It seems this year is a time to talk of change! The new year brought the typical new year resolutions but, for some, it also brought a mindset towards enacting change in wider communities. Some movements for change involve using various physical movement practices to help enact and create change in ever widening pools of interaction. There are examples of techniques like this being used for physically empowering women and children, bringing communities into harmony with each other, and building teamwork.
One specific example of this is the "Move to End Violence" group. Norma Wong has a discussion of their stance and physical practice here: http://www.movetoendviolence.org/blog/discussing-stance-and-physical-practice-with-norma-wong/
Practices such as this provide a window into exploring how your practice of taijiquan influences not only your physical life but also your mental reaction and experience of life and the experiences around you.
Possible thoughts to explore, discuss and consider?
- How does connection with breath affect your taiji practice? Do you use the focus on that breath to center you mind in other places in your life?
- How does practicing a relaxed yet alert physical state influence your physical presence through the rest of your day? Can you feel any influence of the alert relaxation in your mental reactions to situations around you?
- Does practicing slow deliberate movement forward, back, left and right help you be more agile in your daily movements? Do you find yourself more willing to explore different directions in your view of the world around you?
All or none of these things may apply to you and your practice! What other things do you feel influenced by your practice. Do you feel the outside changing the inside?
How has your practice changed you? Is it stronger legs? Better balance? A relaxed, amused approach to the jerk down the hall? Join us in the discussion by posting a comment below!