Author Archives: Narrye Caldwell

Martial Arts and Feng Shui

Traditional kung fu schools are not known for being pretty. Most martial artists can report a long history of working out night after night in basements, garages, parking lots, and warehouses. I taught my first Tai Chi class 30 years … Continue reading

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What you should know before you start a Tai Chi class

I love teaching Tai Chi, and I especially love introducing this beautiful health promoting martial art to beginners. But many people start out with some ideas that are not only wrong, but prevent them from sticking with the practice long … Continue reading

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Your Front Door–Mouth of the Qi

The front door of your home can have a powerful influence on your well being and happiness. In Feng Shui we give this feature of a house its own special category. Called the “Ming Tang,” or bright hall, your front … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Sword Training

A strange and beautiful image arises as I sit in meditation. I see a shining steel blade glistening in the sun, beads of water dancing along its edge. The steel becomes a blade of grass, then a bamboo leaf. The … Continue reading

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Why I Practice Tai Chi

It is 6:30 a.m. and I’d rather stay in bed. I struggle up. I’m a little stiff and can’t yet imagine any activity except tea and staring out the window for a while. I grant myself the pleasure of one … Continue reading

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Year of the Wood Horse–2014

I thought I could stay safely hidden with the covers over my head, my preferred position during the 2013 Snake year. But the forward impulse of the Yang Wood Horse has finally coaxed me from my den. So, even though … Continue reading

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Coffee and Me

OK you probably won’t believe this, but I haven’t had a cup of coffee for 40 years, until this morning. This odd achievement, if you want to call it that, wasn’t out of some high moral ground or sense of … Continue reading

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Carrying your Oar Inland: An Astrology Lesson from Odysseus

In the Chinese astrology I practice,  called Zi Wei Dou Shu, there is a little used feature of the chart called the Ming Ruler and the Shen Ruler. The only instruction I’ve ever found about this is that the Ming … Continue reading

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2013, Year of the Water Snake

This year’s Chinese Lunar New Year arrives on February 10 and ushers in the year of the Water Snake. In Chinese astrology Snakes are introverted, mystical, sensual, cautious, observant, quietly ambitious, and don’t like to be in the limelight. They … Continue reading

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Dispelling Some Common Myths About Shamanism

I just spoke to a student of mine who is very interested in pursuing further shamanic training. I’ve encouraged her, noting her natural talent for the work, and the rich rewards she has already experienced. Indeed, her own Helping Spirits … Continue reading

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