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.
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.
There are some systems built over time that have a certain modularity in them, a pluggability. An essence, that can be extended upon, drawn on at any time, "bootstrapped" so to speak, with common assumptions and observations and beliefs. The Chinese systems of politics, philosophy, religion, medicine, health, divination, and astrology all share a single thread; they are observations of change. The study of how change changes, or what the process of change entails, has been mystifying human beings since the beginning of time.
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.
When we think of improving our own Health and Wellness, we often have the perspective that has been given to us by the media, in other word there is more to consider than is socially/culturally recognized. For most of us, we are growing our understanding as more is being exposed due to the availability of the Internet. Still, marketing and advertising has learned to mask itself as “source information”, and while some of this is accurate, much of it is aimed at personal or corporate gain.
Over the years I have attended many classes, introductions, events and workshops with Michael. There is a thread between all of them that seems to be present; his dedication to working with people where they are at, not giving things out that can't be understood yet (unless that's the lesson you need ), and not confusing people with linear details. If you look at the lineage page you'll see an excerpt about Michaels' teacher which I find particularly relevant to this discussion: