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Chinese Medicine with Kyle Cline
This website provides information about my practice of Chinese medicine, where I focus on bodywork, herbs, meditation and chi kung. It is a simple site. There are no pop-up ads or shopping carts. Also, no facebook, twitter, fritter or zee.
Within these pages you will find information about my practice and how I approach healing. The common theme throughout this professional and personal life is following and living a Taoist path. My interpretation of a Taoist lifestyle is simple: follow the natural way of things. We can see this in nature, the flow of a river, the growth of a tree. There is a natural way of of healing, too. Bodywork uses touch to facilitate healing. There is a natural way of herbs, using plants, roots and seeds to support body, mind and spirit. There is also a natural way to meditate and cultivate internal energy. Simple
As we explore through these and other methods, we learn about the healing process. We also learn about the natural way, which can then be applied to each and every thing in our lives: parenting, aging, exercise, diet, work, relationships. I've recently fallen in love with exploring the natural way of kayaking on the Willamette River. This website is an exploration of the natural way to communicate via the Internet.
In classical China, physicians were trained in a range of energetic modalities: acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, feng shui (geomancy, place, space), astronomy/astrology (cycles of time), diet, exercise, martial arts, poetry. Today, physicians, whether allopathic or alternative, have become specialized professionals, excelling in detail, sometimes lacking a larger, holistic view of the human body, including our relationship to this amazing earth and universe. Exploring this over several decades has led to a much more simple approach: listen, presence, awareness.
My approach to the practice of Chinese medicine is similar to the classical Chinese physician. I'm curious about the natural energetic flow, balance and harmony of all things. We can access these together through a variety of methods. Within these pages is more information about these simple ways.
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Putting your nature in order is like tuning a stringed instrument. If the strings are too tight they will snap, while if they are too loose they will not be responsive. When tautness and relaxation are balanced, then the instrument is ready.
~ Wang Chongyang
(Collection on Complete Reality)
in Practical Taoism
translated by Thomas Cleary
The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love, and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive – it has nothing to do with time. It happens on its own when a human being questions, wonders, inquires, listens, and looks silently without getting stuck in fear, pleasure, and pain. When self-concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open. The mystery, the essence of all life, is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening.
–Toni Packer The Work of This Moment
Humankind is being led along an evolving course,
through this migration of intelligences,
and though we seem to be sleeping,
there is an inner wakefulness
that directs the dream,
And that would eventually startle us back
to the truth of who we are.
~ Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
The Essential Rumi
Translation by Coleman Barks
Now, what is poetry?
If you say it is simply a matter of words,
I will say a good poet gets rid of words.
If you say it is simply a matter of meaning,
I will say a good poet gets rid of meaning.
“But,” you ask, “without words and without meaning,
where is the poetry?”
To this I reply: “Get rid of words and get rid of meaning,
and there is still poetry.”
- Yang Wan-Li 1127 -1206 CE
Wash and separate stems from leaf (use stems in soups, etc.).
Tear leaves into smaller segments (approx. 3"x3")
Dehydrate at 110 degrees until crispy. 2-6 hours depending on volume and moisture content.
This works best with a food dehydrator, although some people use an oven or toaster oven at the lowest setting, turning it on and off periodically. Too much heat destroys the natural nutrients.
The kale may also be marinaded beforehand (olive oil, vinegar, miso, spices), although I prefer mine plain. Just the rich, natural flavor of kale. Yummmm……..
Kale chips are a great substitute for commercial chips.
Coconut Milk Yogurt
1 - 12 oz. can coconut milk
5 - 6 powder probiotic capsules
● Open probiotic capsules and mix well into coconut milk in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid.
● Cover on countertop 3 days, shaking twice each day.
● Refrigerate, good for several weeks.
One teaspoon is very rich, nourishing and satisfying.
- I prefer Thai Kitchen Organic coconut milk. Other brands have not solidified well.
- Use only probiotics, without any added herbs or other supplements. Do not use saccharomyces boulardii, it is a yeast.
- I have yet to have any yogurt go 'bad' in the refrigerator after 2+ weeks. Watch for signs of mold.
- If there is little or no fermentaion, the probiotics may not be viable.
- I buy a low number of probiotics per cap (1-3 billion) The higher concentrations are not always as viable. I rotate through several different brands as each has different bacertial strains. Diversity and varity is useful to digestive flora.
the tao that can be posted to a website
is not the eternal tao............... webmaster tzu
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