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Posted in Music and Clips with tags on September 6, 2013 by ctkwingchun
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Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags on September 6, 2013 by ctkwingchun

The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables.
Said if I could get down thirteen turnips a day
I would be grounded, rooted.
Said my head would not keep flying away
to where the darkness lives.

The psychic told me my heart carries too much weight.
Said for twenty dollars she’d tell me what to do.
I handed her the twenty. She said, “Stop worrying, darling.
You will find a good man soon.”

The first psycho therapist told me to spend
three hours each day sitting in a dark closet
with my eyes closed and ears plugged.
I tried it once but couldn’t stop thinking
about how gay it was to be sitting in the closet.

The yogi told me to stretch everything but the truth.
Said to focus on the out breath. Said everyone finds happiness
when they care more about what they give
than what they get.

The pharmacist said, “Lexapro, Lamicatl, Lithium, Xanax.”

The doctor said an anti-psychotic might help me
forget what the trauma said.

The trauma said, “Don’t write these poems.
Nobody wants to hear you cry
about the grief inside your bones.”

But my bones said, “Tyler Clementi jumped
from the George Washington Bridge
into the Hudson River convinced
he was entirely alone.”

My bones said, “Write the poems.” 
― Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase

Before I Write

Posted in Strategy and Psychology with tags on August 16, 2013 by ctkwingchun

It is already written,

In my heart,

And in my mind,

Therefore from pen to paper,

It is already written.

Rhyme Training

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on August 8, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Today is about a few things while I’m at work.

Obviously, giving the very best acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment is high priority.  It all comes down to me being a beacon of light the minute they see me.

I have a gap in my day large enough for me to change into my Pegasus 27’s and Jaco shorts.  Best enjoy the sunshine while it’s here.

I will try to finish a 1200 word article for acupuncture today dot com.  I have my own column there you know.  All part of the master plan.

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

Poets On The Peaks

Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I’m reading this great book about Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Jack Kerouac, and with mentions of Allen Ginsberg, about their time spent on fire lookouts in the North Cascades of the USA.  It’s quite neat to read the real-life stories of these folks that are given new names in Jack Kerouac’s book The Dharma Bums – which is a most excellent read as well.

The 1950’s beat Buddhism generation were ahead of their time – beating the hippies of the 60’s and 70’s to the punch.  These folks fell in love with the Diamond Sutra (aka Diamond Cutter) and carried those old copies of Goddard and Suzuki around with them at all times.

Probably the most important thing about these people, at least to me, revealed through this aforementioned work, is how in order to write poetry and books, they used real life events applied to their craft.  They ate peyote, took Benzadrine and drank copious amounts of alcohol before sitting down in their chairs to write.  At one point, while Jack was up there on Desolation fire lookout, he came face to face with something other than what he was expecting; Jack was hoping to come face to face with God, Buddha or some Source while isolated and alone up there on the mountain – instead he came face to face with himself.

While I don’t engage in any consumption of drugs or alcohol, I am still able to gain insight into these people’s lives.  This work shows these revered poets and authors in true light: as human beings on a personal path of struggle and how some of the made it out the other end, and some of them died trying.  After all, I probably wouldn’t have been able to handle such harsh criticism from Alan Watts on my book and would have drank myself into the depths of hell just as Jack did (and wrote about in Big Sur).

But in my heart of hearts, these men will remain for what they were: extraordinary because there were so ordinary.  May their works live on forever.

CTK

Getting Paid

Posted in Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on July 5, 2012 by ctkwingchun


Step one: Get told that you *might* not get paid for your acupuncture article.

Step two: Agree to write the article.

Step three: Present the article and request, politely, that you’d like to get paid for your work.  Suggest a price based on previous compensation.  Also, present with a future topic to show longevity in the field.  Mentally prepare your response in the event that no money will be given for the work.

Step four: Receive email agreeing to payment.  Work with the editor to ensure that any edits make sense.

Step five: Read contract carefully; sign contract.

CTK

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