Welcome to FULL RANGE Strength and Health, a resource for every one seriously seeking full spectrum strength, health, and wisdom. My name is Don and I have been training my body, mind and spirit, for almost 60 years. Over the years I have studied martial arts, completed Master's degrees in philosophy and Chinese medicine, and earned certifications in human nutrition education, IART Fitness Clinician, and Transformation Meditation (details here).
FULL RANGE Strength and Health focuses on showing you how to build physical strength and health –– with brief, high-intensity, precision strength and mobility training; foods for strength and health; and selected supplements.
But I don't stop there. I understand that physical strength and health are merely the material foundations for a noble life. To clarify what I mean by a "noble life," here is the definition of "noble":
Derived from earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know" (from PIE root *gno- "to know").
Thus a noble man is a man of knowledge; not modern science, but knowledge of ultimate concern and ultimate reality. This is a path of self-knowledge, self-mastery and self-realization; the Dharma Way or Tao.
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.
––Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing), 33.
Although the Way is easy to find because it is our True Nature, its not easy to follow because "people love to be sidetracked" by distractions:
If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and my only fear will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy [natural],
But people love to be sidetracked.
––Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing), 53
From a young age I have felt my mortality and sought the meaning and purpose of life, suffering and death. I have trained body, mind and spirit, aiming to bring thought, word and deed into harmony with the Way. I have spent many hours studying the insights of the most illustrious of sages and sacred scriptures of ancient nations.
"Now look, you Kalamas, do not be led by reports, or tradition, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, nor by mere logic or inference, nor by considering appearance, nor by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, nor by the idea: 'This is our teacher.' But O Kalamas, when you know for yourselves that certain things are unwholesome, and wrong, and bad, then give them up...And when you know for yourselves that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them." – Gautama the Buddha (Anguttara-nikaya)
Over my 6 decades I have put many teachings to the Buddha's test, and indeed acquired a bit of wisdom from the ancient sages, and now I bring their wisdom to these pages.
"Not by the weak, not by the unearnest, not by those who practice wrong disciplines can the Self be realized. The Self reveals Himself as the Lord of Love to the one who practices right disciplines." Mundaka Upanishad II.2.4
I pray what I offer here will help you obtain strength, health, truth, freedom, a good life, and indeed to realize your union with God. To exit this dark age we need noble men, for only noble men can produce a Golden Age.
Victory to all noble men!
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
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