Friday, April 24, 2020

POST 445 25APR2020 Exercise Flying Swallow - Vision in Trouble Time -Tranh DONG HO no 13

POST  445    25 April 2020

   PHI-YEN DAO-VAN                

    Flying Swallow

The benefit of this exercise: flowing of intrinsic energy will dynamically clean toxic substances. Being unattached and feeling free. Optimism.
PHI-YEN is a general term for a number of  Movements (and Postures as well) related to the spirit and training method of the swallow (yên).
We use the term Movement (Chiêu) for a set of sequential patterns, a series of Postures. And the term Pose or Position (Thê) for one stationary pose.  PHI-YEN as a Movement (Chiêu) can be found , for example , in a series of forms such as Ngu-dieu-bo, Bat-dieu-bo, Thap-bat-dieu-bo, Phi-dieu, Tuyen-sinh, and as a Pose or Position (Thê) in a number of martial art training techniques and in static breathing exercises.
In TIEP-XUAN the full name of this fourth exercise is PHI-YEN DAO-VAN which can be interpreted in English as “flying swallow and swerving cloud”, or alternatively  “a flying swallow can make the cloud move”.  

1.     2. Physical form and breathing method- To do this exercise please see the attached pictures, they are numbered. Inhaling: by Tho-Phoi/lungs breathing method. The movement starts very slowly in the inhaling phase, see pictures 1, 2 and 3.     
Then there is a short holding of breath at the pose shown in the picture 4-5-6. Exhaling: by a combined lungs breathing and belly breathing method.  The exhaling phase starts with both arms , each arm drawing a circle counter-clockwise (see picture 7 and picture 8).          
The movement in this phase is accelerating in terms of speed and firm in physical action. The movement ends here. Take a normal breath, then restart the same movement with the opposite side in clockwise direction (see pictures 12 to 19).      
Terminology- We call “a set of swallow exercise” for the whole movements performed with both side (right and left). Nine sets make “a round of swallow exercise”.  One round   of PHI-YEN DAO-VAN is recommended for daily routine exercise.    

Physiology- The training of PHI-YEN DAO-VAN is well known for preventing stress which is one of the causes of high blood pressure. The stance at the end of this movement (standing on one leg) has specific effect in strengthening a number of muscles of the leg while stimulating the brain which will work to maintain the body in equilibrium. 

3.     Inner-energy and vital points- In term of inner-energy, PHI-YEN DAO-VAN is to facilitate the flows of inner-energy through the whole body thanks to the specific breathing method described above. It is important to keep in mind that in the inhaling phase inner-energy is focused toward the area called Trung-Dien which is located between the solar-plexus and the belly (Dan-Dien/Hara). Then, in the exhaling phase, intrinsic energy dynamically flowing through the whole body will clean toxic substances and remove  obstacles on its way.  
This is to be done under strong order from your brain to the organs and systems of your body. The power of your thinking is in action to command your brain. 
Vital points- There are two vital points which are already shown in the first Movement Khoi-A:
a.      C1 (Cuc-tuyen), on the Heart Meridian (Thu-Thieu-Am Tam-Kinh)
b.     R1 (Dong-tuyen)  on the Kidneys Meridian (Tuc-Thieu-Am Than-Kinh)
and an important area to keep in mind that is the Khi-hai zone located at the point Dan-dien/Hara at your belly.  

4.     Mind and Thought-  While doing this exercise  PHI-YEN DAO-VAN imagine you are freely flying as a swallow in the beautiful blue sky. Experience the feeling of being you.  Focus the thinking on your true-nature, this means strongly believe that the self in you is pure and free. Your spirit and your body are in harmony (no conflict). You fly like a swallow because you are free (being unattached) and happy (being in harmony with yourself).        
Getting back to the metaphor- Imagine how large the Milky Way is and how small the earth is in this galaxy; it is like a grain of sand in the Sahara. Compared to the earth we are small like a speck of dust. However, at the instant you are doing the PHI-YEN DAO-VAN (Flying Swallow) your thoughts can cover the whole Milky Way! As you (Flying Swallow) are viewing any object from high up in the sky, everything is small to you. So stop thinking you are small and not strong. Balance and harmony make you stronger. 

5.     Symbolism- Swallow is a symbol of Spring, Love, and Success. Confidence (self-assurance) is the spirit of swallow.

Behavior- Being a “swallow” is being in permanent springtime; being joyful and resourceful. PHI-YEN DAO-VAN advises us that we should not worry too much about all kind of small problems in our day to day activities. Do not care much about what the others say about you, care about who and the way you are.


Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan
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Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

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Concierto de Aranjuez

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 Narciso Yepes - Concierto de Aranjuez (2)


Friday, April 17, 2020

POST 444 18APR2020 SPRINGTIME -EXERCISE SON THAN The Mountain Guardian -Folk Painting

  POST 444                              18 April 2020


The Mountain Guardian

The aim and benefit of this exercise: facilitating a good flow of blood and inner energy through the whole body, becoming stronger.
Self-confidence; open-mind.

This exercise SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN also implies five related aspects as in the previous exercise.
1.     Physical form- SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN is an immobile stance as shown in the picture KHAI-QUAN at the beginning of this chapter. While in this stance, the whole body structure is still except the arms which will slightly move inward and outward  according to exhaling and inhaling respectively. Eyes are half-closed.        
Physiology- Luc phu ngu tang is - a Vietnamese medical term standing for “the six internal organs – viscera, the five internal parts - innards” also stimulated. This physiological effect is due to the breathing technique tho vo-nin-ra, and an intensive inner-working exercise as described below
2.     Breathing method-  Tho vo-nin-ra is a specific breathing technique  consisting of these three steps :
a)       Inhale, by nose, with wide thoracic movements. Simultaneously with inhaling, slowly move arms inward while keeping the whole body including legs, arms and fists relaxed.
b)       Hold the air flow for the same length of time as in the inhaling phase while very firmly contracting muscles in whole parts of body including legs, arms and fists.
c)        Exhale, by mouth, with a strong pressure on dan-dien (belly) and lungs while continuing to keep  muscles, legs, arms and fists very firm until the end of exhaling time.         
This process of breathing and exercising through the whole body is called an intensive inner-working exercise (van noi-cong chi-luc).     
You can do this SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN exercise nine times then take a break before starting another round.
3.     Inner-energy and vital points- In term of inner-energy (noi-khi), the goal of  this movement SON-THAN KHAI QUAN is to facilitate a good flow of blood and inner energy through the whole body. Moreover this is a dynamic exercise on the Conception Vessel and Governor Vessel.
Vital points- For those who are familiar with acupuncture it is good to know this exercise is related to the following vital points: 
-Conception Vessel: V1 (hoi-am),  V6 (khi-hai), V24 (thua-tuong)
-Governor Vessel: VG26 (nhan-trung), VG20 (ba-hoi), and VG4 (menh-mon)
4.     Mind and Thought- Diseases, such as cancer, can be considered as a result of some disorder throughout the human body. In many cases a strong will can help the brain in issuing powerful order to maintain balance, strengthen defence system, and even to heal diseases. This exercise re-educates the brain, the mind, and the body to develop their hidden power and make use of it.
During the breathing exercise of this movement SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN you should focus all your attention to your body and mind; do not let anything from outside, such as telephone, T.V, music distract you. While inhaling you strongly feel you are a very happy person and your body is in very good shape. While exhaling force your brain to give orders to your whole body to clean all impure elements.
5.     Symbolism- The SON-THAN/ Mountain Guardian symbolizes Protection, Strength, and Quietness.
Behavior- Be Strong, Be Happy, Be Helpful.     

SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN is a training technique for developing Inner-Force and Inner-Power. This is one selected technique from the eight techniques in a series called “Son-Than Bat The”.  It was thought that the training of “Son-Than Bat The” had originated in the school of Tam-Su (School of Three Masters) under the authority of master Nguyen-Minh-Khong who was born in the eleventh century, under King LY-Nhan-Tong (1072-1127). According to the authors of LINH NAM CHICH QUAI/Record of  Southern Land Extraordinary Stories (written in 1492 by Vu-Quynh and Kieu-Phu)  master Nguyen-Minh-Khong was a monk of the Quoc-Thanh pagoda in the district of Dai-Hoang (near Hanoi); he was a disciple of master Tu-Dao-Hanh.

SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN is a condensed term, and it is not easy for the general public to understand its deep meaning.
SON: mountain.
THAN: guardian angel, deity, or god.
KHAI = open.
QUAN = door, gate.

SON-THAN can be translated in English as Guardian-of-the-mountain, or a mountain deity, mountain god. But here, SON-THAN stands precisely for TAN-VIEN SON-THAN, a famous deity among the most famous deities of Vietnamese Shinto (Than Thanh Viet). According to the belief of Vietnamese people, he reigns over a high mountain called TAN-VIEN (about 60km north-west of Hanoi) to protect his people. The TAN-VIEN mount is also known as BA-VI mountain. In 1947, as an eleven year old boy, I had the opportunity to live for a relatively short period in this beautiful but very dangerous mountain TAN-VIEN, since tigers and snakes were not uncommon to see around. I have learned a great deal of many things from this place.

The term SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN can be interpreted as ,the Mountain Guardian opens his gate and allows us to explore the secret of his mountain, or in another way, ,the teaching of the Mountain Guardian helps you open the gate. In term of acupuncture, khai-quan also means stimulating vital points, and in this sense SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN could be understood as  inner-training method of Mountain Guardian to stimulate the circulation of energy through vital points of the body . The Exercise SON-THAN KHAI-QUAN  would  require from you much patience and persistence.

 I have heard a nice story and I like to share it with you: One day a man who was suffering by his impatience climbed a high ladder up to the sky. There, when he saw God he exclaimed with excitement for his persistent request: God, please give me patience. Give me patience, right now!



POST 444 Trang An - Ninh Binh - The World Cultural And Natural Heritage
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Trang An - Ninh Binh - The World Cultural And Natural Heritage

Cherry Blossoms & Mt.Fuji
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2020.02.18 Cherry Blossoms & Mt.Fuji

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Friday, April 10, 2020


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Beautiful Relaxing Music - Flute, Guitar & Piano Music with Birds Singing


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  POST  443                                 11 April 2020

Watering the Peach Tree


The aim and benefit of this exercise: keeping balance, feeling young and happy. Rejuvenating tonic ; longevity.
This exercise TUOI-DAO also implies five related aspects as in the previous exercise :
1.       Physical form- The movement, at the beginning and during the inhaling phase, is flowing smoothly and deeply then becomes more and more firm and strong at the exhaling phase.       
Physiology- Stimulating good function of Lungs, Small and Large Intestines.   
2.      Breathing method- Tho-Phoi-Bung: Inhale with wide thoracic movements using dynamic respiratory muscles activities; exhale with dan-dien (belly) pressure.
3.      Inner-energy and vital points- In term of inner-energy (noi-khi), the mission of  movement TUOI-DAO is to ensure the balance of PHE-DAN. This means keeping balance between the high energy flowing in the upper part of our body and the deep energy sleeping in the lower part of our body.
4.      Vital points to keep in mind are:          
-Meridian of the lungs: P5 (xich-trach),  P7 (liet-khuyet), and P11 (thieu-thuong)     
-Meridian of the large intestine: GI1 (thuong-duong), GI11 (khuc-tri), and GI20 (nghinh-huong)       
-Meridian of the small intestine: IG1 (thieu-trach), IG4 (uyen-cot), and IG8 (thieu-hai)
5.      Mind and Thought- As you are doing this movement TUOI-DAO/ WATERING THE PEACH TREE imagine you are walking on a quiet path bordered by many flowering peach trees and plum trees. Under an immense blue sky these pink flowers, the most beautiful flowers preferred by spiritual people, make you feel happy, optimistic and free. You are free to grow the way you like, to dream the most beautiful dream of your life. When doing this movements with your arms and your body you seem watering the peach tree, the tree of long life. You feel happy, and you can help others to be happy too. You can be a teacher because you can show to others something wonderful you have experienced yourself with this movement of Watering the Peach Tree.        
6.      Symbolism- In Vietnam peach tree (dao) doesn’t grow everywhere and when people can find it they take great care of the trees to obtain beautiful flowers and delicious  fruits. The peach symbolizes Longevity and the flower Spring and Love.
7.      Behavior- “Watering the peach tree” teaches us that for obtaining good things in life we have to work for it, with patience and perseverance. But working with pleasure. You can change your mind and your world just by smiling each time you see flowers of peach tree, or any flower.

The dream of reaching immortality was almost universal, especially in Asia. In ancient time, supposedly there were two ways to realize this: the chemical process, we now label it as alchemy, and the natural process which was what we nowadays might call as a magical “green” way.
 The famous emperor Qin Shi-Huang/ Tan Thuy-hoang (3rd Century BCE), the one who had ordered the construction of the Great Wall at the cost of millions souls, followed a chemical process by administering every day to himself a very small dose of arsenic. After a few years, as a result, he really reached immortality. Not on earth but under the earth, in an immense tomb kept secret for twenty two centuries!
Regarding the magical green way, people believed in some place elsewhere it existed a specific one thousand year old peach tree which took one hundred years to produce a unique peach called Dao-bat-tu/The immortal peach.
Who eats it will become immortal. And legend has it. Once, many centuries ago, a man came to a royal court offering a pretended Immortal Peach to the king.
While the king has not yet looked at the precious fruit, one of his ministers had swiftly grasped the Immortal Peach and rapidly ate it. The king became furious and ordered to execute the minister.
Going in the knees he implores the king to have mercy:
Majesty! I am innocent. This man pretended his peach was an immortal peach; I just ate it and now my life is in trouble. So yours too, Majesty, had you eaten this peach. We should punish those who preach untrue believes to our society and reward those who dare risking their life for discovering the truth. The good king listened, nodded and laughed nicely.

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