Finding our Balance in Tumultuous Times

Tension. Opposition. Violence, even. It may come as a surprise to some readers that all of these have a place in the life cycle of a healthy organism. At least they do in the paradigm of Asian Healing Arts. It’s not all sweetness and light in here!

Without any tension, we’d collapse like rubber chickens. Without opposition, we’d miss the full spectrum of our life’s possibilities. And without violent muscle contractions, none of us would have left our mothers’ wombs.

And yet. The destructiveness of these forces have been showing up all too clearly.

This year, the Season of Extremes we call Spring has been more extreme than most. We’ve seen the Winds of Change blow chilling snow storms into the middle of sunny days. We’ve all been battered by traumatic events, both natural and man-made. So many we’ve had little recovery time between fires and floods. Racially charged shootings and massacres of children. Revelations of corruption, breakdowns and firings at the highest levels of our government. So much tension, opposition and violence.

Are there healthy roles – or outlets – for these forces? How do we use such potentially destructive forces in life-serving ways? Can we contain their potential risks? Cultivate their productive use? Continue reading “Finding our Balance in Tumultuous Times”

A Picture of Health

Being able to envision ourselves as healthy is crucially important to our prognosis. This best-kept secret of healing is finally out of the bag. Numerous recent studies have headlined research confirming this phenomenon. Which comes as no surprise to traditional healers!

So how do we cultivate a vision of wellness for ourselves that serves our healing processes?
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Winter: What’s the Point?

Winter can feel like we’re just trying to get by. Especially after the holidays, our energy reserves are wiped out. When we try to ‘get things done,’ we find our concentration low and our nerves frayed. We just hang on, waiting for longer days. Warmer temperatures. Brighter skies.

Taoists viewed Winter a little differently. This tradition, the source of Asian healing arts like acupuncture, held Winter as a time of great power. And believed our choices in this season affect our health thru the year. Maybe even our destiny thru our life! Continue reading “Winter: What’s the Point?”

Healing Sexual Trauma – Beyond ‘Me Too’

One of many reasons for silence around sexual trauma has been a lack of tools to heal these injuries. Emergency room physicians can brilliantly patch up physical wounds. But until recently, the longterm effects of traumatic injuries were barely recognized, much less addressed. Especially for sexual trauma. With no healing in sight, these wounds remained hidden. And they festered – as any wound will thats sealed before its healed. Girls, especially, learned to follow Miss Manners’ prime rule: “If there’s nothing to be done about if, there’s nothing to be said about it.” Continue reading “Healing Sexual Trauma – Beyond ‘Me Too’”

The Balancing Act of Autumn: One Breath at a Time

Such a balancing act, lifting a cup that’s full to the brim.

My father often poured milk into his coffee til it nearly over-flowed. High drama when he’d lift it, ever so slowly and steadily. Sometimes he’d pour so much it would bulge above the edge of the cup. He’d lean back to admire that, then lean down to slurp a first sip without touching the cup.

This time of year reminds me of my Dad and his balancing act. Continue reading “The Balancing Act of Autumn: One Breath at a Time”

Make Mindfulness a Pleasure, Not a Chore

This excerpt is from a longer article available at PaulaDerry.com/readings.

The heart of mindfulness is relaxed awareness of the here-and-now, slowing down, taking the time to notice more and notice more deeply, allowing experience to spontaneously arise, being not doing. As new experiences arise, they can be further explored or simply enjoyed. In addition to practices like sitting meditation, there are many other ways to cultivate this. Continue reading “Make Mindfulness a Pleasure, Not a Chore”

Sheng Zheng Gong Talk at Ruscombe

This post originally appeared on BmoreSZG.com. In April of 2017, Peter Van Buren gave a talk to the health practitioners at Ruscombe Mansion on the benefits of integrating Sheng Zhen Gong with the holistic therapies they practiced. After first explaining a little about Sheng Zhen Gong, Peter then guided the group though a brief practice, so they could experience firsthand the “Sheng Zhen state”.  And, then he addressed the group,

“In preparing for this talk, I needed to answer the question, what does Sheng Zheng Gong (SZG) have to do with health practitioners? Continue reading “Sheng Zheng Gong Talk at Ruscombe”

Heal the Body by Healing the Gut: The 5R Approach to Wellness

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) there are currently more then 70 million people in the U.S. suffering with some form of Gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 117 million (half of all adults) have one or more chronic health conditions. In addition, GI complaints are among the top reasons patients seek health care. So, if you are an adult reading this, most likely you or one of your close family members falls into one of these categories. Continue reading “Heal the Body by Healing the Gut: The 5R Approach to Wellness”

What’s Preventing Me From Healing?

Have you ever wondered what’s REALLY going on in your body? Ever want to “un-do,” or de-toxify from the damaging buildup in your body over time from a modern life? Have you been exposed to X rays, anesthesia, viruses, genetically modified foods, mercury from fillings, cigarettes and/or pharmaceuticals? Have you wondered if you have vitamin deficiencies or mineral malabsorption? Would you like to find out if you’ve inherited your family’s health issues and, if so, prevent them? Ever wonder what might be blocking your body from healing itself (which it is designed to do)?

Then the Asyra would interest you. Continue reading “What’s Preventing Me From Healing?”