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Meditation on a Mother's Nourishment

organic produce growing in a greenhouse at Sedona Mago RetreatSome Chinese Medicine texts teach that while the physical stomach and spleen digest our food, their energetic job is to change the food into 'post-natal' energy. This description offers an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to the earth.  

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Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Walking the Healing Garden at Springtime

woman meditating at Meditation Lake at Sedona Mago RetreatWalking the Mago Healing Garden in spring, could there be anything more delightful? Letting go of everything is very easy here. It just gives me the feeling of coming home to Mother Earth. Naturally, everything that seemed to matter and made me worry or agonize melts away in an instant, leaving my mind clear and calm.  

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Posted on: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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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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