So, I just returned from Northern Alberta. It was a five-day vacation, mostly centred on hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. There is a different energy to the nature and majesty of mountains and their surrounding environment. It is something almost palpable. The energy and joy the mountains provide is not… Read more »
My opinion on body alignment vs energy cultivation in Tai Chi practice.
Physical and Psychological freedom from tension are the goals.
“Peng” or “Ward off” is one of the main forces (energies/techniques) used in the arsenal of Tai Chi Chuan. It has the internal, feeling-awareness, subjective feeling quality of a ball filled with air, or when in use of a boat being floated upon the ocean, in this case, you are the ocean and your opponent… Read more »
Relax The master principle of all Tai Chi movement is the principle of Relaxation, looseness, ‘song’. When one relaxes completely into the skeletal and fascial structure of one’s body, one naturally aligns one’s body with the principle of effective (effortlessly effective) body mechanics. Aligning bodily with effortlessly effective body mechanics encourages the body to move… Read more »
Prayer to the Unknowable Having grown up Catholic I’ve been exposed to the rudiments of prayer since a young age. From the prescribed, formal memorization of The Lord’s Prayer to a more spontaneous prayer that voices the soul’s supplication, there seems to be a power in prayer to relieve anxiety in one’s heart. This relief,… Read more »