The meditation practice for men or women are slightly different. Both of the practices are called Jin Zwer (tranquil sitting). About the practice for men, which I had published a book, Tranquil Sitting could serve as the guidance for practice. About the practice for women, I would use master Helongxiang’s book, the combination book of elixir cultivation for women as the guidance.

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The mechanistic worldview of Rene’ Descartes (1596-1650) who reduced the empirical world to subject-object dualism is being supplanted by an integrative worldview. the new integrative worldview not only sees the observable world differently – human beings are seen in a different manner too.  No longer are persons viewed as a mere “Ghost in a Machine”, (Gilbert Ryle, 1900-1976 and Authur Koestler, 1905-1983), they are seen as unitary beings. Yakin Kaufman, M.D. said, ” PNI deals with

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Over the years as a pastoral counselor I’ve had to help persons understand that anger and self care are not compatible.  In fact they are opposite and the impact of anger upon one’s life is very destructive. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian community the following: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, . . . , be put away from you . . .”  Eph. 5:31 KJV Briefly, the word ‘bitterness’ in the

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One of the most powerful assessment instruments used by medical professionals and clinical chaplains is the HOPE Questionnaire.  It is a practical tool that was developed to help patients who stated that spirituality plays an important role in their lives, and “that there is a positive correlation between a patient’s spirituality or religious commitment and health outcomes.” The HOPE instrument addresses the following areas (Am. Fam.Physician 2001;63:81-8.89): H – sources of hope, strength, comfort, meaning, peace,love,

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One of the most fascinating documents of ancient clinical wisdom is the Proverbs or Mashal Collection of the Old Testament literature corpus. Scholars have noted the remarkable thematic resemblances between the Proverbs and the Instruction of Amememope (ca. 1300-1075 BC) another book of ancient clinical wisdom. The Proverbs emphasize wisdom as foundational for success in life.  Indeed, the term Proverbs is a transliteration of the Hebrew word Mashal which literally means superior mental action for

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One of the most powerful factors in the appropriate psycho-social development of individuals is the ability to experience and negotiate personal and global adversity. This highly important aspect of human growth and development was the subject of a study conducted by Mark D. Seery of the University of Buffalo and E. Alison Holman and Roxane Cohen Silver of the University of California at Irvine, California. The title of their study is compellingly titled: “Whatever Does Not Kill

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“He has left him for a little while.” Isa. 54:7 One of the realities that is common to all persons is the experience of the creative storm called temptation.  Dietrich Bonhoffer wrote: “Temptation is a concrete happening which juts out from the course of life.” The use of the noun ‘concrete’ in Bonhoffer’s statement is powerfully redemptive. The word ‘concrete’ is from the Latin concretus, and means to grow, or be solid; from com,-together, and

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The evidence that supports the causal link between mind-body interaction is indisputable.  “The extent to which we love ourselves determines whether we eat right, get enough sleep, smoke, wear seat belts; exercise and so on. Each of these choices is a statement of how much we care about living…self-love has come to mean only vanity and narcissism,” writes Bernie S. Siegel. Dr. Siegel also states that the above decisions control about 90 percent of the

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It is the rare individual who has never experiences temptation.  Temptation is not chaos, it is however, the threshold that threatens to undo the sacred self that one has so carefully constructed by formal education and social intercourse. The use of the term temptation is to remove a primal and intrinsic experience from the psychodynamic milieu.  Long before humans were psychological they were religious.  By this, I do not mean to lock temptation within the

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On November 2, 2002 at the Thirteenth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International federation for Psychoanalytic Education Thomas Szasz, M.D. delivered an address with the provocative title, “The Cure of Souls in the Therapeutic State.” The title of his address intrigued me because he used the timeless designation for pastoral care and practice ‘Cure of Souls.’  In his speech Szasz strips away the hallowed pseudo-medical regalia of the psychoanalytic enterprise and reveals its definitive social and professional

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