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VIDEO: The Spiritual Practice of Walking, Standing, Sitting and Lying Down with Cain Carroll

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 in Bodywork, Singing Dragon News, Video, Yoga

Cain Carroll, author of The Four Dignities, briefly talks about the power of Embodied Presence and the significance of approaching walking, standing, sitting and lying down as four interrelated methods of spiritual cultivation: “Cain Carroll has produced a must-have book that is essential reading for any self-respecting person on the path of self-cultivation. A wonderful

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Osmanthus – the Scent of an Oriental Autumn

Posted on October 16th, 2014 in Aromatherapy
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  In Scotland, we have just enjoyed an uncharacteristically glorious summer, full of beautiful scents. Autumn can be wonderful too, but then it is more the rich pallete of colours that we appreciate – our visual sense tends to dominate the season. Here, if we are asked to identify the scents of autumn, we might

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Singing Dragon attends the annual British Acupuncture Council conference

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The annual British Acupuncture Council conference, this year held for the first time in Daventry in Northamptonshire, took place on 26-28 September and was a great success. This was my first trip to the conference representing Singing Dragon as Senior Commissioning Editor and I was thrilled with our strong presence at the conference and to

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The Secret Rhyme on Needling ‘Barriers Within’ – acupuncture poetry translated by Richard Bertschinger

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 in Acupuncture, Ancient Wisdom Traditions, Chinese Medicine
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Read the poem… The Great Intent; Acupuncture Odes, Songs and Rhymes by Richard Bertschinger is available from the Singing Dragon website                          

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Master Zhongxian Wu provides an introduction into the history of the Dai Family Heart Mind Six Unions Martial Arts

Posted on September 26th, 2014 in Ancient Wisdom Traditions, Singing Dragon News
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In this article for Tai Chi Chuan and Oriental Arts magazine, Master Zhongxian Wu provides an introduction to the Dai Family Internal Martial Arts by deconstructing the components of its traditional Chinese name and how each affects the spiritual practice. He explains the traditional Chinese meaning of each component and how it effects the spiritual practice. Read the

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An Introduction to the Bowen Technique – extract from Using the Bowen Technique to Address Complex and Common Conditions

Posted on September 26th, 2014 in Bodywork, Complementary & alternative therapies, Disability
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In this extract, John Wilks and Isobel Knight provide an introduction into the history and general usage of The Bowen Technique using a very unusual metaphor. Read the extract… Using the Bowen Technique to Address Complex and Common Conditions is available from the Singing Dragon website.

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Singing Dragon New and Bestselling titles Autumn-Winter 2014 and 2015

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This fully interactive brochure has all of the new Singing Dragon titles for the Autumn and Winter of 2014 as well upcoming titles for 2015. In here you will find books on Chinese medicine, complementary therapies, martial arts, nutrition, yoga, ayurveda, qigong, Daoism, aromatherapy, and many more alternative therapies and ancient wisdom traditions. Click on the

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The Practice of Sitting and Forgetting

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 in Ancient Wisdom Traditions, Daoism
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Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting is an 8th century classic text on meditation by Si Ma Cheng Zhen, in his translation Wu Jyh Cherng deciphers the complex Chinese metaphors to make a practical guide  for those looking to deepen their meditation practice. In this extract Cherng looks at what is really meant by “sitting and forgetting”

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Earth element activities for children – by Karin Kalbantner-Wernicke and Bettye Jo Wray-Fears

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 in Ancient Wisdom Traditions, Chinese Medicine, Parenting
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Welcome back to the monthly series of stimulating Five Element activities that can support development of children in all ages!   If this is your first time reading our blog, you can go back to our first entry in May to view the WOOD Element activities.  All of the blogs can be downloaded in a pdf

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The right path in acupuncture needling: putting your soul in it – by Ioannis Solos

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When you look through paintings of ancient acupuncturists, you can’t help noticing that most of them hold long walking sticks or calligraphy brushes, swords, or bottle gourds. Of course, these “objects” were included in the paintings for a special reason. The pole, the sword and the calligraphy brush share many common core theories, but ultimately

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