"Without excess tension there is relaxation. When there is relaxation, there is the potential to sink. Sinking is a mental process. What we sink, is tensions release, the feeling of relaxation".
By Mark Ryan
Firstly, I can only speak of from personal experience. For myself, Tai Chi Time is ‘me’ time. I look forward to this time, no matter what, no phone calls will be answered, no texts replied to, no phone nearby, no television audible, I am uncontactable. Why?... Why not?... No time for problems, forget anger, negativity... sink, relax ... Tai Chi Time.
By Jen Binney
An 89 year old student of mine inspired me to write this poem.
In our ‘full’ overthinking world tension has crept in to everything
- for me as I take up the challenge of finding stillness my mind gets noisier.
Stillness can be like finding a needle in a haystack!
Enjoy your day.
This is in response to a question by Rachel about the relevance of why do we turn (rotate) on heel in “rotating left to kick with heel” and front ball of foot in “rotating right into sweep lotus”.
It’s important for a couple of reasons, as will be outlined below, but it struck me that it is an aspect of the form I had given little consideration or thought to, though I can remember asking this very same question of my teacher many years ago.
The Bubbling Well is an open discussion group for fellow students of Taichichuan. Very broadly, as you may be aware, the study and practice of Taichichuan encompasses and is pursued as a means of Health and well-being, Self-Defence, a living Philosophy and as a means for Self-Cultivation.
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide