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Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Journal/Blog

June 2004

Index to the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Journal


By
Michael P. Garofalo

 

 

June 30, 2004, Wednesday


Walking and Taijiquan and Qigong practice in the cool dawn.  Worked outside
on construction projects till noon.  I took a nap and then enjoyed a 45 mintue
massage by Ashley.  

Worked on my Spirit of Gardening webpages at night.   For me, gardening
is a type of contemplation-meditation, qigong-yoga, and spiritual discipline.  

 

"The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all
the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art."
-  William Morris

 

"The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great 
and the insignificant is energy -- invincible determination -- a purpose once fixed, 
and then death or victory."
-  Thomas Fowell Buxton

 

I still lay out five card from the Voyager Tarot Deck and one card from the Lynn
Andrews Power Deck
each morning.  I find that they stimulate creative thinking and
contemplation on virtures, values, and the meaning of life.  Cards relating to 
play, courage, and reaping rewards have reappeared a number of times as of late.
I have studied Tarot symbolism in many decks, and read many books on the subject
since 1975.  The Vogager Deck appeals to me the most, and I use it daily; and, I 
also pull cards from other decks to add to the mix of 6-8 cards to read daily.

 

 

Carefully reading two books:

Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness.   By Donna Farhi.  Illustrations
by Sonya Rooney.  An Owl Book, New York, Henry Holt and Co., 2000.  No index,
271 pages.  ISBN: 0805059709.  MGC.  

Real World Digital Photography, Second Edition.   By Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan,
and Tim Grey.   Peachpit Press, 2nd Edition, 2003.  698 pages.  ISBN: 0321223721.
MGC.   

Books marked "MGC" are books in my home library.  

 

 

June 29, 2004, Tuesday

Walking and Taijiquan and Qigong practice in the cool dawn.  Worked all day outside
on construction projects.   Heavy work and much sweating.   

Yoga class for 60 minutes at night with Sam.  I really felt at ease and competent
doing yoga tonight.  

Discovered a small garter snake living among the pots on our back porch.  He/she must
have been feasting on the many small frogs and toads that hide in the cool wet plants.  

 

 

"The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the 
use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others."
-   Tyron Edwards

 

 

June 28, 2004, Monday

 

Walking and Taijiquand and Qigong practice in the cool dawn.  Worked all day outside
on construction projects.   Heavy work and much sweating.   

School Board meeting preparation in the afternoon, and meeting in the evening.  

Changed and updated email links.


"It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject 
themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve 
a goal, are the happiest men.  When you see 20 or 30 men line up for a distance race in some 
meet, don't pity them, don't feel sorry for them.  Better envy them instead."
-  Brutus Hamilton

 

 

 

June 27, 2004, Sunday

 

Walking and Tai Chi practice in the cool dawn.  Worked all day outside
on construction projects.    

Worked in digital images with new software.

Changed all email addresses to reduce the flood of spam.

"Consistency is the foundation of virtue."
-  Frances Bacon

 

 

 

June 26, 2004, Saturday


Walking and Tai Chi practice in the cool dawn.  

Teach Tai Chi at TFFC: introduce new Wild Goose moves, talk about moving from
the center, expanding, opening up.  Attend the 90 minute yoga class led by Sam.  

"What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when 
a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined 
not to quit until he finds it."
-  Alexander Graham Bell

Reading the latest issue of Yoga Journal, and the book by Donna Farhi:

Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness.   By Donna Farhi.  Illustrations
by Sonya Rooney.  An Owl Book, New York, Henry Holt and Co., 2000.  No index,
271 pages.  ISBN: 0805059709.  MGC.  


I read a couple of nice short articles:

"Stuck in a Rut,"  Bo Forbes.  Yoga Journal, August 2004, Issue 128, pp. 127130.  "You
can break free.  A yoga teacher and psychologist shares her blueprint for transforming
negative habits."  1.  Sankalpa - Intention, 2. Tapas - Intensity, 3. Shani - Slowing, 
4.  Vidya - Awareness, 5.  Ahhaya - Fearlessness, 6. Darshana - Vision, 
7.  Darshana - Vision.  

"Bouncing Into Graceland: John Friend,"  Laura Fraser.  Yoga Journal, August 2004, 
Issue 128, pp. 87-94+.  See comments on his Universal Princiles of Alignment: 
Opening to Grace, Muscular Energy, Inner Spiral, Outer Spiral, and Organic 
Energy.  His Secondary Principles:  Focal Point, Side Body Long, Shoulder Loop,
and Inner Body Bright.    

 

 

 

June 25, 2004, Friday

 

Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.   


Awakening at Midlife
.  A Guide to Reviving Your Spirit, Recreating Your Life, and 
Returning to Your Truest Self.   By Kathleen A. Brehony.  New York, Riverhead
Books, 1996.  Chapter endnotes, 373 pages.  MGC.  ISBN: 1573226327.  Encourages
us to work with our dreams, express ourselves in creative ways, enhance relationships,
meditate and prayer, honor the body, and expand consciousness.  

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more 
common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost 
a proverb.  Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence 
and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan "press on" has solved and always 
will solve the problems of the human race."
-  John Calvin Coolidge

 

"The inner - what is it?
if not intensified sky,
hurled through with birds
and deep with
the winds of homecoming."
-  Rainer Marie Rilke

 

 

June 24, 2004, Thursday

Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.   


A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues
: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life.
By Andre Comte-Sponville.  Translated by Catherine Temerson.  A Metropolitan
Owl Book, New York, Henry Hold and Co., 1996.  Index, chapter notes, 352 pages.
ISBN: 0805045562.   A wise and very readable discussion of the great virtues: 
politeness, fidelity, prudence, temperance, courage, justice, generosity, compassion,
mercy, gratitude, humility, simplicity, tolerance, purity, gentleness, good faith, humor,
and love.  MGC.  

"The wayside of business is full of brilliant men who started out with a spurt, and lacked the 
stamina to finish. Their places were taken by patient and unshowy plodders who never knew 
when to quit."
-  J. R. Todd

Updated notes on Aging and Well Being.

 

 

 

June 23, 2004, Wednesday


Irrigation day around property.  Worked hard on new outdoor storage sheds.  

"Literally translated as "fire" or "heat," tapas is the disciplined use of our energy.  Because
the word discipline has the negative connotation of self-concern, I take the liberty here
of translating this central precept [from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra] as "burning enthusiasm."
When we can generate an attitude of burning ardor, the strength of our convictions generates
a momentum that carries us forward."
-   Donna Farhi, Yoga MInd, Body and Spirit


Two of my favorite yoga books, which a read a little from each day, are
by Donna Farhi.  

Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness.   By Donna Farhi.  Illustrations
by Sonya Rooney.  An Owl Book, New York, Henry Holt and Co., 2000.  No index,
271 pages.  ISBN: 0805059709.  MGC.  

Bringing Yoga to Life:The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living.   By Donna Farhi.
Harper San Francisco, 2003.  250 pages.  MGC.  Notes.  ISBN:  0060091142.

 

Previewed the instructional videotape:

Orthodox Taiji Sword.  Instructional VHS videotape.  Presented by Madam Wang Ji Yung.  
108 minutes.  Step by step teaching of the 32 Form sword set.  Produced by Vecom
Development Co..  Includes a 26 page instructional booklet.  Versions in Mandarin,
Cantonese, Japanese and English.  Madame Wang is the Vice Chairman of the the
Chinese Wushu Association, and Professor at the Shanghai Wushu Investigation
Laboratory.   Distributed by Wayfarer.

Updated the Taijiquan Sword webpage.

 

Exploring web photographic gallery software products:

Photo Gallery Software

Gallery

Magic Gallery

Create a Photo Web Gallery


Real World Digital Photography, Second Edition.   By Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan,
and Tim Grey.   Peachpit Press, 2nd Edition, 2003.  698 pages.  ISBN: 0321223721.


JASC Paint Shop Power Suite 8 Photo Edition


How to do Everything With Paint Shop Pro 8


Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images

 

 

 

June 22, 2004, Tuesday

 

Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.   

 

"Once, while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, "What would you 
do if you were suddenly to learn that you were to die at sunset today?"  He replied, "I would 
finish hoeing my garden."

Previewed the instructional videotape:

Chen Taijiquan 19 Forms.  By Ren Guang Yi.  This short form was created by the
contemporary Chen master Chen Xiaowang.  Instructional videotape, 48 minutes.
Step by step teaching of the 19 movements, and demonstrations.  Some instruction
in Zhan Zhuang standing meditation.  MGC.  Prepared by the International Chen
Style Taijiquan Association.  

 

 

June 21, 2004, Monday


Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.   

Work around the house on projects: electrical, watering, shed reconstruction.  

Updated Sung: Relaxation webpage.

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with 
all the tools in a machine shop."
-  Robert Hughes

 

Pulling Onions- Gardening Quips, Observations, and One Liners by Michael P. Garofalo.

It's OK to think while gardening; but, ill advised to garden while thinking.

Fresh fruit from the tree - sweet summertime.  

Gardening gets you on your knees; praying is optional.

Gardening leads us to embody our minds.

Come to your senses by gardening today.

A garden: a small picture from an epic movie.

To garden is the reward.

Pulling Onions, #471-475.

 

 

June 20, 2004, Sunday


Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.   Relax and nap in the heat of the day.  Watering.    

Work outdoors on gravel moving project.  Install a new screen door on back patio.   
Begin setup work on garage fan installation.  

Father's Day calls and gifts from children and wife - how nice.  Hearing of the progress
and success and happiness of my children makes me feel really good.  Hopefully, 
as a parent, I contributed to the positive development and education of my two
children: Alicia and Mick.  Now, I hope to be able to relate to them well as 
independent adults, provide support, and respect them and their spouses as
a couple and as parents themselves.  Then, someday, I will become a "grandparent"
and can see then next generation emerge and contribute something to them.   

"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
-   Abraham Lincoln

 

Numerous persons have tried to live the life of the scholar-martial artist.  

Cheng Man-Ch'ing (1901-1975) 

Chang Naizhou (1724-1783)

Sun Lu-Tang (1861-1932)

 

Updated Tai Chi and Health webpage.

 

 

June 19, 2004, Saturday

Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.  Teach a Tai Chi class from 9:30 - 11.  Yoga class
with Sam from 11-12:30.  Very stiff from squats and leg presses and lots of 
standing outdoors.  

Karen and I take a day trip to Chico for a Chinese food lunch, used and new bookstore 
browsing, and home improvement shopping at Lowe's and Home Depot.   

The biggest room in the world is the room for self improvement.
Opening the doors of the future requires that we secure the keys from the past.

 

Manipura Chakra

 

"Nurture you mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think."
-  Benjamin Disraeli

Reading the latest issue of T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Volume 28,  
No. 3, June 2004.

Updated Sun style Taijiquan webpage.

 


June 18, 2004, Friday


Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  Practicing
the Wild Goose Qigong form.  Outdoor work for 5 hours - shoveling gravel and 
porch electrical work.

Workout at gym: weightlifting and swim in pool.  I will lift weights every other day as
follows:  Friday, Sunday, Tuesday.  Legs and back are done every time, and chest
is worked on Sunday.  Chest and biceps only on Wednesday.  Consistency is the
most important.  I've found that if I work heavy with weights before mat pilates and
yoga I exhaust myself.  

I need to think about rest and recuperation more, and the pacing and sequencing
of exercise to allow for rest between different types of exercise.    

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become
by achieving your goals."
-   Zig Ziglar

Updated Chen Taijiquan webpage.

 

 

June 17, 2004, Thursday


Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the cool early morning hours at daybreak.  
Very stiff and sore from yesterdays workout - time to take a rest day from the gym.  

Learning and practicing the Wild Goose Qigong form, #1-25 of the 64 form from Grandmaster Yang, Mei-Jun.  I like the instructional videotape by Madame Shifu Lu Yuxhi.  

Lots of outdoor home improvement work today.  I've been shoveling gravel into needed locations
along pathways, driveway, borders.  Extensive outdoor electrical work.  

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the 
hardest victory is the victory over self."
-  Aristotle

Updated links on the Staff Weapons webpage.

 

 

June 16, 2004, Wednesday


Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the early morning.  Weightlifting, Mat Pilates and Yoga at
night.  Learning and practicing the Wild Goose Qigong form, #1-25 of the 64 form
by Grandmaster Yang, Mei-Jun.  

Mat Pilates is fairly vigorous.  It requires that you keep your abdomen flexed flat 
during all the exercises.  Repetitions can range from 10 to 100.  Outbreaths are 
a vigorous hiss.  I can't do the exercise forms perfectly or do the number of repetitions 
so I just rest sometimes.  You need to be careful to avoid injury.  

Spoke with my diabetes nurse, Amy, this morning.  She suggested more small meals
to reduce hunger.  I think that Yoga and massage have helped reduce the pain in 
my feet.  Blue Cross offers a Diabetes Health Improvement Program (800) 522-5660.
I would recommend it to anyone trying to improve their health and manage their
diabetes.  Health care issues are a bit complex for diabetics, and they need good
advice and information from medical professionals.  

Updated the Silk Reeling webpage.

"Stop looking for your purpose . . . BE IT!"
-  Wayne Dyer

A very interesting article by Linda Sparrow on Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his students:
Pattabhi Jois (Astanga Vinyasa), B.K.S. Iyengar (Inengar Yoga), Indra Devi, and his son
 T.K.V. Desikachar (Viniyoga).  

Krishnamacharya's son son graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.  He decided 
to study Yoga with his father as long as "no God" was included.  

 

June 15, 2004, Tuesday


Walking, Qigong and Taiji in the early morning.  Weightlifting and 90 minutes of Yoga at
night.  

Busy with outdoor electrical chores on a 95 plus degree day - windy and hot: 
summertime in Red Bluff.  Getting used to the summer heat.  

Learning to do the Wild Goose Qigong form by using the instructional videotapes by the 
Madame Masters Wen-Mei Yu and Lu Yushi.  

Updated webpage on Tai Chi and Health.  

Updated the Northern California Tai Chi Directory.

Reading:

Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought.
By Geogre Lakoff and Mark Johnson.  Basic Books, Perseu Books, 1999.  Index,
bibliography, 624 pages.  ISBN: 0465056741.   MGC.  "The mind is inherently
bebodied.  Thought is mostly unconscious.  Abstract concepts are largely
metaphorical."  


"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-  Roger Bannister

 

 

June 14, 2004, Monday


Walking and Tai Chi in the early morning.  Weightlifting and yoga at night.  Learning
the Wild Goose Qigong form.


"Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination 
to make the right things happen."
-  Peter Marshall

Dental appointment in the morning.  Repair of old filling.  My first dental work in
five years, other than regular cleaning.  

Updated the webpage on Sung: Relaxation.

Wisdom of the Body Moving: An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering.  By Linda Hartley.
Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1989, 1905.  Index, bibliography, 346 pages.
ISBN: 1556431740.  Excellent information on the human body, movement patterns in
infants, touching, yoga exercises and sensation-feeling aspects of movements.  BMC
is a therapeutic style of bodywork.    

 

June 13, 2004, Sunday

"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away 
all obstacles."  -  Claude M. Bristol

Vigorous outdoor sports in the cool morning, siesta in the heat of the day."

Reading The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine.  By Ted J. Kaptchuk,
O.M.D..  Chicago, McGraw Hill Contemporary Books, 2nd Edition, 2000.  Index, bibliography,
appendices, notes, 500 pages.  Foreward by Margaret Caudill, M.D., and by Andrew
Weil, M.D.  ISBN: 0809228408.  MGC.  An excellent introduction to traditional Chinese 
medicine and modern research on the topic.   

Updated Qigong Links.

 

 

June 12, 2004, Saturday


"Where there's a will, there's a way.
When the will is ready the feet are light."
-  Proverbs

After careful reading and due reflection on Kriya Yoga topics, I have decided that I simply cannot accept the philosophical presuppositions, religious tenets, and viewpoints expressed by Paramhansa Yogananda.
Therefore, my further research and thinking will be expressed in A Critique of Paramhansa Yogananda's Viewpoints.

Taught Tai Chi and Qigong for 1.5 hours at TFFC.  Yoga with Sam for 90 minutes.  Irrigation day
all day - ditch running.  Quite warm in the afternoon.   

 

 

June 11, 2004, Friday

 

"People do not lack strength; they lack will."
-   Victor Hugo

 

"Can you coax you mind from its wandering and attend to the one?
Can you cultivate your life force and sustain the suppleness of a newborn with nor cares?
Can you refine your inner vision until you see pure light?"
Lao Zi (Lao Tze), philosopher, poet, 5th Century B.C.E.

 

Updated the Qigong Links webpage.

 

June 10, 2004, Thursday


"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't.  It's that some people are 
ready to change and others are not."
-   James Gordon

Walking and Tai Chi in the morning.  Mat Pilates and Yoga in the evening: 4:30 - 7.  

Added new material to the Wild Goose Qigong webpage.

 

 

Vahana, the Cosmic Goose, carries Brahma and Saraswati.


Vahana, the Cosmic Goose,
carries the Indian Creator God,
Brahma, and Saraswati, his
Shakti or life force.

 

 

 

June 9, 2004, Wednesday


Walking and Tai Chi in the morning.  

"There is not great talent without great will power."
-  Honore de Balzac

Updated Tai Chi Sword webpage.


June 8, 2004, Tuesday


"There are two ways to look at life - one is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though
everything is."
-   Albert Einstein

Walking and Taiji in the cool cloudy morning.  Yoga for 90 minutes at night.  Taught Taiji for one
hour to Don from Redding.  

Updated the Wild Goose Qigong webpage.

 

June 7, 2004, Monday


Walking and Taiji in the cool morning.  Yardwork all day.  

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." 
-  Soren Kierkegaard

 

 

June 6, 2004, Sunday

Walking and Taiji on a beautiful cool windy morning.  How exhilirating, how energizing.
Outdoor Taiji and Qigong are the best.  Karen and I have been learning the Dayan Qigong 
form together.  

 


"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to."
-  George Allen

 

6.  The Concerned Headmaster

     Yogananda starts up a school for children.  One of the children, Kashi, asks him about his future (AY, 249).  Yogananda bluntly tells the boy he will be dead soon.  A few months later, Kashi's father removes the boy from the school and takes him to Calcutta.  There the boy contracts cholera and dies.  Yogananda goes to the grieving family and shouts at the father, accusing him of murdering the boy (AY, 250).   Later, Yogananda, tracks down Kashi by using a "secret yoga technique" of broadcasting his love to Kashi's soul in the astral worlds through "the microphone of the spiritual eye" (AY, 252).  Months later, Yogananda feels vibrations in his hands, and he is magnetically drawn to a home where a woman is about to give birth.  The newborn child is the "reborn Kashi" and the child, who looks like Kashi, later goes on to live in a mountain ashram as an adult - so says Swami Yogananda (AY, 254).   

    How would you feel if your local principal called you "Mr. Murderer" (AY, 250) at your son's funeral if he died during a flu epidemic?   Do you think it proper for a principal to tell a student about his premonitions of the student's death?  Would you keep your child in a school run by such a fellow?  Would you trust the claims of such a fellow?  With such unprofessional behavior, it is no surprise that Yogananda had to give up teaching children and move to America.  He needed to move on to talking into the microphone of his out-of-focus spiritual eye for credulous adults.  

An example of a Code of Ethics for Principals.

Autobiography of a Yogi.   By Paramhansa Yogananda.  Reprint of the Philosophical Library
1946 First Edition.   The Original Unaltered Edition.  New York, Philosophical Library, 
1946.  Reprinted by Crystal Clarity Publishers, Nevada City, CA, 1995.  Index, 481 pages.
 ISBN:1565891082.  

A Critique of Paramhansa Yogananda

 

 

June 5, 2004, Saturday

 

Walking, gardening, Tai Chi, reading.  A fine day.  Taught a Tai Chi class at TFFC - introduced
Wild Goose Qigong..   

 

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
-  Anonymous

Yogananda tells about how he and his brother-in-law made fun of and laughed about his extremely skinny sister, Nalini (AY, 226-230).  The two joked about her on the wedding day.  Years later, Nalini kowtows to Yogananda as a spiritual superior, and begs him to give her Kriya initiation.  Afterwards, Yogananda decides to help his sister (after years of doing nothing but deriding her), and promises her that in 30 days she will be of normal weight and attractiveness.  Of course, after Yogananda's 30 Day Wonder Weight Gain and Beauty Cure, a "divine blessing" (AY, p. 228), she magically gains both weight and "beauty."  Later, Nalini struggles to recover from a typhoid fever illness which Yogananda claims to cure by his powerful prayers and breathing techniques after medical doctors considered the case hopeless.  She survives the fever, but cannot walk.  Yogananda's guru, Sri Yukteswar, gives instructions for Nalini to wear a pearl on a clasp.  She is, of course, cured in 30 days after wearing this magical pearl amulet and resumes walking and, of course, childbearing.

    Nobody, would begrudge anyone good health and recovery from illness - by any means, magical or medical.  What I find objectionable is Yogananda making fun of his sister, and withholding magical assistance for decades until after she acknowledges his spiritual superiority.  Yogananda is no doctor, and does not subscribe to the Hippocratic Oath; and, in this case, is not even a Good Samaritan towards his own sister.  It's obvious that even supposed avatars like Yogananda are prone to petty sibling rivalries.   

AY = "Autobiography of a Yogi"

A Critique of Paramhansa Yogananda's Viewpoints

 

June 4, 2004, Friday


Walking and TaiChi/Qigong in the morning.  Off work - horray!


"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
-  Franklin D. Roosevelt


Gardening and equipment repairs in the morning.  


Massage at Chiropracter's office around noon.  Yes!!  


Weightlifting and swimming in afternoon at TFFC.  

I have decided that Kriya Yoga and Raja Yoga are just not right for me.
I don't believe in the religious doctrines they advocate.  Hatha yoga is
just fine and I plan to learn much more about it in the future.  I don't need
to believe in starting an action plan towards Self-Realization, achieving
Christ Consciousness, seeking yogic samadhi blending of atman and Brahaman, 
advocating the unreality-impurity-ignorance-materiality-unwortiness of ordinary life, 
giving lip service to the superiority of chastity, becoming God-intoxicated, overcoming 
death and living forever on a spiritual plane.  Hatha Yoga is just fine as asanas, pranayama,
concentration, and a body-mind discipline leading to good health, vitality, feeling good, and
a peaceful and calm mental state.  The Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and other scriptural 
texts are useful and interesting, but are not divinely inspired rule books for me.  

Started a new webpage: A Critique of Paramhansa Yogananda's Viewpoints.

 

June 3, 2004, Thursday


Walking and TaiChi/Qigong in the morning.  Yoga at night.  


"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. 
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... 
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination."
-  Norman Vincent Peale


Really busy at work - little time or energy for much else.  

I have been reading the following two books very carefully the past two weeks.  

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga.  By Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters).  Includes 
information on philosophy, meditation, postures, diet, breathing, routines, and health.  Nevada
City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers, c 2002.  Includes audio CD disk.   Index, glossary,
471 pages.  This book is in a spiral binding so it can be used as a workbook/textbook.  
ISBN: 156589166X.  


Autobiography of a Yogi.   By Paramhansa Yogananda.  Reprint of the Philosophical Library
1946 First Edition.   The Original Unaltered Edition.  New York, Philosophical Library, 
1946.  Reprinted by Crystal Clarity Publishers, Nevada City, CA, 1995.  Index, 481 pages.
 ISBN:1565891082.  

 

June 2, 2004, Wednesday

 

Updated the Northern California T'ai Chi Ch'uan Directory.  

Walking and qigong at dawn, weightlifting and yoga at night.

On the plateau.  Nothing dramatic.  Just doing it!  Learing Wild Goose Qigong.

"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."
-  Richard B. Sheridan

 

 

June 1, 2004, Tuesday



Updated the Wild Goose Qigong Directory.

Walking and qigong at dawn, weightlifting and yoga at night.

"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you."
-  Denis Waitley

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Aging Well   

Alphabetical Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website   

Ancient Goddesses - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs

Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung      

Bear, Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

The Bear: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Bibliography - Ch'i Kung

Bibliography - Taijiquan     

Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)

Breathing and Taijiquan     

Breathing and Yoga    

Breathwork

Buddhism and Martial Arts    

Buddhist Ethics

California (Northern) T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information

Charkas (Energy Centers of the Subtle Body)

Chan Ssu Chin - Silk Reeling    

Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901-1975)    

Chen Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Ch'i - Breathwork

Ch'i or Qi

Ch'i Kung: Bibliography and Links    

Ch'i Kung Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California   

Chinese Massage

Ch'i or Qi and Taijiquan     

Classes, Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Instructional Program

Classics of T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Cloud Hands: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Ch'i Kung     

Cloud Hands T'ai Chi Ch'uan Journal     

Cold Mountain Poets: Wanderers, Mystics, and Sages     

Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu)  (551 - 479 BCE)   

Crane - Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)

Crane, Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan   

Cuttings: Short Poems by Michael P. Garofalo  

Cuttings: Above the Fog  

Dance and Taijiquan       

Dayan - Wild Goose Qigong

The Deer: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Diabetes Therapy - Exercise: Taijiquan and Qigong   

Disclaimer of the Cloud Hands Website  

Eight Section Brocade Ch'i Kung       

Eight Silken Treasures Qigong    

Eight Trigrams and Taijiquan          

Embrace the One - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Emptiness in Full Bloom    

Entering Tranquility (Ru Jing) Meditation      

Exercise - Diabetes Therapy - Taijiquan and Qigong   

Feedback, Kudos and Reviews for the Cloud Hand's Website     

Fitness and Well Being    

Fitness for Older Persons     

Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Five Precepts of Buddhism     

Five Elements (Wu-Xing) and Taijiquan   

Five Stepping Movements of Taijiquan    

Flexibility and Stretching

Flowers

Flowers in the Sky     

Gardening: Quotes, Poems, History, Sayings

The Four Gates: Grasping the Sparrow's Tail    

Michael P. Garofalo's Biography

Michael P. Garofalo's T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

The Goddess - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs    

Goose - Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)  

Goose - Wild Goose Qigong             

Grasping the Sparrow's Tail          

Green Way Research        

Green Way Research - Taijiquan and Qigong        

Gu Shen Taijiquan Journal     

Gu Shen (Valley Spirit) Taijiquan Instructional Program

Haiku and Short Poems     

Hatha Yoga

Health and Fitness - T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan   

Index to the Cloud Hands Website

Instructional Program, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Kriya Yoga    

Kundalini (Coiled Serpent) Energy

Kwang Ping Taijiquan of Kuo Lien Ying     

Links and Bibliography: Qigong    

Links and Bibliography: Taijiquan       

Long Form 108 Yang Style Taijiquan     

Massage

Master Chang San-Feng  (circa 1350)       

Master Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901 - 1975)    

Master Han Shan  (circa 750)    

Master Kuo Lien Ying     

Master Sun Lu-Tang   

Mastery, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power, Strength of Character

Meditation - General

Meditation and Breathing

Meditation and Walking    

Meditation Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Meditation Methods and Techniques  

Meditation Quotations    

Meditation - Standing Like A Tree  

Meditation - Wu Ji - The Edge of Emptiness  

Michael P. Garofalo's T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

Minding the Breath

Months of the Year: Quotes, Poems, Links     

Moving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Northern California T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information

Nature Mysticism   

Nine Movement Temple Ch'i Kung Exercise Set

Oak Tree in the Courtyard    

Older Persons Exercise and Well Being Programs   

Oregon T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information   

Original Cloud Hands URL    

Original Waving Hands Like Clouds URL

Pranayama: Breathing Techniques from Yoga     

Private Instruction by Michael P. Garofalo, Instructional Programs

Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Qigong: Bibliography and Links    

Qigong - Breathwork

Qigong Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Qigong Walking      

Qi or Ch'i and Taijiquan     

Raja Yoga

Red Bluff, Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program

Relaxation and Taijiquan     

Reviews of the Cloud Hand's Website     

Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power    

Self-Massage

Senior Citizens Fitness Programs  

Sensing Hands: Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Shoong, Sung, Song  - Loose, Relaxed, Open, Yielding, Responsive     

Short Form, Yang Style, Beijing Simplified 24

Silk Reeling    

Simplified 24 From, Yang Style       

Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Soulful Gardening

Speaking to the Spirit Meditation

The Spirit of Gardening    

Staff Weapons: Jo, Bo, Can, Staff, Spear    

Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Standing Like A Tree - Zhan Zhuang

Standing Meditation (Wu Ji)

Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Stork - Bird - Five Animal Frolics

Strength Training    

Stretching and Flexibility

Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website

Sun Lu-Tang   

Sun Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Swordsmanship and T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

T'ai Ch'i Classics      

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Diabetes

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Bibliography and Links     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information, Workshops      
Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form, Beijing Simplified 24, Yang Style     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Links and Bibliography      

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Staff     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Sword (Jian)     

Taijiquan: Bibliography and Links      

Taijiquan - Breathwork

Taijiquan Classics      

Taijiquan For Good Health, Fitness and Vitality         

Taijiquan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Taijiquan Jian (Sword)     

Tantric Yoga

Taoism, Nature Mysticism, Alchemy      

Temple Qigong - A Nine Movement Exercise Set     

Thirteen Postures: 8 Gates and 5 Steps                  

Thirteen Treasures Walking Qigong       

The 300 Missing Poems of Han Shan      

The Tiger: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Tiger, Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Tree Qigong - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree   

Trees - Quotations, Poems, Lore, Wisdom  

24 From, Yang Style, Standard       

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Club        

Valley Spirit Taijiquan Journal     

Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program

Vancouver, B.C., T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools

Vitality, Health and Qigong   

Walking - General Fitness Exercise

Walking and Taijiquan     

Walking - Quotations     

Washington T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information 

Waving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Wild Goose Qigong

Will Power, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Strength of Character

Wu Ji - Standing Meditation

Yang Style Taijiquan Long Form 108 Movements     

Yang Style Taijiquan Short Form 24 Movements       

Yin-Yang Sensitivity Training: Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Yoga   

Yoga - Breathwork

Yoga - Hatha   

Yoga - Kriya

Yoga -Tantric

Yoga-Taiji Index

Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Zen Poetry       

Zen Buddhist Quotations   

 

 

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Club


Red Bluff, Tehama County, North Sacramento Valley, Northern California, U.S.A.
Cities in the area: Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Hamilton City, Orland, Willows, 
Corning, Rancho Tehama, Los Molinos, Tehama, Proberta, Gerber, Manton, Cottonwood,
Anderson, Shasta Lake, Palo Cedro, Igo, Ono, Redding, Shasta, Dunsmuir,
Shingletown, Burney, Mt. Shasta City, Weaverville, Yreka, Williams, Colusa,
Chester, Susanville, Weed, Gridley, Marysville, Yuba City, CA, California.

 

June 13, 2004

 

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