I loved the quote from yesterday as it triggered so many thoughts in such a small line. To me and my own experience it made me reflect on both the Art and on life.
With the Art it reminded me of:
- Relaxing first to try and develop sung and a strong posture
- The idea of ‘letting the tea leaves settle’ by playing with ideas in your body, but not holding onto them too tightly, giving yourself time for it to sink in.
- To grasp the ideas of Tai Chi you must first let go of internal tensions and ideas. It is to ‘empty your cup’.
In life it spoke to experiences where I’ve:
- Held too hard to an idea of how things ‘should’ be, rather than letting go and allowing things to come together naturally
- How I’ve learnt to develop a goal or idea but then let it go, not chase it down or expect certain things. I take a lifetime approach, walk slowly and cultivate opportunities. I’m learning to go more gently.
- Gone outside my comfort zone and let go of fears and preconceived notions to embrace something new.
It seems like such a simple idea but is so hard to do in practice. These are only small glimpses I’ve had and the real challenge is being able to DO them, which I know I find so much harder!
How does everyone else see it?
Wishing you a lovely day,
Thanks for sharing your insights of your practice Felicity - very thought provoking, much appreciation. Great to hear you are getting a lot from your practice.
I have found for me it is important in Taichichuan (life) to cultivate unhurried-ness. I first learnt the importance of unhurried-ness whilst walking with old people in the remote desert region of South Australia.
I began cultivating unhurried-ness from the moment I woke by telling myself not to hurry, to allow the day to unfold, to go about doing what I need to do in an unhurried manner. Its important to me that I begin my morning Taichichuan (day) in a fresh and unhurried manner. Being unhurried I am not in a rush to do the form just so I can get it finished, just being there makes me tension-less and awake through every gesture of every posture.
Gradually, after practice I began to notice that the unhurried-ness began to linger, at first maybe for an hour, then three or four hours and there are times when unhurried-ness winds through my whole day, Still there are times upon opening my door to the hustling bustling push and shove of modernity I need to remind myself HEY where is your unhurried-ness? I am slowly learning though, unhurried-ness is not so much about arriving or how fast or slow I go but a state of mind that allows me to walk through the desert knowing all I need is already there.
Begin with small things and allow it to grow
- John H
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide
Mindful Walking Method