Butterfly Tai Chi – Feel healthier & Calmer in 20 mins aday

DVD CoverI got back to the Ninja Temple last night to find an envelope waiting for me containing a copy of “Butterfly Tai Chi“. I had been wanting to watch this since I first saw the clips/info about it when it was being filmed. I should point out I have a slight background in BaGua, and have been interested in the concept of TaiChi for a while now.  Since I have been meaning to get into it for a while, I was interested in the Butterfly TaiChi with its advertised “Take just twenty minutes out of your day to practice the seven simple elegant movements of Butterfly Tai Chi you will feel healthier happier and more energised“. Twenty minutes a day? I can find time for that, especially it it does not require much floor space.

I watched the DVD last night, It comes in three parts 1)A Warm-up, 2)The Basic Set, & 3) Advanced set. The techniques are simple to follow, and the instructor explains the moves well including any health benefits. Unlike some other DVD’s I have seen in this area the moves were explained simply for people without any previous training, and instructions were given on how to adapt the moves while you are learning, and that its better to get the feeling right than exactly mimic the instructor on the screen. Overall the feeling from watching the DVD was almost like having a one on one session with a trainer in a friendly atmosphere than a more technical manual of what you should be doing.

I did not try out the moves (err something to do with beer in the temple fridge) but I am looking forward to planning to set aside some time to start following the system. And I’ll post a practitioners review after I’ve spent a while trying the moves.

For those interested in more information on Butterfly Tai Chi, you can visit the website at http://butterflytaichi.co.uk/

Watching the Wonders of a Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, The shortest day of the year, and therefore the longest night. It’s also considered in many cultures & historical cultures to be the end of the year, and the start of the new. It all its a very spiritual time.

This year the special day has been made even more so with a full lunar eclipse. Ancient man (and woman) saw the lunar eclipse as a omen of great importance, so this omen appearing on the actual solstice is very Important. And could herald a special/interesting time ahead.  The last time this happened was in 1638,  So 2011 should be a special year!

So We here at the Ninja Temple wish you all a very happy *INSERT YOUR CELEBRATION NAME HERE*.

So can i ask everyone to throw a huge party and celebrate. For we need to make a big noise so that Amaterasu comes out of her cave and brings the sun back to the people, so the days can start getting longer, and I can start getting warm.

CELEBRATION: Happy * (Insert Name Here)

~: Imbolc, Imbolig, Imbolic, Candlemas, Oimealg, Briganatia, Lupercus, Disting, Lupercalia

Whatever your Path/Religion/Non-Religion views are, I wish you well at this time of year.

Thig an nathair as an toll
Là donn Brìde,
Ged robh trì troighean dhen t-sneachd
Air leac an làir.
“The serpent will come from the hole
On the brown Day of Bride,
Though there should be three feet of snow
On the flat surface of the ground.”

Pick a Card, Any Card

QUICK! Think of a regular pack of 53 cards. Pick one of those cards.

“You picked the Joker right?”

Don’t feel bad if you did, 80% of people will pick the Joker when asked, because I mentioned 53 card deck, not 52.  People are easy to manipulate. Lets try some more.

Think of a Card, any card, make a bright image of it in your mind.

“You thinking heart/diamond?”

Make sure you have a feel for the card! *bang fist to chest*

“You thinking heart now?”

You seeing how you can influence people into thinking along the lines you want?  Lets have a couple of more.

Think of a card, see the number of the card in your mind.

OK, so you will not be picking Jack,Queen, King!

Think of a card, concentrate, see the picture on the card!

Now its likely to be a face card, Jack, Queen, King.

You put a load of these slight suggestions together into the sentence asking them to pick a card, and you will be able to guess the correct card 9 times out of 10.

This is the very basic beginings of more complicated mind control/Influence like the things Derren Brown does.

I am trying to teach myself these Jedi Mind Powers, and have decided to blog some of my experiments, thought, suggestions, as I go along.

So watch this space.