Every River Tells a Story

Written by Mike Clifford

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Around yet another bend inrepparttar river we come uponrepparttar 138896 work crew that is clearly pouring every ounce of energy they can muster intorepparttar 138897 project at hand. Their story says a person can draw a living from nature without harming it. One can move steadily throughrepparttar 138898 workday and through one's life, chopping and digging, sawing and clearing, earning an honest buck and sleepingrepparttar 138899 good tired sleep ofrepparttar 138900 farmer or stone mason. They wish nature no harm, and believe they have enough knowledge about proper and improper behavior inrepparttar 138901 field. Like our forefathers, they are forging ahead towards a bright future among fresh new land, only much more efficiently with their expensive trucks, backhoes and graders.

The end of a reflective day is nearing as we tie uprepparttar 138902 canoe atrepparttar 138903 modest dock we've fashioned atrepparttar 138904 edge of our 3 acres of wetlands and natural prairie with a simple pathway made of stone leading up torepparttar 138905 house. Our guiding story is that of someone with conservationist knowledge and instincts, who is willing to stand up to his neighbors for those goals. Our aesthetics embrace woods and wildlife. Thoughts turn easily to how we may better protectrepparttar 138906 species of fish we are after andrepparttar 138907 quality of our water. Like a sudden bolt of lightning inrepparttar 138908 night, a knock comes atrepparttar 138909 door and we are snapped backed to reality in an instant. Two men from a local governmental unit have come to explainrepparttar 138910 details of their latest plan to dredge and straightenrepparttar 138911 portion of river in front of our house. It is explained that our woods andrepparttar 138912 neighbor's property get flooded during times of high water, and a very generous consortium has offered to pay forrepparttar 138913 work to its completion. They go on to mention something about mosquito control and such, but we're not really paying attention at this point, as our attention is fixed onrepparttar 138914 sight and sound of some birds working feverishly to build a nest inrepparttar 138915 tree just beyondrepparttar 138916 door.

In each case stated above,repparttar 138917 actors are guided by personal stories directed by specific attitudes and behaviors. Attitudes perhaps prescribed to by our own personal environmental heroes: golfers, loggers, naturalists. Spontaneously and without conscience we go about our life standing by our beliefs and traditions. I'll leave it to all of you to decide if there is a moral torepparttar 138918 story this river has to tell. I'm certain your favorite stream has one of its own, unique in nature but common in its entirety.

Until next time, I'll leave you with this to ponder: "The nation behaves well if it treatsrepparttar 138919 natural resources as assets which it must turn over torepparttar 138920 next generation increased, and not impaired, in value." ~Theodore Roosevelt

Mike is the owner/operator of HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com This most comprehensive website offers a unique look into the Great Outdoors. Photo Contests, discussions and reports from across the country fill out a great online experience.

The Rebel's Guide to Cultivating Vitality: Who Says Illumination Can't Be Achieved in One Lifetime?

Written by Edward Orem

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This is what is promised to us from this work:

Balance and harmony between body-mind-emotions, electro-magnetic forces, and our internal universals of yin-yang; Conscious engagement of endocrine system to produce hormones, enzymes, neurochemicals to boost our immune system; PH balance ofrepparttar blood; Better circulation of blood and energy, nourishing and energizing all organs and glands, detoxifying tissues by carrying away metabolic wastes and dissolving accumulated toxins, damaged cells, undesirable microbes and parasites. Improvement in cerebral function:repparttar 138849 training ofrepparttar 138850 mind to take conscious command of energy for healing and spiritual growth. Improvement in relationships between others/Nature/Cosmos. I studied many of these techniques atrepparttar 138851 Chi Kung Institute in San Francisco. The instructor was Chiu Lim Chan, age 54 atrepparttar 138852 time (1975), who looked 35 and had a belly as hard as a stone. He gotrepparttar 138853 teachings on Wu Tang Mountain from a 180 year-old man; that was in 1940.

Tao Ga Chi Kung/Taoist School Energy Work

· Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation)

· Tao Yin/Lead and Guide Energy

· 5 Animals Frolics

· Meridian Chi Kung

· Medical Yin-Yang Chi Kung

· 5 Organs Chi Kung

· 5 Animals, 5 Elements Chi Kung

· 6 Joints Chi Kung

· Two Meridians Chi Kung

· 18 Silk Reeling Chi Kung

Lohan Shou Chi Kung/Buddhist School Energy Work

· Pa Tuan Jin/8 Pieces of Gold Brocade

· Iron Warrior

· Bei Wu Hsing Chi Kung/N. 5 Animals Chi Kung

· Shaolin Rou Quan 1

· Chan Mi Kung

· Shipalohanshou/18 Methods ofrepparttar 138854 Arhat

· Yi Jin Ching/Tendon Washing Classic

· Shii Shoei Ching/Marrow Washing Classic

· Bodhidharma Jing Kang Ch’uan/Diamond Body Chi-Kung

· Stone Warrior Chi Kung

Edward Orem has 40 years experience in integral mind-body training systems, and holds the following titles: Certified Instructor, Guang Ping Yang T'ai-Chi Assn; 6th Degree Black Sash in Chinese Boxing; 8th Degree Black Belt in Zen Kempo-jitsu, as well as a PhD in Holistic Health. Dr. Orem is the author of several manuals, and has produced 50 training videos. In 1990 Sifu Orem founded Chuan Fa Kempo International, http://kempochuanfa.com.

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