How to start a conversation in English
If you listen closely to people's conversations, you might notice how they tend to be stuck not processing every aspect of a given situation to make sense of it, but rehashing thoughts and feelings, which, in turn, only validates their stress. This becomes a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day, which starred Bill Murray where every day is a repeat of the last one. As often happens in this case, people are either glued to a past event because of some level of resentment or are frozen in the future because of their fear of something that might happen. Like a recurring dream, these frustrations and fears tend to dominate not only our conversations, but, as Daniel Goleman suggested in his acclaimed book Emotional Intelligence, they literally hijack and stifle our positive thoughts as well. The Tao cannot move freely through a fear-based heart. Years ago, I was given a book written by Leo Buscaglia called Living, Loving and Learning. As many authors do, Buscaglia recounted several...
At the end of our conversation, I said, You are a psychologist. I am sure that you know how much our emotions affect our bodies, so let me ask you a question. Everyday you work so hard. For what she looked at me and asked back, What do you think I said, For survival Right, she agreed.
Often when I practise some skill, I will relate in my heart to that particular Sigong or my Sifu. Often I will even have a conversation with them (in heart talks there are no language barriers) and this night as I practised, I talked in my mind to Wu Sigong. I asked for his help so that I might see and correct my mistakes. I want nothing more than to be able to pass on the good Chun Yuen skill to my own students yet I know I am not the best by any means and that I have so much work to do.
At a recent dinner party I attended, the conversation was abuzz with personal strife and national calamities the death of a mutual friend, a newly discovered cancerous tumor, and a hellacious divorce, as well as the stock market crisis, high school shootings, and weather storms of biblical proportions. Eight of us sat around the table, sharing moments of our lives, perceptions of the global village, and our visions of the next decade. With each new topic of the conversation, we tried to make sense of the rapidly changing world we live in, as well as determine our best course of action while individually navigating the shoals of impending disaster. It didn't take long for us to realize that stress was a recurring theme in every aspect of our lives. In the midst of our apparent abundance and prosperity was the inherent knowledge that things were terribly amiss. Mark put down his wine glass and asked, Is it me or has anyone else noticed that the planet earth has become a runaway train...
Recently my friend and I were practising Qigong together, and during the meditation stage of the session we both faced each other and noticed a distinct difference in the energy flow. This experience sparked a conversation about possible benefits and or dangers of doing Qigong as a group activity.
Are you a lively person who thinks positively Are you a lucky person If you are cheerful by nature, others will want to be with you. They'll sense that they tend to receive good luck through you and that they can feel comfortable around you even without conversation. The reverse holds true as well. If you are a gloomy person characterized by negative thinking and bad luck, others will feel constrained and stay away.
Conversation tends to turn on the topics of movement, application, and principle. Fighting and past battles are another favourite subject along with stories of the great feats of legendary Lan Shou Masters. Ordinarily everyone talks at once, mouths full of food, and chopsticks poised to emphasize important points. Occasionally
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