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    The Meta Arts Magazine Department Contacts Publishers Editorial Advertising Sales Graphic Design Promotion Dept Employment Contact Us Legal Notices Creating Bridges Spirituality Philosophy Holiday Stress Is it the time of year or is it the time of man by Bill Douglas Life seems to compress as the holidays get closer and this shows us in no uncertain terms how intense our lives have become Holidays put normal life into hyper speed but really our lives in general are now in hyper speed anyway which can make the holidays seem almost unmanageable However there is hope if we can understand the problem Research indicating that change is stressful even good change explains why the holidays are so stressful as we are taken out of normal routines and challenged to perform in new and abnormal ways during holidays Furthermore modern life in general is changing at a mind numbing pace So how do we adapt to change more healthfully T ai Chi Qigong tips for loosening your grip on the holidays and on life in general include remembering to breathe Right now place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth and then think of relaxing your torso open from the bottom abdominal area to allow the lower lungs to fill with air observing as they fill up through the top as the upper chest inflates Good Now on the sighing exhale observe your body relaxing the breath out from the top of your lungs all the way down to the bottom as your abdominal muscles relax back in fully expending the air from the bottom of the lungs Repeat this allowing the lungs to fill from the bottom all the way up to the top and then relaxing the air out of the body from the top of the chest down to the upper pelvic muscles Although at first it seem as though the torso muscles work to expand the torso open for air and then forcing the air out little by little as you relax open to the breath every atom of your being relaxes open to be breathed effortlessly Every muscle in your head face shoulders and torso begins to let go as though the breath were breathing you and all you need to do is let go a little more with each sighing exhale The tip of the tongue placed on the roof of the mouth allows the breath in more gradually rather than in one big open throated gush Studies show this slow gradual inhale and exhale oxygenates the body much more effectively As you breathe in the full breaths with the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth your entire being relaxes open to the lightness of air even the bones organs brain and heart Then as you exhale every atom of your being can let go of everything it holds onto to release the loads and burdens of the mind heart and body to be exhaled into a healing

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    them from any responsibility to contribute back to others beyond their immediate daily experience Sociologists find that heavily Republican cities are often not very large donors to charities per capita rated by income Why Because they cannot see their connection with the larger society This linear non complex way of viewing the world has disastrous consequences for all of us It costs our nation much money Two examples healthcare and prison care which are heavily contributing to our national debt Most of the uninsured poor end up using very expensive emergency care facilities anytime they get sick The cost of this expensive crisis medicine is picked up by tax payers at the these public often county facilities If tax payers joined together to provide public healthcare much like a national Medicare system we could have healthcare for all without paying anymore for it according to Presidential Candidate Representative Dennis Kucinich So we wrack up endless and needless national debt for unnecessary healthcare costs simply because right wingers with the help of the corporate media establishment convince people that we save money by denying millions access to normal medical care On the prison side we spend twice as much to send a child to prison as we would to send the same child to Harvard University This is profound when you realize that we in America incarcerate more of our people than any nation on the face of the earth per capita And this is outrageous when you realize that much of it is completely unnecessary and avoidable How is it unavoidable you may ask Head Start is a nationally funded pre school program for poor children Research indicates it reduces a child s likelihood of ending up in the penal system while increasing the child s likelihood of ending up in college A college student is likely to pay taxes and contribute to society while a prisoner is likely to be an ongoing burden to society throughout his her life Despite it s success Head Start has never been fully funded in America and in fact less than half of those qualified have ever gotten it even though we know that it saves us enormous sums of money Why is this Right wingers have fought fully funding Head Start while fighting for endless construction of prisons This is like pouring gasoline to put out a fire But we are not talking about logic here We are discussing a psychosis of disjointed non complex awareness that is referred to as right wing thinking It is shared by many in Congress but also in our television news pundits who bully and force guests into quick decisive answers to complex problems If they can t give a 3 second sound byte solution to a global or national problem then they don t deserve our attention is the Chris Matthews Bill O Reilly right wing psychosis we ve allowed to form into what passes for our national dialogue Fair Media found that leading up

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    fast moving population is seeking not only health fitness but serenity Serenity may sound superficial in today s busy world but that aspect of Tai Chi may be why it is increasingly utilized in healthcare corporate wellness education and even in prison and drug rehabilitation programs The current hubbub about Tai Chi Qigong may be that we are only now seeing the breaking of a tsunami wave of growing evidence unearthed by western medical research that has been quietly building for the last decade Qigong is a Traditional Chinese medical health practice that directly translated means breathing exercise or energy exercise Tai Chi is a sophisticated form of moving qigong which involves a series of choreographed movements done in a relaxed and flowing way Both have gained increasing attention by western medical researchers in the last decade that has been gaining steam and resulted in more research dollars going toward discovering their benefits The National Institute of Mental Health has increased funding to further research these ancient yet modern health techniques A couple of such study s findings one a ten year study through Harvard Yale and Emory Universities stunned researchers when they discovered that the gentle slow relaxing low impact Tai Chi improved the balance of practitioners profoundly reducing their risk of falling by 47 5 Another found that Tai Chi offered significant cardiovascular benefits roughly the same benefits as moderate impact aerobics Yet another study sited in the Hawaii Medical Journal asserted that Tai Chi increased breathing capacity and relieved back and neck aches in practitioners The pain relief and low impact aspects of Tai Chi was good news for everyone but offered even more hope for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis RA Tai Chi being a weight bearing exercise offered the potential advantages of stimulating bone growth and strengthening connective tissue The only concern was if they RA sufferers could handle a weight bearing exercise without exacerbation of joint symptoms The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reported on a study that found RA sufferers practicing a specially tailored form of Tai Chi suffered no significant exacerbation of joint symptoms This was great news not just for RA sufferers but for all maturing baby boomers looking for a health regimen that is kind to the joints Surprisingly given its gentle nature Tai Chi burns a significant amount of calories as well 280 per hour To understand how significant this is realize that down hill skiing burns about 350 per hour Yet Tai Chi is gentle enough to be done in business clothes in the office without even breaking a sweat Which is one reason Tai Chi and Qigong are increasingly being used in corporate wellness programs However there are perhaps even more important reasons Tai Chi is being used not only in corporate wellness but health care education and even prisons and drug rehabilitation institutions Tai Chi provides a grouping of benefits that helps reduce productivity losses in employees may reduce health care costs preemptively enable

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    to heal people at all levels At www worldtaichiday org you ll also explore the usage of T ai Chi Qigong for a host of social problems from preventing and reducing child or spousal abuse to reducing police brutality Stress is at the core of many if not most of our personal social and global problems When we are calm we see options that cannot fit into a tight stressed consciousness As you read through the various sections at www worldtaichiday org the mind begins to expand open to see a vast hope for simple answers to complex problems The site is a clarion call for compassion and healing The goal is to facilitate communication between these researchers practitioners counselors curious or ailing indivuduals etc so that they can expedite the expansion and boost the effectiveness of such programs Constantly re inventing the wheel is slowing down the spread of these much needed personal growth technologies The healing community desperately needs to have a venue to share information successes failures and constantly innovative and natural approaches to social healing www worldtaichiday org has become such a hub ALL World T ai Chi Qigong Day services are FREE in order to expedite the spread of the valuable information the site offers All listings and searches are free The new site also offers schools and teachers a free teaching manual and ways to generate income through their health and healing teaching so that they can use the resources to expedite humanities access to the information and benefits of T ai Chi Qigong Why is this necessary Our market driven economy has found us in precarious position Pharmaceutical companies are driving much of the advertising on American television The more people need drugs the more profit is made Many drugs do not heal but they lessen the symptoms of existing ailments and this is a prescription for a collapsing healthcare economy as baby boomers age T ai Chi Qigong and other natural health modalities are aimed at actually healing the problem Medical research reveals there is much promise in this for lessening suffering illness and medical costs However people hear precious little about natural health modalities Therefore a new venue is needed whereby individuals health professionals and natural health professionals can come together to share emerging research anecdotal successes and teaching information to make this important information more available to the public at large The new World T ai Chi Qigong Day Chatrooms Bulletin Boards and Chatroom Events Calendar are designed to provide this venue The next step is to connect people with T ai Chi Qigong teachers in local communites Most schools and teachers cannot advertise Therefore World T ai Chi Qigong Day s worldwide directory of teachers schools and associations provides individuals to find contact information for such in their local areas Again all these services are a free public service at www worldtaichiday org World T ai Chi Qigong Day will soon unveil a translation ability so that the web

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    2 000 years of research so they have a deep science behind them which focuses on stress dynamics Stress for the most part is the result of clinging to perceptions behaviors that are no longer effective while being pounded by the endless rushing waves of change trying to wash us to a more appropriate future T ai Chi and Qigong are a mind body system for teaching us how to unlock our grip on the past so that we can flow more easily into the challenges and vast possibilities of the future By practicing T ai Chi s relaxed motions regularly we teach the mind and body how to release their grip on life melting tensions from the tissue of the body as the heart and circulatory system relax open to greater function and the increased microcirculation feeds organs including the brain and nerves the needed oxygen and nutrients more effectively while deeply cleansing the toxins and lactic acids from the deep skeletal muscles acids which produce anxiety in us when they are allowed to build up through the normal stresses of the day So the physical and emotional benefits although profound and powerful are only the tip of the iceberg of what T ai Chi offers Our performance potential may be radically expanded as this repeated pattern of physical emotional and mental letting go that T ai Chi s gentle movement promotes provides a microcosmic model of our lives whereby we learn to more and more easily let go of outmoded ways of experiencing and reacting to the world In this way we do not hold onto old prejudices or perceptions that prevent us from evolving into behavior that deals with the real current world rather than the old world that was yesterday last year or last decade This enables T ai Chi practitioners to be on the cutting edge of new technology diet etc to maximize health abundance and also spiritual well being Religious prophets often emphasized the need to forgive and let go of the past This is a moral issue that heals but it is also very practical advice for anyone who wants to make the most out of their lives Business people who do not use up precious time or energy holding grudges or bemoaning relationships or business plans that don t or didn t work but rather allowing their energy to constantly prod and reach and expand to finding what DOES work are obviously way ahead of the game T ai Chi s motions when done in the right frame of mind bring the lofty ideals prophets have shared with us down to the real politic of our physical being The cells of the body begin to enjoy the feeling of constantly letting go of whatever we hold physically mentally or emotionally in the form of tension This promotes a sense of feeling comfortable diving into a constant state of newness Often we feel fear from change and will unconsciously hold onto old ways

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    rent my heart into thousands of brilliant pieces all aching and limitless I saw in that instant that all human agony is so often self inflicted because our minds are unable to unlock from patterns of the past that no longer nurture I felt the limitless hope that exists just beneath the thin veneer we think of as reality and my heart nearly burst with sorrow knowing that all that we hope for our loved ones is so tangible so achievable and yet so unattainable only because on some level we choose not to relax open to the limitless grace God offers us every instant of every expanding moment of our lives The clutching of oil that unleashes wars sucking the creativity and resources away from development of technologies that open doorways to limitless free and clean energy are manacles we bind ourselves with The prisons we endlessly lock our children away in are walls that imprison us from the boundless creativity squeezed within the troubled souls we could be nurturing Compassion could solve so many of the problems we see as insurmountable and love holds the key to so many of the vault doors that hold miracles limitless and unimaginable behind their tumblers of consciousness I saw it I felt this truth welded into the atoms of my soul Manna from heaven waits just beyond the thin membranes of our tight consciousness if we can as a human race let go and breathe release our grip on fear and hate and realize that we are all one many cells of the same living breathing miracle of humanity Separation an illusion so easily seen through if we but let go of the squeezing clutching fearing doubt THEN SUDDENLY in the midst of my expansion I became afraid of this unknown limitlessness the angel had unlocked in me and in the instant I feared the light I had become collapsed I hurtled downward and backward slamming back into my body as if some giant cosmic vault door had slammed shut and found myself gasping for breath sitting bolt upright in my bed From that moment on I began to re define me Seeing fear as a doorway to walk thru rather than a prison wall It has changed everything I wrote a poem about this event this angelic message and I offer it to you below It is entitled An Awakening An Awakening life had the appeal of a West Texas jail til the siren of life dropped her ten thousand veils And the TRUTH that is me no longer whimpered but WAILED Like a million volcanoes neath King Triton s mad gales Through the womb of a dream I redefined me I an ARMY of armies a trembling leaf on a tree Faith not the issue belief had now become ME Far beyond definitions of a word called free Beyond nightmares of Auschwitz Beyond precious Christ Beyond a mocking constipation I once referred to as life Through my eyes ALL

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    balance modern life with internal awareness which is very important for the following reason Many of us ignore the health of our gums until the dentist starts scraping away plaque or worse yet cutting away diseased gums Then of course we become conscious T ai Chi helps us to daily touch in to become conscious of our state of being so we can cleanse or floss the stress from our cellular atomic or energetic structure In my children s classes I always ask the kids the first day of class Can you feel inside your body They always answer No This is because we are not taught to be conscious of what occurs inside ourselves neither in our gums or our energy bodies So then I ask the kids if they ever get a stomach ache or a head ache they always acknowledge that indeed they do T ai Chi I explain teaches us how to feel inside ourselves everyday so that we can let go of the tensions that may have built up to become a stomach or head ache if left ignored T ai Chi is therefore not unlike a body floss In fact when you practice T ai Chi your body produces more T Cells T lymphocytes that are known to consume virus bacteria and even tumor cells T ai Chi also elevates DHEA levels which are a sign of a healthy immune system When under chronic stress the energy body tightens up and squeezes off the natural flow of healthy systems This is most commonly seen in high blood pressure where the blood vessels are compressed diminishing the pathways and causing increased blood pressure to force it through Tai Chi is known to improve microcirculation because as the energy body relaxes open the capillaries relax open and allow greater circulation relaxed and healthful circulation A big problem with many new students to T ai Chi or Qigong is that we are raised to wait for a physical crisis or pain before becoming conscious of our state of being so we put T ai Chi and Qigong in the same category as pills or shots Meaning that although new students quickly realize that they feel great when they do T ai Chi because of our unconsciousness of health we think I ll just continue to ignore how I feel everyday and then when I m not feeling well I ll do T ai Chi then and it ll make me better Actually it will make you better but it isn t the way to get the most out of T ai Chi If you floss when you haven t flossed for a long time your gums usually bleed and often you ll get a new gum infection It takes a while for the gums to toughen up However once you floss for a few days the gums seem capable of handling challenges without bleeding or swelling After you learn T ai Chi and practice it for a

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    immediately satisfying lines like an eye for an eye Of course Gandhi warned us an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind If your enemies are hungry feed them Romans 12 20 What would happen if the developed world began answering anger and destruction with kindness and development With the amount of money offered to Turkey to host troops we could end world hunger and rebuild every school in America With the price of a war on Iraq we could end world hunger AND provide healthcare to much of the world going without it build schools worldwide provide every child with education and help the world find clean renewable cheap energy alternatives in the form of solar wind hydrogen etc that would lift quality of lives worldwide and release the pressure cooker of dwindling energy sources The global call for peace that saw 50 million people fill the streets of Rome Barcelona Paris Berlin Toronto Vancouver Mexico City Tokyo Sao Paulo Washington and San Francisco leads me to believe that an opportunity is being presented to humanity The Pope and the National Council of Churches call for a peaceful solution to this crisis is an opportunity This opportunity was foreseen by a great American a warrior and a president I believe the people want peace so badly that one day governments will have to get out of their way and let them have it President Dwight Eisenhower If this global peace movement moves beyond this war and becomes a global movement for social justice demanding a globalization with a human face that values people s lives equally to profits we will have seized the opportunity to lead us through the danger of this crisis If we do not the pressure will build until our awakening occurs As Einstein

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