Tai Chi Health

Mind/Body Exercise with Tricia Yu

Pain, Suffering and Despair

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 | 12 comments

Since last May, I have had Trigeminal Neuralgia. Also called the Suicide Disease, it is a rare and debilitating nerve condition that produces excruciating stabs of one-sided facial pain. Anti-seizure drugs that help the pain had serious side effects and Gamma Knife surgery — targeted radiation to stop the pain— was not successful.

For months, I was unable to drive or otherwise function and got down to 95 pounds. There was  an outpouring of support from friends, family and from neighbors who brought us food for months. Late January, I had successful Balloon Compression surgery at Mayo Clinic that damaged the trigeminal nerve and stopped the pain. I am slowly climbing back into life while adapting to the surgery’s side effects.

I did a lot of inner work while bed-ridden with pain and debilitating drug side effects. My state of mind ranged from hope to deep despair and these 7- minute exercises recorded by Kristi Rietz were a lifeline. Based on compassion practices of John Makranski, I hope that they can help uplift you as well. Heartfelt thanks, Kristi.

 Receiving Love                 Extending love

Most of us are suffering right now, both from personal pain and losses, and from despair about our country and our planet. Reality seems unreal and many of us feel that we have lost our bearings. Collectively, we are deeply divided, angry and full of blame. Although ancient wisdom and scientific evidence remind us that nothing is really separate, we continue to be driven by the same fears and the “us/them” mentality that has fueled endless suffering throughout human history.

As we travel our paths and do whatever we do, may we include essential elements of  tai chi practice in our attitudes, conversations and actions. Tai chi is not just an exercise, it is a way of life. Tai chi teaches us how to center, ground and align,  mentally, physically and spiritually. This state is ideal for dealing with pain and fear, stress and conflict, confusion and frustration. Stay focused on this practice in any situation, as often as you can remember. Move from a centered place, from the eye of the hurricane where there is stillness, rather than being swept away in the surrounding chaos.

Remember:the same elements lie within you as in the  people and actions you oppose. Nothing and nobody is truly separate.

As you Travel Your Path:

 Ponder This

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
HH Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
HH Dalai Lama

“You must be the change you wish to see”
Mahatma Gandhi

She who is centered in the Tao can go where she wishes without danger.
She perceives the universal harmony, even amid great pain,
because she has found peace in her heart.
Tao Te Ch’ing

You must watch my life, how I live, eat, sit, talk, behave in general. The sum total of all those in me is my religion.
Mahatma Gandhi

Kindness is my religion.
HH Dalai Lama

Practice This

Center to get in touch with your body and your surroundings. Focus on slow, natural breathing to help calm your mind, relax your body and bring your attention into the present moment

Take a few moments to practice Centering at any time…while sitting, standing or lying down. Bring your best intention to the exercise (love, joy, wonder, compassion) then practice it as you go about your day.

  • Bring your attention into the present moment.
  • Feel the movement in your body as you breathe.
  • Sense your feet and the earth that supports all physical life.
  • Sense your head and whatever inspires and uplifts your spirit.
  • Sense your hands and fingers, feel life force within and around them.
  • Contemplate: we are all in this together.
  • Now, listen, look, smell; sense your surroundings.

Remember, you can choose to operate from your center  now and in  every moment

Love to you, Tricia

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Fear, Loathing and Forecasting the Future

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 | 6 comments

There definitely is a sense of unreality in the air, combined with pervasive fear and loathing. More of us than usual are contributing a lot of energy to the fear and loathing thing right now and it adds to a pervasive heaviness in our planetary atmosphere.

When we feel afraid and angry, we energetically contract and close our hearts. We fixate on what disturbs us and forget about the billions of things—from the functioning of our bodies to the integrity of the infrastructures that support our lives—that are working harmoniously.

We become the problem.

Simply by living, caring and paying attention we impact not only our own perspective, but the feelings and thoughts of countless lives we touch, directly and indirectly. Why not do your part to lighten things up? Take a breather. Plan a picnic; celebrate something. (This is recommended by the Dalai Lama for getting people to relax and thereby ease tension between warring countries.)

Get outside, relax in the sun. Get some perspective. See your concerns in light of the evolution of our home planet, of the history of human kind. Consider what truly intelligent life on other planets might look like in galaxies far, far away where they have moved beyond fear and loathing as part of the collective worldview.

In other words, pull yourself out of the muck. Look up. It’s big out there. The universe is our playground and nothing ever, ever stops changing.

Keep in mind that most people on the planet would exchange your concerns for theirs in a heartbeat….

Meanwhile, Here are some down-to-earth quotes from experts of the past. They remind us that, even though we may have access to a lot of information, and we may have a lot of opinions and are immersed in non-stop commentary on how things are going to turn out, we can’t actually see the future. Possibilities are boundless and we create new realities as a matter of course.

Check these out:

“Television won’t be able to hold any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Darryl F Zanuk, head of 20th Century Fox, 1946.

“Landing and moving around the moon offers so many serious problems for human beings that it may take scientists another 200 years to lick them.” Science Digest, August,1948.

“I think that there is a world market for about two computers.” Thomas John Watson, President of IBM, 1924-1956.

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. At that time, he could imagine only one use for it: so that people could record their last testaments and wills for their descendants.

In conclusion:

“Who knows how good this thing’s gonna get?”
Lyrics from: Uncle George by Doug Swayne




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