF GUEST promises that long-term, wholehearted love is still possible!
Linda Carroll is the author of LOVE CYCLES: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love
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Captain Dan Willis is an author and active duty police officer with more than 25 years of experience and a leader of Peer Support/Emotional Survival classes for first responders.
Statistics and headlines speak for themselves as first responders fall victim to destructive habits and disorders, including alcoholism, gambling, depression, PTSD, emotional illness, divorce and broken families and worse — spousal abuse, murder, and suicide.
In this CHI FOR YOURSELF interview, Capt. Willis tells John Kobik how first responders and their loved ones can protect and nurture their spirits, and also how to seek help and make effective use of the help that exists, from professionals, peers, and families.
Captain Dan Willis is the author of Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart.
In this episode we will be interviewing Stephen McLaughlin of White Cloud Kung Fu Academy as we discuss the practice of lineage succession. Located in Blackburn, Lancashire of the United Kingdom. White Cloud Kung Fu Academy was founded by Sifu Derek Gordon in 1962 and is today guided by 2 of his students, Dave Cowell & Head Coach Bill Keith, both with more than 40 years of Martial Arts experience. Steven McLaughlin is one of 2 senior instructors both with nearly 2 decades of continuous Martial Arts experience under their belt. He currently teaches Long Boxing(Chang Chuan), Wing Chun, Hsing-I , Bagua Zhang and Yang style Taiji Chuan. He began his training in Chinese Gong Fu at the age of 6 and at age 20 he received his 3rd rank of black belt in 2010.
Lineage succession is the practice of grooming specific students to act as a vessel of transmission for a particular martial style. Tai Chi Chuan is one style in particular that uses lineage documentation much like a family tree to trace its roots and origination. These lineage holders are then entrusted to become caretakers of a particular style ensuring their art continues to thrive in its entirety. Lineage succession is predominantly practiced throughout Asia but we are finding that this method of knowledge preservation is also surfacing in the Asian martial arts in the western world.
Although White Cloud Kung Fu Academy does not officially use Lineage succession the principles of personal growth, self-realization, and lifetime cultivation, are carefully fostered and guided. Steven Mclaughlin is now the 3rd generation of instructors at White Cloud Kung Fu academy.
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“Constructive wallowing” seems like an oxymoron. Constructive is a good thing, but wallowing is bad. Right?
But wait a minute; is it really so terrible to give ourselves a time-out to feel our feelings? Or is it possible that wallowing is an act of loving kindness, right when we need it most?
Our Chi For Yourself guest turns the conventional wisdom on its head. Tina Gilbertson is a successful therapist, workshop leader and blogger. She's the author of Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings By Letting Yourself Have Them.
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Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart’s deeply ecumenical teachings were in many ways modern. He taught about what we call ecology, championed artistic creativity, and advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. All these elements have inspired our Chi For Yourself guest, spiritual maverick Matthew Fox, and influenced his Creation Spirituality. In his latest book, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and other radical thinkers. Matthew Fox is the author of "Meister Eckhart, A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times."
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In yoga practice, mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chanting) get short shrift in the West because they aren’t well understood, though they are an integral part of almost every Eastern spiritual practice. They are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life.
Our Chi For Yourself guest Alanna Kaivalya has written a book that shares the myths behind the mantras and kirtans, with the intention to illuminate their meaning and to put their power and practicality within reach of every reader. Alanna Kaivalya is the author of SACRED SOUND: Discovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan.
Attention hard-core Professional Group Fitness Instructors (PGFI)
There may come a time in your fitness life when you have to slow down. Yes, YOU! Even Jack LaLanne eventually slowed down and he was a persistant and dedicated exerciser. Perhaps, for many of you, it is a challenge to slow down and the idea even makes you uncomfortable.
Tai Chi changed my life
My personal journey, as first a professional group fitness instructor (someone whose primary source of income is teaching group fitness classes), then, evenutally, becoming a tai chi instructor, has inspired me to share my story with other GFPI.
The take-away here is that PGFIs who begin to study and practice this internal martial arts will benefit tremedously. It can also be another source of income targeting the expanding demand in the fitness industry for elder-friendly exercise.
What is tai chi
Tai Chi in the fitness world
Story of my personal journey as a PGFI who started practicing tai chi
Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan
Tune in to next week's show when we interview Sifu Ahmad Ptah El
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When author and Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller and her family land in a house with a hundred-year-old Japanese garden, she uses the paradise in her backyard to glean the living wisdom of our natural world. Through her eyes, rocks convey faith, ponds preach stillness, flowers give love, and leaves express the effortless ease of letting go. Miller makes her second visit to Chi For Yourself and takes us into the garden for Zen lessons in fearlessness, forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and contentment. She gathers inspiration from the ground beneath her feet to remind us that paradise is always here and now. Karen Maezen Miller is the author of Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden."
We are thrilled to welcome as our guest, Sifu Ahmad Ptah El to Group Fitness Out The Box! If you listened to our show Tai Chi and professional group fitness instructors, you will appreciate why we're so excited to have Ahmad come on the show.
Ahmad has extensive training in the martial arts focusing on the internal martial arts for years. Today he talks to us about our professional lives and its costs to our health and wellness; and how we can increase our longevity, healthfully, in the field of professional fitness instructing.
What is tai chi?
Why is it beneficial (life-changing, in my case) for fitness professionals?
How to evaluate a tai chi program and instructor
What form should you learn?
What should you expect in terms of training and time commitment? (In our profession, that translates into "can I learn it in a weekend workshop?)
Suggested reading: Tai Chi Health for Life by Bruce Frantzis
For more about Ahmad Ptah El check out his Bagua Taiji website.
Ahmad is available for private sessions in the metro Atlanta area and will travel for workshops. He can be reached by calling (678) 526-4286 or by filling out the contact form on his website.
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Chi For Yourself welcomes Simone Wright, author of First Intelligence: Using the Science & Spirit of Intuition. Simone says that that while we all have the ability to use our intuition, in order to be actively intuitive — which means to be able to use it at will instead of by happenstance — we must develop the skill. Her book is intended to give readers all they need to know to do just that.
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