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Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

Your Mind-Body Toolkit for Optimization of Wellbeing

man practicing tai chi

Your mind-body toolkit consists of practices that lead to the cultivation of self-efficacy and self-mastery. The first thing in the toolkit is the practice of tai chi, which leads to the cultivation of good body mechanics, energy generation, and relaxed awareness. Tai chi as taught in my College of Marin class in Kentfield, California, and practiced each day enhances the ability to live from a place of...
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Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

Who Gets Sick and Why?

Why Me?


Almost everyone I have ever known who was diagnosed with cancer or any other serious chronic medical condition wondered: “Why me?” Most people think they may have done something to cause the disease. To make matters worse, well-meaning friends often ask questions that imply that the disease could have been caused by a particular diet, activity, exposure—or worst of all, by negative thinking. Although mystery is a popular form of fiction, in our real...
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Happiness & Wellbeing

How to Use the Mind to Optimize Health and Well-Being?

There are many people who have a very poor genetic profile, have been exposed to environmental toxins, and yet, remain healthy well into old age. I began to wonder if there was something in their personalities or behaviors that allowed them to beat the odds and remain healthy when the deck was stacked against them. The answer turned out to be a very clear yes. Although the detailed research on my findings appear in my book,...
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Happiness & Wellbeing

How to Be Happier

In the last twenty years, epidemiological studies have consistently revealed a strong association between certain behaviors and health & wellbeing. This article is about those specific behaviors.

How healthy are your relationships? If you answer no to more than half of the questions below, you are in good company. Most people would not be able to answer yes to all these questions. However, you can improve
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Happiness & Wellbeing

What Is The Fastest Way To Get Calm And Centered?

Trying to figure out what is wrong


For decades, whenever I would find myself in stressful family situations, I would try to figure out exactly why certain people pushed my buttons and how to think about the situation or relationship in a different way in order to be more calm and centered when in proximity of that person. It was exhausting! Finally, I came to the conclusion that by using mindful, slow diaphragmatic breathing, I could actually...
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