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The Heart – Xin – Monarch of the Mind

The Heart – Xin – Monarch of the Mind

The Heart is given great importance within Traditional and Classical Chinese medicine. The character for the Heart “Xin” also encompasses the mind and emotions. Within a traditional understanding of the body, the heart was believed to be the seat and...
The Value of Belief

The Value of Belief

This article provides a counterpoint to my previous article on the value of skepticism. It emerged from another article I was writing about the placebo effect. The placebo effect is where measurable or felt improvements in health are observed following an inactive...
Guided by Wisdom

Guided by Wisdom

Something often misunderstood within eastern arts is the concept of having ‘silencing the emotions’. It does not mean you should stop having any emotions and become a robot. Rather, the teachings are discussing a state of consciousness not ruled by emotions such as;...
The Meaning of Daoism

The Meaning of Daoism

‘No sooner is a form seen than it must resemble something, humanity seems doomed to analogy’ – Roland Barthes, Barthes by Barthes In just a few words, Daoism could be defined as the study of that which cannot be talked about: ‘The Dao that can be spoken of is not the...