Cultivation

Field Dynamics and Touch • Beth Hazzard • Qi264

Field Dynamics and Touch • Beth Hazzard • Qi264

Like quantum physics, our medicine is built on a sense of connection and potential. It inhabits the reality of a unified field where the boundaries of mind and matter, time and space, rest and motion, or sickness and health blur. Humans are part of a universal continuum, a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosm.

In this conversation with Beth Hazzard, we explore sensing and perception in the clinic through the lens of Quantum Shiatsu, which blends physicality, field dynamics and mindset.

Aug 9, 2022
Moving Into Ease, Yin Sotai and the Gentle Journey • Bob Quinn • Qi263

Moving Into Ease, Yin Sotai and the Gentle Journey • Bob Quinn • Qi263

Hands may not be represented in the Ancient Chinese symbol for listen 聽, ting. But as practitioners of East Asian medicine, we need to understand the importance of listening with our hands, of tapping into the power of intentional touch, and contacting our patients with awareness. Listening with the hands is the foundation of Sotai, Tuina, Shiatsu, and other bodywork modalities.

In this conversation with Bob Quinn, we touch on the use of Yin Sotai as a gentle method of bodywork, including its foundational principles and the implementation of the treatment in the clinic.

Aug 2, 2022
Taste of Taiwan, An Afternoon in a Tea Shop • Pia Giammasi • Qi261

Taste of Taiwan, An Afternoon in a Tea Shop • Pia Giammasi • Qi261

Today’s episode is a bit of a soundscape as we spend a portion of the afternoon drinking and discussing tea. Unlike your Western coffeeshop where you pop in for a beverage to go, or you grab a drink and sit with a couple of friends or work on your computer, a Taiwanese teashop has time unfolding at a completely different pace. And it is about dipping not only into something delicious in a cup, it’s about connecting with your community and making new friends.

Jul 19, 2022
Difference Between Presence and Control • Stuart Kutchins • Qi259

Difference Between Presence and Control • Stuart Kutchins • Qi259

Qiological is on vacation for the month of July, this discussion is one of a series of ‘summer re-runs’ of some of our favorite conversations from Everyday Acupuncture Podcast, which was the forerunner of Qiological.

Many of us fire up a meditation practice only to find ourselves sitting in an overwhelming riot of thought and agitation. Isn’t this practice supposed to calm us down, lower blood pressure, ease the migraines, and maybe give our recurring assortment of anxieties, troubles and tribulations a nudge to the curb? Maybe… but maybe not. Listen in!

Jul 5, 2022
A Look at the Tiger Year from the Halfway Point • Gregory Done • Qi258

A Look at the Tiger Year from the Halfway Point • Gregory Done • Qi258

In this conversation, we visit again with Gregory Done as we transition to the second half of the year. We spoke earlier this year in episode 249, where we discussed the interaction of character, nature, and fate—and how this informs our experiences. In this conversation, we explore the harmonizing of capacity and opportunity as the annual cycles of yin and yang change into each other.

Jun 28, 2022
Puzzling Through the Heavenly Stems • Deborah Woolf • Qi255

Puzzling Through the Heavenly Stems • Deborah Woolf • Qi255

Everyday we sit with people in our clinic and puzzle through the questions of “What is going on for them,” “Can I see clearly what they need,” and “Do I understand how this person is an expression of yin/yang, heaven and earth?”

Our patients have a story. And so do we, except we usually call it Chinese medicine theory and we are seeing if we can take our Western minds into the world of East Asian medicine, and come back with something helpful. Our Western minds orient us towards the linear, but Chinese medicine thinking– that has us going in circles, cycles and waves.

Jun 7, 2022
Addiction and Healing • Randal Lyons • Qi253

Addiction and Healing • Randal Lyons • Qi253

Defining addiction has long attracted a medley of explanations—with some leaning towards nature, some nurture, and others towards a perfect storm of both. It’s a complicated subject. Especially when our addiction fueled behavior is seen as socially acceptable, or perhaps even valued.

In this conversation with Randal Lyons, we step into the dark forest of addiction, recovery and Chinese medicine. According to Randal, we need the right language to recognize and treat each patient’s different expressions of addiction. We discuss the concept of spirituality in medicine, inviting patients to participate in their healing, leaning on remembrance, and how being present goes a long way in connecting with our patients.

May 24, 2022
Medicine, Ethics and Virtue • Sabine Wilms • Qi251

Medicine, Ethics and Virtue • Sabine Wilms • Qi251

In this conversation with Sabine Wilms, we explore the complex dynamics of power and the idea of a virtuous hierarchy borne out of the authority of competence. We also bat around the inadequacies of translations and the limitations of language. And as a storyteller at heart, Sabine weighs up the concept of yangsheng using some popular Chinese teaching tales.

May 10, 2022
Character, Nature and Fate— Navigating the Human Realm with Polestar Astrology • Gregory Done • Qi249

Character, Nature and Fate— Navigating the Human Realm with Polestar Astrology • Gregory Done • Qi249

Where do we come from, where are we headed and what should we do in the interim? Is the blueprint of our life set in stone, or do we have the free will to control our destiny? It is so very human to contemplate our mortal fate and infinitesimal position in the cosmos.

But what if the answers to life’s most elusive questions are written in the stars? What if we can catch a glimpse, a silhouette, or a knowing of how our stories unfold? According to Chinese Polestar Astrology life is a dance between Fate, Nature, and Character…

Apr 26, 2022
Tools, Perception, and Attention • Gary Klepper • Qi246

Tools, Perception, and Attention • Gary Klepper • Qi246

Our tools don’t just expand our faculties. They change what we can do by training our physical and cognitive senses. They temporarily become part of who we are. In a sense—we are the tool in our clinical work. We act as a kind of both filter and mirror for our patients, and help them tap into latent resources they did not know they had.

In this conversation with Gary Klepper, we investigate the idea of perceiving the Teishin as a listening post to amplify our attention and how to interpret and utilize that sensory stream of information within clinical settings. We also explore the topic of cultivation, working from home, and how online tools help open up new lines of communication to facilitate the practitioner-patient relationship.

Apr 5, 2022