Friday, October 23, 2020

MMTCA November Newsletter 2020


"Then calm your mind and breathe slowly and deeply without holding your breath."

-Master T.T. Liang

Happy Holiday Season! And we have snow for them all, oh joy! Well, the outdoor practice season is officially over, I'm really going to miss it in about two weeks...

Two lessons for the cold weather, one is to use empty steps when walking outside, take out insurance against slippery under-footing. Also, even though it is uncomfortable, relax when you feel cold. If you tense up when you feel cold, you will block your circulation, and feel uncomfortable anyway. Try to relax, breath smoothly and deeply, and let your body heat up. Nose breathing is a must!

Book suggestion = City of Lingering Splendor by John Blofeld

I will be posting from Asheville, and Duluth ,with lessons and updates. Stay safe, keep calm, relax, be hopeful, and try to up your sitting meditation game. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Your feedback on my posts, books, and lessons sustain me in ways big and small. Namaste!

A bow from the waist,


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you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you,

from the inside,

when all else falls away."

-from The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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Friday, October 16, 2020

MMTCA Mid-month Check In, October 2020

 "This world is so filled with tension, noise, politics, danger. It seems half the population in the big cities has become half crazed by it all. Have you ever tried to avoid these things? How?"

-Master T.T. Liang writing in 1977, his answer...TAI-CHI!

Where has the time gone? It's already halfway through October! What a lovely month of Fall colors. As I write this, we are supposed to get snow tomorrow. I will go to the park tomorrow, the 17th, and next week the 24th. After that, we are done for the season. Thank you for joining me for such relaxing and beautiful practices by the river.

I filmed lesson 7 for the Small Heavenly Circle meditations. I will now make a few lessons for practicing inside. I have archival movies to send to you and have other lesson ideas. I will do a zoom class sometime in the next few months.

Netflix has two documentaries I think you will find educational, entertaining, and filled with hope. Kiss The Ground, and My Teacher The Octopus, check them out!

I will be going to North Carolina at the end of the month to visit the Monkey King, Big Brother Paul Gallagher. I will still post on Patreon and Youtube while I'm gone.

Thank you so much for your support. If you want to subscribe to my Patreon page go to:

Book suggestion= A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda by Margaret Runyan Castaneda

A got my new wooden Taiji sword from Little Raven studio. It is exceptional craft and work, the balance is perfect, and it looks beautiful! I got the Ching Jian with purpleheart handles.

Stay safe, healthy, and try to disconnect from the tension of the election. Vote, but let it go after. Your health and sanity are far more valuable than fighting on Facebook!! I'll write the November newsletter in the Eastern Mountains, over the hills, where the spirits fly....