The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness


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The Still Mind Digital Music Album Is Now Available!

Sound, a familiar thing it is,

Though from where does sound end and hearing begin?

A song must be heard to become a song,

Else the waves in the air just carry along.

All that exists is a child of sound;

Its constituent vibrations birth matter abound.

The song of a bird aids plants to grow;

An orchestra can cause weeping,

with the sweep of a bow.

Prepare to become a part of the song of existence.

Still the mind.

Relax the mind.

Soothe the mind with The Still Mind.

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to listen to – for free – and download the digital album for $7

Track list and discriptions:

1. Song of The Lonely Erhu
Story of a lonely Chinese erhu singing a song of eternal searching.

2. Guan Yin Dancing in The Pure Land
The erhu makes another appearance here, in celebration of the enlightenment of all existence.

3. Forbidden Love
An adventure in love that is decreed not to be.

4. The Middle Kingdom
“Zhōng Guó” in Chinese (literally “middle kingdom”; “China” in Chinese) is expressed here with music that needs no translation to be understood.

5. Song of The Sun
Peaceful, rhythmic music build around the 126.22Hz sonic hum of our closest star, the sun. A piece of music build to invigorate, and soothe. Played loud through speakers, it will cause healing vibrations to fill the room, employing the principles of cymatics to sync sonic energy patterns of matter at the atomic level.

6. Stillness in Movement
Soothing music to fall asleep by, commanded by the beautiful Shakuhachi flute. Perfect for bed time, or anytime when deep relaxation is just the thing that will hit the spot.

7. The Meditating Zither
A single Chinese zither playing in the midst of a rainstorm. Great meditation music.

8. East Meets West
A mellow, rock-esque melding of eastern and western melodic elements.

9. Vixen of The Ice World
Theme of an ice underworld princess who knows what she wants.

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Still Mind Health – Standing Like A Tree

The year of the Dragon is upon us. For the new year, I will introduce a Chinese system of exercise that is sure to assist one’s body to transform into a picture of health and strength — to become like a dragon: strong when strength is needed, supple and soft when not. It is called Zhan Zhuang 站桩 (roughly pronounced Jan Jwong), also known as “Standing Like a Tree”; a form of stance training that demands of oneself total and complete union of both body and mind to carry out accurately. Adding even five minutes of Zhan Zhuang to your everyday routine will deliver a desirable result.

To begin with, first start with simple warm up exercises:

Light arm circles forwards and backwards. Loosen up the hips by circling the hips in both directions. Loosen up the legs as well. Standard repetition count  for these types of exercises usually fall within the 30 to 40 range, so shoot for roughly 30 to 40 repetitions in both directions. The object is simply to loosen the muscles and tendons and get the blood flowing. The best time to do the Zhan Zhuang exercise is in the morning as the sun comes up, but it is also fine to do it any time during the day. Five minutes at night before bed is also beneficial. There is an additional exercise called Ba Duan Jin 八段锦, or “Eight Section Brocade”, but I won’t discuss that in this post. I will reserve this exercise for a later posting, as it is an entire progression of postures and movements in itself. Continue reading