Random thoughts, from the inside...
Doing the Taiji form is not so much about an external result but an internal process. We must be present throughout the entirety of the process. When we start to skip ahead of the immediate movement at hand it brings an immediate disconnect from feeling and being present through the internal process to an external focus on results ("completion of posture"). When this occurs the “spirit is no longer being gathered within”, or to put it another way, ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.
"If correct timing and position are not achieved, the body will become disordered and will not move as an integrated whole; the correction for this defect must be sought in the legs and waist.”
From Trish Tan
A short lecture by Kristin Neff. Please follow the link below (click to open in a new window).
Video: Resilience and Self-Compassion
This research reminds me of why we need to live gently and be more compassionate towards ourselves. She talks about having an open heart – very much an art in itself. Accepting and letting go, all a part of practising Taiji Quan.
- Trish Tan
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide