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Instinct of Our Soul

human handAccording to Chun-Bu-Kyung, the oldest text of Korean tradition of Tao, we all come from "One" and return to "One" which has no beginning and no ending. That means that we are all brothers and sisters and it is very natural to help and love each other. 

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Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Fifth Chakra, Chakra of Communication and Change

depiction of throat chakra in the human bodyby Genia Sullivan

"Everybody needs a voice. This is true externally, in relationships and in politics, and internally, as we develop our inner voice that guides us through life." Excerpt from Ilchi Lee’s Healing Chakras
 

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Posted on: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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4th Chakra Wellness

depiction of chakras in the human bodyby Genia Sullivan

Tao principles guide you to open, connect to, and listen to the 4th chakra, also known as the heart chakra or home of your true self. The reason is because a healthy 4th chakra is the key chakra for holistic health. How does the 4th chakra affect your body, mind, and spirit? 

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Posted on: Friday, February 28, 2014

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Impermanence

dirt path at Sedona Mago RetreatIf there's one thing that doesn't change, it is the fact that everything changes. In the Korean tradition of Tao, this is called impermanence.

Impermanence is the very nature of things. Realizing that nothing is permanent is the true beginning of enlightenment. Suffering comes from attachment that wants to hold something permanently that is not permanent in its intrinsic nature. Awakening to the truth of impermanence frees you from attachment.

Impermanence, instead of diminishing the value of things, makes us deeply appreciate the significance and preciousness of our experience at the present moment.

(excerpts from Change, by Ilchi Lee)

 

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Posted on: Thursday, February 20, 2014

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What Is Mindfulness?

woman being mindful at Meditation Lake at Sedona Mago Retreatby Emily Malave
Tao Guide at the Tao Healing Center
Chandler, Arizona


Mindfulness is a mental state we can all achieve which has numerous benefits to our health and well-being, such as reducing our stress, boosting our working memory, increasing our relationship satisfaction, and even reducing our emotional reactivity (Davis & Hayes, 2012). According to Davis and Hayes (2012), mindfulness is “a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment.”  Mindfulness has often been emphasized in spiritual practices, such as Tao yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation. 

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Posted on: Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Desire and Patience is Key to Beginning a Meditation Practice

participant meditating during a meditation retreat at Sedona Mago Retreatby Genia Sullivan

“Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries - yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease.” 1  

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Posted on: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Yes, You Can Meditate

Mount Everest from Base Camp Oneby Genia Sullivan

A friend and I were sitting in my living room. It had been a whirlwind of a weekend, and I was feeling the need to meditate. I suggested we meditate together. He had no prior experience and seemed truly convinced that he could not meditate, even with meditation techniques that I said I would show him.  

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Posted on: Saturday, February 08, 2014

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Point of View

raven in flightby Jay Stinnett

I had the pleasure of escorting Virgil J. Nez, a remarkable Navajo artist, around the Sedona Mago Retreat grounds. Virgil leads traditional native ceremonies with his brothers. We were exploring their using our land as a possible location. 

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Posted on: Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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