Life style is related to health and wellness, and learning to observe one's habits, tendencies and intentions can be a place to begin a deeper form of self care. The external body is our personal 3-D material expression, and as such, holds pathways to understanding ourselves, as both a starting point and a way to work inwards.
The internal body is also in a material form, but is felt rather than visually seen, and so it expresses a different form of self contact, one that is seen and experienced through feeling.
In response to the many changes Humankind is going through, we cannot look away from the decline in Health and Wellness and it's relationship to the seeming benefits of “civilized lifestyle.” While there are many new, creative and wondrous advancements that have come from our evolution and development as a species, we cannot over-look what we have over-looked along the way. Creativity has a strange way of distracting us from common sense, as we revel in the joy of many expressions.
When was the last time you thought about the way in which you made choices in your life? What instructs you to choose one course of action over another? Chinese people have known for a long time that we have an internal compass, our heart, which guides us in all aspects of our life. We have the innate ability to feel if something is favorable or good for us.
Stillness/slowing practice is the foundational starting point of Tai Chi, QiGong and movement therapy. First things first....returning to our basic state of connection, alignment and balance is key to maintaining that state in all movements and motion so standing is a natural place to begin. We may also find that just being still is rather difficult, a definite clue that we need to return to our basic origins, using the intent and physical practices to slow down, to return and ease into a state of inner stillness.
Illness and injury prevention is core to Tai Chi and QiGong. The most basic aspects of the practice are an invitation to understanding what influences daily, seasonal and yearly changes. Our habits, patterns and tendencies can be observed over short, medium and long term periods of time, and will reflect a deeper way to cultivate wellness. Learning to study ourselves, and question our reactions or responses, helps us consider the small changes needed for daily health momentum.
#1 - If you are practicing (practice mantra: “I am practicing balance”) in a balanced way - that induces the beginnings of balance ongoing. How? Rhythm is essential to understanding this - and something to keep learning from. If something goes in and out, left and right, and up and down in a regulated way, it can carry its own momentum into greater and greater lengths of time without an external force. The secret is that balance practiced ongoing through rhythm produces breakthrough - or what was not possible is now possible or what was not known is now known.
It is sometimes difficult to track the circumstances that lead to illness or imbalances in the body. One would need to pay as much attention to themselves, situational changes and the many changing environments we move through, and then relate to build-ups and feelings of depletion as a basis for tracking how, when and why an imbalance occurred.