Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Wise Man Practices

Josephus:  What difference is there between a learned and a wise man?
Banus:  The learned knows, and the wise man practices.

I slept until 6:30 - about 11 hours.  I got on line off and on through the morning.  Karen sat outside and read.  She is taking it easy as she begins her fast.

I cleaned my room, cleaned out my Lugable Loo, and did some hand laundry.  I talked to Travis on Skype. He has his sister, Dorothy visiting as well as Dorothy's son-in-law and grandchildren, John, Ashlie, and AJ.  I got to see and talk to all of them.

I am still looking for a place to stay in Sydney.  It takes time trying to balance price vs location.  A hostel is still a possibility, but the Ibis Hotel looks pretty good, too.

John got back from Cairns about 12:30, and we had lunch of papaya, black sapote, custard apple, avocado, banana, and coconut.  Our lunch conversation was about the raw food "gurus" who are teaching raw foods but not really teaching health.  Food is a part of health, but the other foundation points are equally as important.  Raw food, water, fresh air, sunshine, physical exercise, rest, sleep, prayer and meditation.  Each one is as important as the others.  So raw chocolate may be a raw food, but it is not a health food.  Same with many other raw foods.  John's simple raw food diet will never make him rich, but he is setting the example on how to live a rich, healthy life with a little money.

Consultations at 2:00.  I asked John if I would ever be able to have a flat tummy again.  He said, "You have to work at it.  And you have to keep at it."  He suggested some exercises which include twists, windmills, crunches,  the 8-10 original yoga postures, and shoulder stands.  John like Tai Chi and Qui Gong better than Yoga.  There is a Tai Chi class at the Natatorium in Hot Springs Village,   Maybe I will sign up for it when I get home.

I got the last of Lesson 42 written up and sent to John.  Next I'll be doing another supplemental lesson on pediatrics.

Supper was lettuce from the garden, tomato, avocado, sauerkraut, pecans and two dates.   I talked John's ear off during supper about all the things I hope to do with our little garden at home.  If we feed our fruit trees properly we can plant them closer together.  John says we can even espalier them, but I would need someone to show me how to do that.  I want to plant fruit trees in the front yard and side yard, too.  I'm excited about applying the lifestyle I'm learning here in my own environment.  I practiced my flute, got bundled up for a cold night, and read.


  1. I practice qigong every week at the dojo where I train. We do Wild Goose Breathing (dayan) form. I'm still only practicing the first set of 64 movements, and there are 7 sets in all. It takes 2 and a half hours to do all 7 sets, and some people do the whole thing several times a day! Just getting through the first set (17 minutes) is hard for me to do every day. It's supposed to be so great for building health, though.

  2. I admire you for the discipline. The mental strength you are developing is as important as the physical strength.