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Why have bulk of great men retreated to natural environment and even harsh circumstance, with only basics of survival to sustain them, while they cultivated excellence? The answer to this question brings us to integration of First Principle with Second: "Nature shows Way." Correct me if I am misguided, but I can't seem to recall advice from any culture in synch with its environment that directs us to "come downtown" for wisdom and health.
When a human extricates himself from rhythms of Earth he becomes a foreigner in his own house. The strident make-up of modern life-style has left most of us without means of carrying forward natural abilities and skills we inherited as a creature of natural rhythms.
The Zen Tao Ch'uan Fa group recently met with me for a training session that lasted 3 ½ hours. That wasn't too radical in itself (we've met over 2 ½ days before, isolated in woods), but toss in heavy snowstorm that swirled around us, and you get idea. Actually, maybe you don't: we've found that it's difficult to impart to observers changes in self-regard, increase in focus and intent, and more importantly, appreciation of just being outside.
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.