Archive for January, 2010

Qi Gong

January 31st, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Personal

I reached a milestone today: I learned the 36th and last of the Qi Gong exercises I started learning back in September 2009, with Sifu Yamel Torres at the Chinese Martial Arts and Wellness Center.

liangong-collected2As Sifu Torres explains it, “Qi gong literally means “breath exercises” and is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese martial arts and spirituality. Its primary driving force was the search for health and longevity.”

In the style I learned–and I see from browsing around on the internet that there are a good number of styles–there are six sets of six exercises. Each set focuses on a different part of the body, the back, the knees, and so on. All are a triple combination of breathing, stretching, and balancing. Each set starts with fairly simple movements and progresses to increasingly more complex movements, many with subtle variations on the initial exercise’s theme.

I like the meditative aspect of the exercises, which require a combination of breathing and mental focus. Indeed, they are mental as well as physical exercises, for I found that it takes brain work to remember the moves and notice the subtleties of movement.

I am not the most coordinated person on the planet, and to remember movements with my arms and legs going in different and not especially common directions while focusing on my breath isn’t easy. But the pain in my lower back and stiffness and numbness in my leg is considerably less.

My desk was across the wall from Sifu Yamel’s studio, and I would hear him working the teacher he trains hard. I started working with him finally on the more gentle Qu Gong exercises to gain flexibility, reduce back pain and stress, and increase my level of energy. So far, so good.

The story of how Yamel met a Chinese martial arts master, became his student, and decided to carry on his legacy is both inspiring and moving. Ready Yamel’s discovery of the Seven Star Praying Mantis style of kung fu in tribute to Master Raymond Ly (Ming Loy) .

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January 30th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Technology

Last week I started to use the Zemanta plug-in for Google Chrome as a tool to help in writing posts for the two WordPress-based blogs I write. I am impressed and will continue.

Zemanta uses the slogan “Blog Smarter” in its title bar and the line “Write your post . . . Enrich with Zemanta . . . Get more traffic.” I can’t say anything about the claim “get more traffic,” but I have found that the tool both make blogging easier (I’ll use that for smarter) and enriches posts.

Read more in “Extending Blog Posts with Zemanta” in my Canright Communications Onlines blog.

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Economy Links 01-29-10

January 29th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Technology

More reports on the transformation of the economy through the convergence of social networking with media and the emergence of the mobile economy.

Towards a socialised state

The Economist does a special report on social media. “Online social networks are changing the way people communicate, work and play, and mostly for the better.”

A segment of a social network
A segment of a social network from Wikipedia

Data Show That Self-Reference Does Not Get Followers

Simple lesson here for social media marketers: “Want more followers? Stop talking about yourself.”

Public relations in the recession: Good news

In another article, The Economist reports how public relations firms are weathering the recession. “After all, companies that fall foul of the rules will need the help of a PR firm.”

Apple’s iPad: Just Good Enough to Transform the Publishing/Media Industries

And perhaps the Apple economy will bring good news to media companies as well, Patricia Seybold suggests.

Mobile: It’s Here and It’s Real

Meanwhile, the emerging mobile economy reportedly is breathing new life into retail. Retailers should “like social and love mobile,” one industry analyst suggests.

Mobile Trends 2020

And here’s a look at the future of mobile media from

Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself

Finally, who better to talk about reinventing yourself and career than Seth Godin. “As power shifts, so does opportunity,” he writes. “The economy just gave you leverage—the leverage to make a difference, the leverage to spread your ideas and the leverage to have an impact.” To tie this article with PR, see a video interview of Godin by the man who ties together social networking and PR, David Meerman Scott.

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Life Purpose and Spirituality

January 28th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Philosophy, Psychology
I am considering the possibility that fear and anxiety are spiritual offerings to God. It’s a suggestion from my Ideal State Action Plan today at the Men’s Leadership Development Week at the Wright Leadership Institute. I’m not sure I buy it exactly, but I like the idea of the spiritual manifesting itself in daily living.
I have been exploring spirituality from that perspective in my studies the Wright Graduate Institute for the Realization of Human Potential. In my overview paper on Life Purpose and Spirituality course, I accept the view that a mature conception of life purpose and spirituality unites the two in daily living. The paper provides a survey of the philosophical and psychological traditions in which a person’s life purpose and spirituality are integral to daily human existence.

Traditionally, spirituality is ­the realm of the world’s religions, while purpose is often considered in terms of practical work. In more recent times, Western philosophers and psychologists have united the two, where spirituality and purpose form a unity of human daily existence.

Read the paper and let me know what you think.