Introduction to Taoist Longevity Breathing

Next Intro class:

Saturday 19th February 2011, 3-5pm

I will also teach a next level, follow-on class on
Sunday 20th February 2011, 3-5pm

Location for all events: Hampstead, NW3, London
Cost per event: £10

“The purpose of Taoist Longevity Breathing is to create relaxed, circular, whole-body breathing. This means Taoist Longevity Breathing can be done 24 hours a day, throughout the day, recharging your system and helping you feel more alive in every moment.” –Bruce Frantzis Continue reading

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A search engine that saves rainforest

I’ve been using Ecosia for a little while and it works well. They give 80% of advertising profit to save Amazon rainforest. This sounds like a good thing in itself, but what is even more interesting is how it might effect other companies such as Google if it becomes popular. By choosing to use products from companies that are taking a balanced approach to business, we are sending a message to the big guys that suddenly look very unevolved and uncool in comparison. Check it out…..

http://ecosia.org/how.php

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Ecosystem Economics

Whilst browsing through a newspaper the other day, looking for something interesting amidst the political drama and social gloom, I was excited to discover a double page spread on the TEEB report.

TEEB stands for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, and the report is the result of a global study on the subject, being presented at a big conference on Biodiversity, currently taking place in Japan.

It seems that at long last, more people are recognising the value of the planet which supports them. The fact is that unless corporations and governments recognise the financial value of biodiverse ecosystems, any moves towards more responsible and sustainable approaches to business will almost always be pushed aside in the pursuit of more monetary profit. Continue reading

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The Joy of Breath

Often it is the simplest and most obvious things that can make the biggest difference to life, but which are often overlooked or ignored. Good breathing is one such thing. It always sounded like a good thing to do, but until my recent 3-week training in Taoist Longevity Breathing, I had no idea how powerfully transformative it can be.

Of course I have been breathing since I was born, and although I probably breathed well as a baby, somewhere along the way I forgot how, or more accurately, my body became more closed and tense, and I became more disconnected from it.

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A ramble about the bramble

My blog has fallen into a long sleep over the summer. There are a few posts cooking that I have started, but the energy to finish them has not yet arrived. So I am changing my strategy and am going to start freeing up my creative juice by writing random posts about whatever comes to mind. And right now, blackberries are feeling pretty juicy to me. Continue reading

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Amazonian Oil Exploitation – update

This seems to be good news….. I wrote about this initiative in my earlier post on this subject, and it seemed back then that it had ground to a halt. So I am happy to see that it is moving ahead. I hope it will not be restricted to this one part of the Amazon but set a precedent for ceasing oil drilling throughout the Amazon, and other delicate ecosystems on the planet. In fact, I hope it is a first sign that oil drilling is no longer perceived as a viable activity and that we can get on with focusing on other cleaner sources of energy.

http://www.amazonwatch.org/newsroom/view_news.php?id=2137

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Oil Spill

I believe that any event or experience has many potential meanings, nothing is intrinsically good or bad. I also sense an infinite number of possible timelines leading from each moment, and that my interpretation and response to whatever that moment is presenting has an effect on the outcome. Something as powerful as the Gulf Oil Spill, has a huge impact. Whether this impact is catastrophic or not is up to all of us. Continue reading

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Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller is one of my design heroes, and a true visionary with the guiding principle… “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.”

His creative legacy can clearly be seen in the annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Here is a nice article about it, and about Buckminster himself http://uspolitics.einnews.com/article/871391-hang-on-planet-earth-help-is-on-the-way

http://www.bfi.org/
http://challenge.bfi.org/2010_Finalists


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Eckhart Tolle on the collapse of the economy

In this short video, Eckhart gives a very clear perspective on the collapse of our existing systems…….

The Current Economy

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Musings on planes, volcanoes and the future of transport

Over the past few days, whilst enjoying the sunshine on Hampstead Heath, I have been very aware of the sheer number planes crossing the sky, and their loud intrusive roar.

For five days or so last week, London was blessed with silent skies. A wondrous stillness was apparent from the lack of activity up there, that filled me with joy. Its not until all that noise stops that one realises the impact of it. And its not just the noise, it’s the whole energy of the planes and of air travel as we currently put up with it. The huge airports, the pollution, the extreme busyness up there, and the general sense of the overwhelming need to be somewhere else, fast. Continue reading

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