Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

July 8, 2017

But “Everyone” is doing it (so it must be Ok).

Not really “everyone” and it isn’t really Ok.

What is the opposite of mindfulness?

May 8, 2017

Mindfulness and Fecal Transplants

I choose to share the link relating to mindfulness. It is about how Freshman stress less and smile more. You might like it!

DrD

November 12, 2014

Cancer, Telomeres, and Meditation

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Those telomeres again

July 13, 2014

Beautiful Clouds

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In the Tai Chi Hand Form, we start with Tai chi At Rest. This pose, or posture or Style as it’s called, is a standing meditation that can be held for an indefinite period. It’s the predatory, transitional time where we get centered, grounded and “mindful”. Held for longer periods the meditative effect accrues.

Of course few people take the opportunity to benefit from spending much time in this Style… We all move on the the rest of the Form – this is just the start. It is the start, the start to a magnificent journey. It’s also a place to stay. Here is a report of a recent study talking about the benefits of mindful meditation.

It’s funny, I looked on my own computer and searched Google for a photo of Tai Chi At Rest and didn’t find a single one… It’s a Style that is all about stillness, so… I guess it’s less photogenic. I will take care of that some time and Post it here later…

Incidentally this is the Posture that teaches alignment (standing up straight), breathing, relaxation and centering your mind (on your breath is a good place to start). Here you learn about neutral spine, the all important alignment that is essential in bending and lifting. (Read: It’s actually very very important!)

It is here that we first experience letting go of the unnecessary tensions in the body and appreciate what it FEELS like to really relax. And in our daily Tai chi practice it is all of this that attempt carry throughout the rest of the Form and all other aspects of our Tai chi work. No small feat!

Like every other little tiny aspect of Tai chi, you could write a book about just this Style.

In my own practice, and in an effect not to short change this Style, I take three breaths in this Style, with my eyes closed. Shifting to the Tai Chi Ready Style, we simply drop our hands down – as I do that I open my eyes.

Then it’s on to Tai Chi Beginning Style (you can see why those first two Styles are so easily over looked:-)

February 4, 2014

TIME, The Mindful Revolution, and (of course) Tai Chi

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Here is the link to the TIME article, The Mindful Revolution. (Not everyone could let that cover photo go without commenting on race, gender and religion issues it raises for them: here is a link that weighs in on that.)

Here are some excerpts, but reading the whole article would be a good thing.

“…we’re in the midst of a popular obsession with mindfulness as the secret to health and happiness — and a growing body of evidence suggests it has clear benefits.”

“…meditation is considered an essential means to achieving mindfulness.”

“Already, many devotees see mindfulness as an indispensable tool for coping-both emotionally and practically- with the daily onslaught. The ability to focus for a few minutes on a single raisin isn’t silly if the skills it requires are the keys to surviving and succeeding in the the 21st century.”

Every Monday evening “…for eight weeks. …$350 to learn about meditation and mindfulness.” [That’s $43 and change per session!!]

“…I would try to focus on my breath, as Paulette advised…”

“One evening we were introduced to mindful walking.” “Feel your heel make contact with the floor, then the ball of your foot,…”

“Some of this might sound like New Age retread of previous prescriptions for stress. Mindfulness is rooted in Eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhism. But two factors set it apart and give it a practical veneer that is helping propel it into the mainstream.” [practical “veneer” doesn’t sound like a compliment, does it?]

“One might be thought of as smart marketing.” “…careful to avoid talk about spirituality…” “Think of your attention as a muscle.”

A related and potentially more powerful factor in winning over skeptics is what science is learning about our brains’ ability to adapt and rewire. The phenomenon, known as neuroplasticity, suggests there are concrete and provable benefits to exercising the brain.” “It’s difficult to dismiss mindfulness as fleeting or contrived.”

“Precisely because of this scientific component, mindfulness is gaining traction with people who might otherwise find mind-body philosophies a tough sell, and it is growing into a sizable industry.”

“…multitasking leads to lower overall productivity.”

“…technology has gone beyond what we are capable of handling.”

“Google, meanwhile, has an in-house mindfulness program called Search Inside Yourself.”

“…Steve Jobs said his meditation practice was directly responsible for his ability to concentrate and ignore distractions.”

“…scientists have been able to prove that meditation and rigorous mindfulness training can lower cortisol levels and blood pressure, increase immune response and possibility even affect gene expression. Scientific study is also showing that meditation can have an impact on the structure of the brain itself.” “The research has fueled the rapid growth of MBSR and other mindfulness programs inside corporations and public institutions.”

“…they are paying attention to scientific evidence…”

“Educators are turning to mindfulness with increasing frequency…”

“this is something that people are now finding compelling in many countries and many cultures, and the reason is the science,…”

So where is the Tai Chi is all of that?

Tai Chi is referred to by some as “moving meditation”. It is a “mindfulness” practice from start to finish. In addition to all of the above neuroplasticity benefits associated with the brain and stress management, Tai Chi also has a very long list of other health benefits – and an impressive body of research substantiating that it is the Tai Chi delivering those benefits, not something else.

In Everett, Tai Chi is available every Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Peak Health & Fitness for $10 per class.

June 21, 2013

Reflect on That

Filed under: Meditation — Tags: — doctordilday @ 1:57 pm

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August 7, 2012

Tai Chi Big Ideas – Zen – Mindfulness

Filed under: Breath work, Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 1:53 pm

These comments didn’t originate with me but they are useful to think about and generally accurate. You may make a connection not otherwise apparent.

Here is the link to some videos on Mindfulness that might also help: http://www.TaiChiZenPath.com/five-mindfulness-videos

THE BIG IDEAS – TAI CHI

1. People practice Tai Chi for a variety of reasons. Common reasons include better health, healing from illness, gentle exercise, stress relief, and martial arts.

2. In addition to these reasons, Tai Chi can also be practiced as a “moving meditation” that produces insights into our “true selves”.

3. Most people DON’T practice Tai Chi for meditative insights. But a select few of us either start Tai Chi with a passion for these insights, or start for other reasons but develop the passion over time.

4. Most of what others teach and discuss (and argue) about Tai Chi involves the outer form, such as what styles to practice, how to do the movements, applications, etc. Exploring Tai Chi like this, from the “outside in”, is ideal when you are first learning.

5. But at a certain point, if you are serious about meditative insights, you’ll want to focus more of your attention to Tai Chi from the “inside out”. You’ll want to reach inside yourself, and look, listen, and feel how Tai Chi affects you intellectually, psychologically, and spiritually.

THE BIG IDEAS – TAI CHI AND ZEN

6. Both Tai Chi and Zen have common roots in Chinese culture, and both have some focus on breathing and mental concentration in their practice.

7. But Tai Chi’s primary practice involves movement, while Zen’s primary practice involves seated meditation.

8. From the “outside in”, they appear to be very different -sitting vs. moving, passive vs. active. From the “inside out” though, both practices lead to similar realizations about ourselves and the world around us.

9. Rather than two separate paths, Tai Chi and Zen are like two branches of the same path.

10. Both paths lead to the same ultimate goal – mindfulness.

December 22, 2007

I was busy looking for something else and I found this…

Filed under: General Health & Wellness — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 10:20 pm
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I found this article on Mindfulness in The New York Times today…..

 

… it was too good to pass up.

 

DrD 

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