I am the anti-Taoist

As most of you know (because you’ve been on it at one time or another), I offer an introductory email list for my Tai Chi and Qigong course. It’s a series of emails that introduces new people to the unique approach to Chi Development we take in our ChiFusion program. One email I send to …

Politics is unmindful? Gee, who knew?

We were talking earlier this month about politics, since it was mid-term elections in the U.S. I found an article not too long ago on The Atlantic website on politics. It was entitled “How Politics Breaks Our Brains.” Specifically, the article focused on partisanship in American political views. A team at New York University (NYU) …

Themes vs. meta-themes

I just finished my first draft of the December newsletter yesterday. (For those of you who are new, I’m talking about Mindful Masters. This is our paper-and-ink newsletter that is not found anywhere on the internet, but delivered by mail right to your door.) I still need to go through my draft. I need to …

Meta-themes – we nailed it

Yesterday’s message was about the new name for the fourth and final level of the Extended Conscious Self. We’re now calling this the “life meta-theme” level. The prefix “meta-” means “after, beyond, about.” Or “even above and beyond.” The second part of “meta-theme” is “theme,” a word often used in art, music, and literature. A …

Yes and a fist pump

As I mentioned last week, we are now starting work in Mindful Masters on the fourth and final level of the Extended Conscious Self (ECS). This is a level I had been calling “life theme.” But last week, I did a few web searches. And I found a number of other teachers and life coaches …

Our mindful future

On Monday, in answering an email from our Mindful Masters, I wrote a little about our future plans for the paper-and-ink newsletter. And I’ve had more than a few Mindful Masters email this week wanting to know more about these future plans.   You see, last December, in the newsletter, we started exploring exploring the …

Getting your insides excited

In yesterday’s email, I mentioned that we are about to start a new level of the Extended Conscious Self exploration. This is the level of “life theme.” I got this response from one of our Mindful Masters: “Yea, for beginning ‘Life Themes’! (I don’t know what that means, but my insides got all excited, so …

Expectant-but-open waiting

In the November issue of Mindful Masters, we looked at “directed intention” mindfulness exercises. These are exercises where we ask for specific help and advice directly from our True/No Self. It could be help with specific problems we’re having. Or more general advice about certain areas of our lives. Or just questions we have about …

Grassroots mindfulness

After Friday’s email about “mindful voting,” one of our Mindful Masters emailed me:   ——– Hi Al, I had a chuckle this morning when I read about how you convinced your parents to vote for George McGovern in 1972. I was attending my final year at University of Calif, Davis, and I did some campaigning …