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    Archive for August 2014

    15 Reasons Not to Meditate : TKF 012

    Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    15 Reasons Not to Meditate : TKF Podcast Whether you choose to meditate or not, you are making progress.

    As we discussed in Last Episode : Awakened by Crime : TKF 011, whether you prepare or not, you are preparing.


    15 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Meditate / 21 Reasons Why You Should

    How to Subscribe to the Tibetan KungFu Podcast

    Dan Harris Twitter Picture

    Dan Harris, @danbharris Nightline and Good Morning America. I found where he was being interviewed about his book by Mr. Sam Harris :

    "It is Like Walking into a zoo"

    In this Podcast:

    1. Real and current reasons not to meditate
    2. Compelling reasons why you should meditate
    3. Touch in the sciences
    4. Review article by Mr. Dan Harris, with his permission
    Dan Harris Permission KungFu Book Review

    Part 2 will build on the sciences and how to....

    Meditation / Informed Decisions :)

    This Podcast will have a PDF and Video portion after part 2

    Thank you to Abbsy of whom we requested permission to use sketch.

    "We Read Everything, Put Your comments here, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest or email, We share your thoughts here"

    Stephen's Text / Friday, August 22, 2014 : "Good morning Sifu! I just discovered your podcast recently. I have been listening. You are doing an amazing job. I listen to many podcasts and yours is one of the best - and the best for me as far as content. I appreciate you taking the time to share with us in this way. Even though I am out of shape and practice, I would like to come in sometime if you have the time."

    08/25/14 7:33 AM, James Joslin wrote from Linkedin: "We are glad you are around, Sifu. You have helped a lot of people."
    Edited on: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:51 PM

    Posted in Mindfulness - Attention , Podcasts

    Awakened by Crime : TKF 011

    Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    kungfu podcast awakened by crime 11 racoon Consider Realities over Stressors

    Events Should Trigger Perspective


    Huge Thank You to Excel4Apps for inviting me as a guest speaker to their International Sales Force meeting.

    We discussed how to apply Kung Fu principles to the continued success of an international company:

    Learn MindFul Meditation Without Religion or Theory

    Being MindFul of Certain Realities

    Thursday Night, 9:30 pm, awakened by my 11 year old son,

    "Dad, Heavily armed robber in area. They robbed a gas station on the corner, and got away. They may try to hide here."

    Get him comfortable, I put PowChoy in his room, and back to sleep.

    I go through my list, like I have many times before:

    1. Points of Entry
    2. Weakness - Got two that I want to see sturdier
    3. Duct tape the deadbolt to buy me a few seconds
    4. Place bottle on gate for rattle

    5. On high alert - got things organized
    6. Pretty secure, got my own covered
    7. What about my neighbors? Are they on their own?

    Next day, I go to Raleigh Police Department Website to find some information about home protection. I didn't find what I was looking for, but found a 'Contact' button, so I used it.

    I wrote an email to Deputy Chief Joseph Perry explaining the events and what I was looking for, I also explained that I do our podcast and I would like to report something helpful. This was at 1:30, Friday afternoon. I didn't what to expect, but here is what I received.

    At 6:30 pm Friday Night, Deputy Chief Perry wrote back. : Read the email.

    As of Tuesday, I received another response from the Raleigh Police Department. Officer Lisa Keelin sent a king and encouraging email to put Kian at ease.

    You can more of their information, some information is free at NC Crime Prevention : http://nccrimeprevention.com/Officer-Nominees.htm

    Raleigh Police Dept. responses were incredibly comforting and quick.

    These are realities:

    Statistics from FBI database for Raleigh:

    Most stats are presented as 1 out of 240. How many people are close to you that you would impacted hard if anything happened to them?

    Lets say you are married, one child, one set of grandparents, include yourself, so that = 5 Family Circle

    The numbers here are UNDER-estimates. Do you know how many assaults and rapes go Un-reported?

    Various Levels of concerns:

    You may meditate on peace, harmony and calmness, but often neglect other parts of reality.
    Are you thoughtful of what else can come knocking?

    Balance the Warrior and the Sage. You may get bogged down in the minutiae of daily lives:

    I am Encouraging you to take a real few moments and be thoughtful as the Warrior : Be Prepared.


    MindFul Meditation Fundamentals, Without Religion or Theory : http://www.tibetankungfu.net/mindful/

    Next Week, Physiology of Meditation

    "We Read Everything, Put Your comments here, Twitter, Facebook,Google+ Pinterest or email, We share your thoughts here"
    Edited on: Friday, June 26, 2015 7:09 PM

    Posted in Podcasts

    Summarize 1 thru 9 : TKF 10

    Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:13 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Summarize Podcasts 1-9 Why do a Summary?

    Something that I look for on podcasts, but don't find often. A summary of recent activities or "wake" helps me generate perspective.

    What have we done so far? How have We Done?

    This type of review also reminds me of something I intended to do.. and ooops, I forgot.

    My son and I spoke about his organizational skills. Then we pause a moment and assess how is current effort and techniques are working.

    It is so easy to get caught up in our current frustrations, focused on current barriers, demands of our time, that we forget what we have worked through. Where we have made progress and we can see motion if we take time to look.

    This applies to work, home, learning bagua, understanding a strategy, performing a technique, I encourage you to take a moment and assess.

    So, to practice what I am encouraging.

    Thank You Dawn for your recent kind Facebook comment,

    "Wow! Another treasure! I am happy and so very grateful to know that the wisdom and lessons you are sharing, both in the podcasts and in the kwoon are a part of my evolution and growth. Thank you!"


    Break out the Assessment Tools: Episodes 1 Thru 9

    Episode 01 : Introduction to the Kwoon

    Episode 02 : Beach Retreat

    Episode 03 : Weaving KungFu Styles

    Behind the Scenes

    Episode 04 : Boots on the Ground

    Episode 05 : Mortar for the Bricks

    Episode 06 : BaGua CornerStones

    Episode 07 : Find the Common Denominator

    Three in a row on Kung Fu Internal Development (KFID)

    Episode 08 : Building the KungFu Frame

    Episode 09 : Cutting thru the Chaos : 4 Steps to Getting Thru the Fog

    How to Subscribe to the Tibetan KungFu Podcast : A Tutorial


    Where are we going, in the next few Episodes?

    Bruce sent me this email: "I want to thank you for the introductory class. It was great! I've been practicing what I learned that day."
    Edited on: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:52 PM

    Posted in Podcasts

    Cut Thru the Chaos : TKF 009

    Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 4:05 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Cut Thru Chaos Meditation Lesson, Get thru the Fog of Life Setting a New Course Requires a Calm Mind


    Thank You Lisa for the text, I am glad all is well in Wilmington and we will see you soon :)

    I really appreciate our new listeners on iTunes and Stitcher. Zune also has picked up the Podcast

    Events Upcoming

    Yang Tai Chi 4 Week Course start August 6, 2014 Wednesdays, that course is almost filled

    8 Week Kung Fu Bootcamp on Monday August 18, 2014 7-8 pm. Looks like there will be plenty of sweat on monday nights :)

    90 minute Mindful Meditation Basics Workshop is now on the schedule.

    In this Podcast of Tibetan Kung Fu: Cut Thru the Chaos | TKF 009

    Getting through the Fog of Chaos in 4 steps is a Podcast that resonated with me as a Maritime Meditation long ago.

    In this narrative, I walk you through the facts and skills of how SeaMen navigated the sea’s before 1100 AD. The magnet compass was created in 206 BC, but not implemented into sea navigation until 1107 AD.

    There are 4 steps that I share with you:

    KungFu was trained upon ship decks, particularly in Southern China.

    With visibility less than 100 yards, knowing how to survive when you were lost at sea wasn’t just theory.

    You will learn which questions to ask immediately and others to avoid asking until later. Also I will share with you what real illusions that you must be aware of when you get lost in a fog at sea.

    For my students, I take you through the Maritime Meditation, which is about a half hour to walk you through step by step, liven your senses and teaches you how to Captain your own ship.

    I would like to hear from you, Send me an email or post. If you use the lesson to change your situation, let me know about it. Sharing helps others as well. I really appreciate you sharing your review on iTunes or Stitcher.

    "Practice KungFu to be a Better Person First, A Better Martial Artist Second."

    Thank You,
    Sifu TW Smith

    How to Subscribe to the Tibetan KungFu Podcast Tutorial
    Visual Formats too :)

    During this episode I reference the Maritime Meditation. This is approximately half-hour story meditation that walks you through the steps, plus much more. If you are interested in personally learning this meditation then a:

    What have a few folks said?
    Dawn Randolph at Facebook : Thank you! This is just what I needed today. It helps tremendously to have such simple, direct, and insightful steps to guide me. I am grateful to you for sharing. Enjoy the day.
    Dave received the link to Audio from his Bagua Workshop, here what he had to say,
    "Sifu, thanks! Neat to revisit the class and hear some of the key stuff again. Helps this old dog learn the new tricks. Send more anytime!"
    Edited on: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:57 PM

    Posted in Mindfulness - Attention , Podcasts