Very good sentiment, John. In my practice I've found that I've had the best results when I simply take time to play with one or two ideas at a time, to really feel how the body is working. This tends to lead to other breakthroughs in other parts of my practice, much like ripples in a pond.
'Gentle nurturing' is, I think, a central concept, one I've often had difficulty applying though! The world today is so fast-paced and we're often faced with tension creeping in through work deadlines, relationship responsibilities, interpersonal conflicts etc. One of the hardest, yet most rewarding lessons I've learnt through the Art is the idea of kindly nurturing and cultivating what is within. I've found that my Taijiquan practice cultivates a feeling of centredness which changes my perspective on the world. I have a method that allows me to step back and see 'what is,' preventing me from being drawn to deeply into the confusion of everyday life.
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide
Mindful Walking Method