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2021: A Year in Review lucid

2021: A Year in Review

(Dec 31, 2021) 2021 was a full year of being in Chiang Mai, spanning its full spectrum from abundance to social survival. Living in a boutique hotel closed from Covid, I had the whole place to myself with no rent or utilities payment - Mike wouldn't take whatever money I earned to give him. I hosted regular coffee sessions with friends and new acquaintances. Towards the end of the year, I was blind-sided as victim of Cancel Culture.....more »»

Chiang Mai Peoplescape (Nov-Dec 2021) people

Chiang Mai Peoplescape (Nov-Dec 2021)

(Dec 31, 2021) The last 2 months has been a great departure from my usual peoplescape. From one end of the spectrum, I spanned its entire length to the other end, where I found solace and bearing.....more »»

Watering the Plants Hands-Free teaching

Watering the Plants Hands-Free

(Dec 12, 2021) If you need to be away for a few days and cannot find someone to water your plants, here's a simple way to keep the plants watered and happy.....more »»

Vietnamese Phin Coffee Filter coffee

Vietnamese Phin Coffee Filter

(Dec 2, 2021) Given the myriad of coffee brewers out there from French press, the ibric, espresso machine, Moka, etc., the most versatile perhaps is the modest and unassuming Vietnamese Phin....more »»

Emptiness Meditation meditation

Emptiness Meditation

(Dec 1, 2021) The concept of emptiness conjures an imagery of being alone in complete, absolute and total darkness. Not exactly a very inviting place or state of being. Thankfully, that is not what emptiness means. Let us dispel the myths first....more »»

Tummo Yoga yoga

Tummo Yoga
Codified Practice

(Dec 1, 2021) When I fist heard of Tibetan yogis drying a wet towel wrapped on their bare backs as they were exposed outdoors in the dead of winter, I could hardly believe it. I didn't even know what yoga they were practicing. I learned it was Tummo Yoga. But where do I get research materials for it? It wasn't easy, but I found one. Time to roll up my sleeves and generate some heat. My litmus test? Melt the ice on my ice bath and even turn the water warm or even hot.....more »»

The Bliss of Inner Fire books

The Bliss of Inner Fire
Book Summary and Review

(Dec 1, 2021) Getting credible materials on Tibetan Buddhist yoga is very hard to come by, let alone being authored by a renowned lama from a long lineage dating back from Tilopa. The Bliss of Inner Fire, better known as Tummo Yoga, is the first of the Six Yogas of Naropa - a tantric yoga practice where internal heat is generated to develop bliss and wisdom in pursuit of enlightenment. This is a powerful DIY practice but quite challenging to understand and follow....more »»

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