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10: Released on the 10th of each month for 10 months. Explorations and Investigations into why we do the things we do, drawing on Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi, toast, teapots and tofu. Digital narratives from another perspective with the teapotmOnk.

10 Ways to Stop Doing Stuff with the teapotmOnk Paul Read the teapotmOnk

    • Society & Culture

10: Released on the 10th of each month for 10 months. Explorations and Investigations into why we do the things we do, drawing on Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi, toast, teapots and tofu. Digital narratives from another perspective with the teapotmOnk.

    The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing: Sample

    The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing: Sample

    So many disciplines promise happiness, security, health, wisdom or enlightenment, but so few deliver more than just words. Yet, when you fuse together an ancient eastern practice with a thoroughly 21st century take - you create something beautifully intriguing and inspiringly new that encompasses so many of these qualities: Bean Curd Boxing.

    Combining the simplicity of Tai Chi, the soft wisdom of the ancient sages and a tender light-hearted approach to learning, the Manual of Bean Curd Boxing shows you:

    * How to absorb the basics of these arts into your daily activities with no sweat and no stress
    * How to remain tranquil and calm under the stress of daily encounters
    * How to perfect the ancient art of 'doing without doing' in order to softly Get Things Done
    * How to become a slow ninja amongst a planet of speed freaks

    In a world of Information Overload, the Manual of Bean Curd Boxing offers an alternative source of wisdom: practical and original exercises for re-learning good posture, good breathing habits and building powerful new energy boosting habits.

    • 4 min
    5 Tips for Living a Purposeful Life

    5 Tips for Living a Purposeful Life

    And so we bid farewell to the mOnk and this series of 10 with this final climatic episode in which, on the eve of departure, a dusty tea-stained document is left on my desk, with a request to read out 5 Secrets for Living a Purposeful Life.
    Little remains now, other than Yak prints in the snow. Was it all just a figment of our collective imagination or did the mOnk once tread these dusty shores?
    Who knows, who can tell what is real and what is fake, what is substantial and what is imaginary. We, at least have a library of anecdotes, images, sounds and images to celebrate the comings and goings of the inner temple.
    Adieu.
    For links to the free course - visit Udemy - Tai Chi - Paul Read. All other references visit teapotmonk.com.

    • 12 min
    The return of the Bean Curd Boxer

    The return of the Bean Curd Boxer

    Including a sample chapter from the Noble Art of the Leaving Things Alone - this month we look at giving it all away - with links to free ebooks, and general bean curd packages.

    • 11 min
    Finding Purpose in the Ordinary: A Conversation with Anthony Guilbert

    Finding Purpose in the Ordinary: A Conversation with Anthony Guilbert

    Podcast 8 in the Series of 10: In this short, but fascinating conversation with writer, Anthony Guilbert, about his new book: Notes From the Drift, the teapotmonk discusses travel, fluidity, movement and how we can both interpret and employ the concepts from Taoism into our own lives.
    Anthony Guilbert may be a name familiar to some of you. As well as being a writer, lecturer, poet, spiritual anarchist and martial-artist he is well known for his successful online journal - Into Mountains Over Streams. ​
    This month, Anthony launched a new publication - Notes From the Drift - a beautifully interwoven collection of observations and reflections on travel, time, change and adaptability. Anthony kindly gave me a little of his time early one morning this week (5 a.m) to talk about the book, his thoughts on 21st century Taoism and the importance of what we each can give to the world.
    Find his book on amazon or visit www.anthonyguilbert.net

    • 16 min
    Spirographs - the Ultimate Tai Chi Weapon

    Spirographs - the Ultimate Tai Chi Weapon

    Why not Create your own Form? What tools would you need? Would a Spirograph help? What can history tell us about these decisions? Episode 7 in the series of 10 delves into the art of creation and asks the question: what's stopping you?

    • 7 min
    Captain Kirk and the Tai Chi Form

    Captain Kirk and the Tai Chi Form

    This month - the teapotmonk Investigation Crew explore the contradictions and vagaries of the Tai Chi Form and ask what would happen if we started to design our own? Is it time for us to boldly go where no one has gone (recently) before?

    • 10 min

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