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I’ll Be Too Busy Lookin Good

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , on April 26, 2013 by ctkwingchun

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Guilt

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , on December 13, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Guilt – the most useless emotion ever.

I’m procrastinating right now and loving it.

The Search; Steve Jobs

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on November 26, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India.  The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world.  Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion.  That’s had a big impact on my work.

Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is learned and is the great achievement of Western civilization.  In the villages of India, they never learned it.  They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not.  That’s the power of intuition and experiential wisdom.

Coming back after seven months in Indian villages, I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought.  If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is.  If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.  Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment.  You see so much more than you could see before.  It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.

Zen has been a deep influence in my life ever since.  At one point I was thinking about going to Japan and trying to get into the Eihei-ji monastery, but my spiritual advisor urged me to stay here.  He said there is nothing over there that isn’t here, and he was correct.  I learned the truth of the Zen saying that if you are willing to travel around the world to meet a teacher, one will appear next door.

-Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Pgs. 48-49

Second Nature

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by ctkwingchun

At Dawn

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , on November 23, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.  Don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi

Up before the sun.  Fog on the water.  Workout.  Walk dog.  Feed chickens.  Make breakfast for the fam.  Don’t eat it.  Fasting.  Work.

Push.  Acupuncture.  Write.  Kung-Fu.  Dream.  Query letters.  Emails.

Home.  Cuddle.  Movie.  Love.

CTK.

Fight, Fight, Fight

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on November 17, 2012 by ctkwingchun


They got these commercials on TV and at the movies: “Join the army.  Fight.”

Fight for your freedom.  Fight for your life.  Fight for your parking spot.

I’m at the beach breathing in the sea air off an island and I’m thinking, sometimes it’s not time to fight.  Sometimes it’s time to just let it all in.  Let those feelings wash all over and…yield.

Receive what comes.  Follow what goes.

CTK

Nothing To Eat

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Patient came into clinic last night with a yeast infection.

I recommended to her that she not eat any sugar for about 10 days while I treated her and she used an over-the-counter medication.

“No sugar!?” she exclaimed.  “What will I eat then because everything has sugar in it?”

Deadpan, I replied, “Vegetables, fruits, nuts and meats.

The Dog Is Mine

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Computer screens swallow us

Look at all my followers

Jay-Z State of Mind

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on October 17, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Watched Jay-Z on Oprah’s Masterclass series a while back.  Said he was taught to walk fast through the projects so that if anyone was tailing him, they wouldn’t be able to keep up.  I believe this also taught another important life-lesson.

While it’s not the projects, the Darkside at night, with its ~7 bars, brand new sex shop and all-nite pizzeria, lights up with undesirables when I leave the clinic to walk to the car.

But walking fast has more to do with being a modern-day hustler than getting away from the baddies.  I park several blocks away to avoid the $12.00 fee to park.  I walk fast for the exercise of it.  I walk fast because I’m going places.

CTK

Perhaps

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , on October 15, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Perhaps it’s because I never tried hard to gain something from Chinese medicine and now it’s 5 years later and I’m really good; perhaps it’s because I’ve tried so hard to gain something from Gung Fu that I still feel lack.

A young man went to Gautama Buddha and sought the Master’s guidance to achieve Enlightenment, The conversation went as follows:

Young Man: Master how long will it take for me to achieve enlightenment?

Gautama Buddha: It all depends on you……

Young Man: If I put in ten hours of meditation every day how long will it take?

Gautama Buddha: Maybe ten years

Young Man: What if I put in fifteen hours meditation?

Gautama Buddha: Maybe fifteen years

Young Man; [getting irritated] What if I meditate for twenty hours?

Gautama Buddha: Maybe twenty five years

The young man was almost infuriated.

Young Man: I cannot understand your logic—the more effort I put in, the more time it will take—this is ridiculous, Please explain.

Gautama Buddha: As long as you are fixated and obsessed about your goal you will not achieve it. Just do spiritual practice without one eye on the goal. Let events take their shape.

Kung-Fu: Mastery of Life

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on October 12, 2012 by ctkwingchun

My journey in Kung-Fu, little did I realize, started me on a path of humble life-long learning.  Looking back at those first few years where push-ups in the corner were punishment for talking in class, I learned that I get out exactly what I put in.  I also learned that the rewards were never immediate but I could trust that they were on their way.

Speaking with the acupuncture students yesterday brought something to mind – an idea that is often forgotten: mastery.  When I began on my Chinese medicine journey, at first all I cared about was finding the right acupoints.  As I moved forward in my practice, finding acupoints started to become second nature.  While I hadn’t mastered this, I felt that more work needed to be done in other areas.

I started to look at other facets of my practice.  I started to think about bedside manner and how it greatly affected the patient-practitioner relationship.  I put these thoughts to paper and published a book on Amazon on the subject.  I also asked if there was a better way to put certain needles in – the pinchy ones.  I looked at how I held my body in relationship to the patient – my groin far away from their hand or playing acupuncture like playing a sport: with bent knees to save my low back.

These mastery patterns have slowly filtered into my life because the next stage for me, and this perhaps might have been at the forefront for some although bedside manner and results still seems KING to me (in that order), is proper management of money.  Money and healing (especially the quirky-funny-esoteric-can’t-double-blind-study-this-type-healing) have a hard time getting along -sort of.

Lately, it’s been less about money management and more about lifestyle mastery.  We, as a family, have discussed and made our life choices and it stands to reason that all about all we can do is change the way we life our life.  Baker, author of Manvsdebt.com, has a tag-line that I most enjoy: sell your crap, pay off your debt, live your life.  And while it may seem quite extreme considering he did just that and travelled, it is a sign post that most of us ‘middle-class’ folks are taking a good, hard look at.

So, through the vehicle of martial arts, through Chinese medicine study and practice, comes Mastery of Life.  Just watch the most amazing documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.  Not only has this elderly gentleman mastered the art of making sushi, you can watch his mastery of the whole damn thing!  He prepares for the patrons that are left handed instead of right handed.  He watches the speed of how they eat and adjusts accordingly.  He’s not only mastered making sushi, he’s clearly mastered all the pieces of the ‘business’ that are associated with that.  He’s got good Kung-Fu.

Kung-Fu: mastery of a skill through hard work.

Goodbye Facebook; Goodbye Twitter

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I’ve deactivated my Facebook account and deleted my Twitter account.  I still haven’t decided whether I will reactivate my Facebook account in the near future, but I highly doubt it.  This is perhaps the fifth time I’ve deactivated it and I think I’m finally done with all that racket.

I don’t see the value in it anymore.  I belonged to ‘groups,’ ‘liked’ pages, and communicated with human beings ‘commenting’ on their lives through pictures and links.

Since ditching FB and T, I’ve sent more emails – and they’ve been quality – the kind of quality that your grandmother in Saskatchewan would expect to receive.  Good, deep conversations that hold meaning in my life.  I’ve written more on the blog; posts from the heart.  I’ve written for a couple of in-print magazines such as Qi Magazine and OptiMYze.  I’ve got more on the go and more in the tank by not worrying about what someone wrote on my FB page or thinking about what my latest status update should be.  I’ve thought more about Kung-Fu: my first love.

So, goodbye Facebook and Twitter.  If you’re looking for me, you’ll have a hard time catching up with my pace – but try email.

CTK

Vacuum Like You’re Playing a Sport

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on October 5, 2012 by ctkwingchun

My job includes twisting, turning, putting my torso almost upside-down and bending over my patients.

These types of movements, from an occupational health & safety standpoint, would probably make those desk-monkeys quiver with fear.

But I play my life like I’m playing a sport.  Everything is Kung-Fu.

I enjoy bending my knees instead of my back.  Getting a good stretch out of a twisted, upside-down position while needling.  Using my whole body while performing Tui Na massage.  Even while vacuuming, it might look like I’m training my lunges.

So loosen up out there!  Enjoy all those mundane activities!  And wash the dishes like you’re playing a sport.

Bait and Switch – The Offer

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , on October 2, 2012 by ctkwingchun

“Hey there!  How are you doing?  Listen – the students love you.  I mean, you’re a superstar – everyone loves you.  You’re a great teacher.  Our college really needs people like you.”

“Thank you very much.”

“What we’d like to do is hire you on full-time.  You can work from 8:30-5:30 Monday through Friday and we’ll pay you salary.  What do you think?”

“Well…um…that won’t work…because, as you know, I run two clinics.  So I’d still need to see my patients.  I could shut down one of my clinics but then I’d still need to run two days a week at one clinic.  Could we do 20 hours a week – just an idea?”

“But clinic is so up and down.  Plus, with our college pumping out more graduates, there will be more competition and it will be harder for you to make money.  A good salary job is the way to go.”

“Um…”

“We want someone young, energetic and you’ve got great marketing ideas.  We want someone to commit to our school and teach 50% of the time and do administration 50% of the time.  I don’t think it would work with just 20 hours a week.”

“But what about the executive director?  Isn’t this all his job?”

“Yes, but, you see, his contract is ending and in it we agreed that he get new programs up and running and that he get 25 new students every year.  He’s failed to do that so we just can’t afford to pay someone that amount of money so we’re going to have to get rid of him.”

(“Really?  So you’re going to sh*t-can my friend – the guy who got me this job – who you probably pay $100’000/year, hire me as his replacement, pay me less than his salary for more hours in a week than I work now and I’ll work on contract with you so you can shit-can me anytime you want as well?  Well then…”)

“I don’t think this is going to work…”

“Think about it.”

(“I will.  And next week, I’ll kindly decline your offer after I’ve made you sweat a bit.  I’m off to work at my unstable clinic which gives me more freedom than your boot on top of my face.”)

Actuate

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Less waiting.  Put the plan in motion.

Go buy that house so that your house will sell.  Go write that book so that those customers will have something.  Go run those sprints so that you’re ready at all times.

They asked me how I do it all.  Time management.  No TV, only books.  Four days of push.  Teaching, clinic, writing between patients, personal training before the house wakes up, eating 16oz gloves for lunch and when I’m not at work – I’m not working (read: family time/downtime).

“We cannot control the winds, but we can direct the sails.”

Wake Work Sleep

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , on September 26, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Much Rather

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , on September 11, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Woke up cold and tired.  Usually a bit more cold when tired.  Much rather would have stayed next to some extra body heat in my bed.  Turned off the alarm and made my way downstairs.  A glass of water because of that parched feeling.

Downstairs; forms.

Upstairs; the street.  Much rather would be in the basement where it`s warm.

Sprints.  Tired and cold.

The sun peeking out between a split in the clouds as it rises up to welcome a new day.

Every breath is a prayer
We still livin
World still spinnin
I’m still thanks givin
Trying to get it right
But I’m left here trippin

Burn Bridges; Bomb Tunnels

Posted in Music and Clips, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , on August 28, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Never burn bridges.

Stay loyal to the right people.

Make good decisions.

Because a year later the phone might ring.  And it’s the guy who you stood behind on the other end.  And now he’s asking for your help.  And it might pay well.

So never burn bridges.  And never bomb tunnels.  Unless, of course, you have a can of spray paint in your hands.

CTK

Share What You Love

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , on July 13, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I’ll Miss You

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , on May 26, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I know the time will come when it’s all about goodbye.  I came here a boy and will be leaving a man.

I came here with a dare and a dream.  Sink or swim.  And let’s not forget the essential question, “Does God/Essence/Jah/Source exist?”

The ocean waves that calm my soul, I will have to visit once again – I know it.

You gave me boxing, a garden, chickens and love.  Surrounded me with good, genuine people that I could sink my soul into.

For this, I will be eternally grateful.  A have-province you will forever be in my heart.

Nova Scotia, I love you.

Until we part, I will enjoy you with every inch of my being.  Camping, swimming and sprinting together.  Let’s go!

CTK

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