2012, the year of the Dragon was an interesting year indeed. We witnessed many examples of transformation and change, good and bad, as well as apocalyptic failures of apocalyptic predictions, and a continuing slide (or fall) down an ever deepening crevasse of uncertainty and moral deprivation. In this review, however, we will focus on some of the positive events this past year.
- Australian research proved that Qigong helped Cancer patients. A University of Sydney research project confirms that “Cancer patients who used [Qigong] a combination of gentle exercise and meditation experienced significantly higher well-being levels, improved cognitive functioning and less inflammation compared to a control group… which deteriorated in all of these areas. (The University of Sydney, Australia).”
- A NJ University launches a research program to investigate the benefits Tai Chi provides Breast Cancer patients. The college is offering Tai Chi classes through the Physical Therapy department’s research program, and is hopeful that Tai Chi will deliver the same extraordinary results it has for many people suffering from similar conditions. Specifically, the college wants to see if taking Tai Chi classes twice per week for eight weeks will reduce or eliminate the participant’s joint pain allowing them to complete the five year aromatase inhibitor medication schedule.
- PBS finally produces a Tai Chi program which aired nationally rather than the usual regional Qigong or Tai Chi specials. “It’s a historic moment for the Tai Chi community in the U.S., because this is the first time that PBS has produced a program on Tai Chi Quan at the national level. Previously, four Tai Chi programs (not counting the qigong shows) were produced at local or regional levels and distributed throughout public broadcasting stations (Violet Li).”
- Shaolin Temple began the construction of its permanent Museum. Any martial artist or fan of China’s Kung Fu movies knows that the Shaolin Temple is one of the most important and influential, universities and training grounds in the world. The temple, built between 477-495 C.E., has a very long history of producing some of the best martial artists in the world…
- A farmer traveled from China to London on a rickshaw to help spread the Olympic spirit. He traveled through more than 16 countries over the course of 2 years. The 57 year old stated, “I came to support and cheer all the people from all over the world who are participating in the sports, I’m volunteering, I’m not looking for a reward.”
- YoSan University honored Robert Downey Jr. for his dedication to Chinese Martial Arts and Medicine. Robert Downey Jr. was honored with the 2012 Robert Graham Visionary Award by Yo San University.
- National Taoism Examiner shared the Taoist secret of how to use the five tastes to prolong life and improve health. Food pyramids…How many have there been over the years, use to be one, now we have, what 5, 10, 12….How many will we have in 10 years—-20? Who can eat 5 fruits every day, plus 4 servings of grains, plus meat, plus vegetables, plus-plus-plus…? It is frustrating I know…
- Were Jesus and Lao Tzu expressing the same message? In the spirit of honoring Jesus, you are presented with an intriguing question: Are the similarities between Jesus and the Taoist sage Lao Tzu merely coincidental or are they expressing the same message?
- Improve your health with one of the world’s oldest healing formulas. In the article “White rice is the great equalizer”, rice soup was mentioned as the first healing formula listed in the Huangdi Neijing, (over 5,000 years ago). Rice plays an integral role in Taoism as well as Chinese food therapy and Classical Chinese Medicine. Not only will rice bring any meal to a natural acid/alkaline balance, it also serves as the base/foundation for healing recipes.
- Red meat can be good for you. You may have heard on the news that, according to Harvard Medical Researchers, eating red meat is now… bad for you. CNN’s health.com had a detailed article by Anne Harding listing all the cons of eating red meat, even several promoting a vegetarian diet. What was missing from the article, however, was any mention of the potential benefits of meat in general and red meat in particular.
There were many examples of positive things that occurred this past year, most of which, ironically never made it into the mainstream news or the 24 hour infotainment stations. Let’s us all commit to making 2013, the Year of the Snake, a year where we focus on the inner development/cultivation of our body-mind and spirit.
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