Harmony: Radical Taoism Gently Applied

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Trafford Publishing, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 410 pages
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This book is for everyone who yearns for well-being. It will take you on a journey to the heart of the ancient Taoist five element theory in order to reclaim the concept of naturalness as a valid reference point for human life, even in the modern world. You will learn that when Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal are in balance, when none of them is in a state of excess or deficiency within you, then harmony with the flow of the universe, the Tao, is achieved.
HARMONY offers the reader a complete course on the first significant developments in five element theory since the Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine). Eulalio Paul Cane dove deeply into traditional Chinese medicine to find answers to his own enigmatic health troublesholly original: a rigorous model for translating directly between what goes on in the mind and what takes place in the body.
HARMONY presents its ideas with remarkable clarity. The reader will come away fully appreciating and understanding Taoism both in terms of the book's radical new conclusions about the universal and in its gentle applicability to the personal struggles with harmony and naturalness in which we all engage. This latter task will be explored by means of a detailed "five element profile" which the reader will construct based on his or her own unique symptoms, quirks, feelings, and experiences. Learning to interpret the messages inherent in the states of the mind and the body empowers one both with self-knowledge and with a personal map that can be used to chart a course back toward harmony, using a tailored approach of Taoist yoga, beneficial diet, meditation, and self-massage of acupressure points.
Features of the bookinclude: 57 detailed acu-point charts, on 23 pages 19 illustrations of Taoist yoga postures More than 400 descriptive terms, physical features of the body, and emotional states of mind, and the element (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, or Metal) associated with each one A Quick Interpretation Guide Several helpful worksheets for creating a personalized five element profile Glossary and complete index.

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