Every River Tells a StoryWritten by Mike Clifford
Every River Tells a Story By: Mike Clifford HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com
The next time you begin a journey or fishing expedition on one of your favorite rivers or streams, take time to look at surroundings (I mean REALLY look), and listen closely, as each one has it's own unique story to tell. As we begin our journey, we may see a typical farmer out in field plying his trade, doing his best to put food on your table and eke out an existence that was handed down to him over generations. Coming around bend, we notice billowing white smoke of a local power plant churning out electricity to make your life comfortable and secure. As we turn our head to look at something perhaps more aesthetically pleasing on opposite bank, we notice that elusive red fox we've been hoping to see for longest time on this particular waterway. Watching vixen run back and forth delivering food to underground shelter of her cubs tells you that they are around 2 weeks old, and you can't help but think to yourself that wildlife go about business of living not much unlike that of each and every one of us on Earth. Every living thing needs to eat food and drink water that this planet provides in order to survive.
Perhaps hardest facts to consider are those of how we, as humans, go about existing in this environment. The river provides drinking water to local residents, who in turn pay for this service by going to work at plant that treats water to make it palatable and healthy enough to drink in first place. Like fox and her cubs upstream, we too are characters in one long story of life along river. Let's take a closer look at a few of characters involved as our journey continues:
With sight of power plant just a blur on horizon, we come upon a neighbor of ours. This man (or his predecessor) had long ago cut down his woods opposite mine, and is on his riding mower cutting his grass to within an inch of its life. This lawn exudes a bright green color that can only come from a bucket of chemicals designed for such. His mission for himself on land, from our perspective, might be expressed as 'clear, drain, mow, spray, control. For him story of a property owner features an actor at war with his surroundings, which can be beaten and shaped and maintained by constant vigilance. A piece of property such as his can only be described as a great place to practice with a pitching wedge before holing out a 25 footer on putting green, all while considering this to be a piece of recreational paradise on earth. The neighbor fully believes in his heart that he has best that nature provides, and uses it to his full advantage.
The Rebel's Guide to Cultivating Vitality: Who Says Illumination Can't Be Achieved in One Lifetime?Written by Edward Orem
Many Taoists recluses and Buddhists monks dwelled in mountains and forests to observe, listen, and meditate in order to gather deeper understanding and greater knowledge of nature than is possible when living in milieu of human society.
Often in search of extraordinary longevity and treasures of life, these extraordinary men (and a few women) moved from observation of nature to experimentation and development of body. The goal of longevity necessitated that body be prepared by a lifetime of practices. Thus preparation of a strong, healthy body led to development of these breathing exercises. For thousands of years men have practiced and developed these breath control techniques to improve health, correct problems and heal illnesses of various parts of vital organs. You can experience benefits for yourself.
The breathing exercises are grouped into three areas, performing unique (yet integrated) functions. The first concern is immediate triage for sufferer, with focus on illness prevention, and elimination of sickness. The second level aims at rejuvenation and methods for prolonging a healthful life. The upper level exercises help calm mind, harmonize will, cultivate spirit. Each movement is in rhythm with deep breathing technique. Full concentration and daily practice are required.
The quality of vitality is foundation of human health & longevity, basis of immunity and resistance. As vitality depends on nutrition, breath energy, and nourishment of spirit, we able to significantly affect how much vitality we have.
We’re going to address work of cultivating vitality directly on level of energy. The most efficient method of generating vitality is through breath work/chi kung.
Chi indicates relationship between different aspects of animate-inanimate-spiritual life. Healing with chi is study and application of this relationship.
Chi kung helps us to see how fundamental forces of cosmos mirror within ourselves. It enables us to live consciously in direct relationship to cosmic forces. It enables us to extract everything we can from human experience.