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To defend without compassion is to become the aggressor.  True courage derives from compassion.  True leadership comes from compassion.  Generosity comes from compassion.  Caring and healing come from compassion.  Courage without compassion leads to war....

Mother Earth, Father sun.  Does this mean that fathers are likened to Father sun?  No, not all fathers are good.  The ones who are good at times are painted with a negative brush .  Good men do not speak of their good deeds, good fathers do no say "I love you" to their...

If we are to become as the earth is, then we must realise that we are the earth.  The earth, air, water and fire are not just for us to use (this is our arrogance at work).  If we are the earth and the earth is us then our shape and movement are part of this beautiful...

To concentrate means different things to different people .  If I were to tell you not to think of a pink elephant in a green room, it’s the first thing you would do!  Our minds are being bombarded each day and hour with outside stimulus through tv and other media to t...

In Shaolin Kung Fu, we are taught to focus on our hands at all times.  To focus on people - in the way  they move, in the way they hold themselves, in the way they walk, in the way they breath, in the way they speak.  This is not only for defence purposes, but also for...

We should ask ourselves which comes first, awareness or mindfulness? If you think about it, to be mindful you must first be aware of what you are being mindful of! ...Are we courageous enough to look at ourselves? Before we look at others or look at nature, we must fir...

In Shaolin Kung Fu, Lung Ying Dragon Sign, which derives from the Taoist and Buddhist Temple in Southern China, there is one very important principle. This principle is the foundation of both Taoism and Buddhism; it is the practice of acceptance.  To learn of The Way i...

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