I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.- Confucius
I agree completely about the need to practice, but Confucius didn’t quite nail it for me. I hear and see and then forget. In fact I can hear it and see it lots of times and then forget it lots of times. If I can’t get it into my body, I’m not going to remember it. Even then, I may have to be taught it or follow it a number of times before I can remember it and that’s just the shape! There are lots of things I hear constantly and am amazed when after months of hearing and seeing they suddenly make sense to me. I’m obviously a very slow learner, but I always have an excuse to practice and that makes me feel very relaxed about it all.
I don’t think you are a slow learner Fiona – just normal human being – I believe we only hear certain things when we are ready, the mind (no matter how clever it thinks it is) can really only work on one thing as a time and that is brilliant, slows us down as our body adjusts little bit by little bit. Layer by elusive layer. For me it’s more about not being such a ‘try hard’ as my body slowly transforms into a more relaxed body. I laugh at how stiff I can be ….when did the stiffness come and doing it over and over is the only way I feel the difference. Lucky it’s a wonderful art to practice! The refining bit is far more intriguing as, the more I think I know the more I don’t know! All good! - Jen
Indeed no hurry, we all learn at our own pace and in our own time just keep practicing as often as we can and enjoy the ride. Be soft relax there is always more we can learn, un-learn and send adrift, truly, a wondrous art.
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide
Mindful Walking Method