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Inner Fire: A Beginner’s Guide to Tummo Breathing

February 28, 2024 5 Min Read

Imagine meditating comfortably amidst icy winds, generating warmth from within; this isn’t fiction; it’s the potential of Tummo, an ancient Tibetan practice, igniting curiosity in the modern world; look at Wim Hoff. While not magic, Tummo combines rhythmic breathing, Visualisation, and muscle contractions to awaken an “inner fire,” potentially reducing stress, boosting energy, and even enhancing cold tolerance. Debunking the Myths: Is Tummo scientifically proven? Research is ongoing, and claims…

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Think Backward, Conquer Forward: The Power of Backcasting

February 21, 2024 4 Min Read

Are you feeling overwhelmed by looming tasks and unclear goals? Project and task management often throw information at you, losing you in a sea of details. But what if you could approach projects differently, starting with a clear vision and working backwards to the specific actions needed? Enter the Natural Planning Model, a powerful approach that taps into your brain’s natural way of tackling challenges. Shifting the Paradigm: Traditional project…

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Of the gladdest moments in human life

February 20, 2024 0 Min Read

“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Civilization, man feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood. . . . A journey, in fact, appeals to the Imagination, to Memory,…

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The Seated Eight Section of Brocade – 8 Seated Baduanjin

January 31, 2024 12 Min Read

Introduction Over the years, I have seen many versions of the eight seated brocades and practised different versions. Over time, I have come to the practice in the way I outline below, although this may change again as my practice deepens.The outline of the exercises can be found in the “Ten Works on Cultivating Perfection.” The poem is attributed to Zhongli Quan (one of the eight immortals) The Poem The…

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State of Open: The UK in 2023 Phase Three “Skills or Bust”

November 14, 2023 2 Min Read

Open UK releases its latest report on the skills required to grow open source to realise its full economic potential. From the introduction of the report This Phase builds on Phase Two’s focus on enterprises, to spotlight UK-based individuals forming the globally-employed Open Source Software workforce. Building on the concept that Open Source Software is the “submarine under the digital economy”, it is the first report to seek to understand…

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Ensuring Access to Information

October 13, 2023 5 Min Read

The growth of the Internet, the largest source of information and discussion in history It’s a daily occurrence to video call people on the other side of the world on my mobile as I sit drinking expresso in some artisan coffee shop connected to the largest repository of information ever. But as a child, I remember sitting on an old Mac (then a new one), watching still/slow video from a…

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Qingjing Jing – Translated by Livia Kohn

September 27, 2023 5 Min Read

Qingjing Jing – Translated by Livia Kohn Chapter 1 老君曰﹕- Lao Jun Yue : – Master Laozi says :大道無形,生育天地。- Da Dao wu xing , sheng yu tian di .- The Great Dao has no form; it brings forth and raises heaven and earth.大道無情,運行日月。- Da Dao wu qing . yun xing ri yue .- The Great Dao has no feelings; it regulates the course of the sun and moon.大道無名,長養萬物。- Da Dao…

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Inaugural Scottish Sumo Open 2023

August 8, 2023 1 Min Read

The Inaugural Scottish Sumo Open 2023 from Clan Sumo (Scotland Sumo Federation), run by Scott Findlay, was the first-ever international completion in Scotland and perhaps the largest ever in the UK. It was a tremendous success, with over Sixty wrestlers who attended from all over the world. Watch the recorded live stream below. Find out more about Clan Sumo at

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Daoist Qigong and Meditation: a genre overview from Robert Coons

August 1, 2023 1 Min Read

Robert Coons presentation from the event on 29th July from the Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship: Decoding Daoist Qigong and Meditation. In this lecture Robert will explain the current scholarly consensus in China about the major styles of Daoist Qigong and Meditation and what this means to students of the genre. The class will include:

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Free Seminar on Daoist Meditation July 29

July 27, 2023 6 Min Read

A quick correction about the times. The speakers start at 10 and finish at 12:45 with time for questions. Free Seminar July 29: When: Saturday July 29, 10 AM – 12:45 PM EST, Where: ZOOM, How much: free for everyone. The last Saturday this July the Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship is happy to offer our first online seminar where we will be learning Internal Alchemy theory and practice and Daoist…

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Working towards B Corp – making CIVIC a force for good

July 7, 2023 3 Min Read

“Our most challenging problems cannot be solved by governments and nonprofits alone. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps commit to positively impact all stakeholders – workers, communities, customers, and our planet”. – It’s statements like this that resonated with the people in CIVIC and it’s the reason we’ve started to work towards B Corp and widen what we consider when we make decisions. One of the reasons…

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