How we move says so much

Sunday, June 9, 2019 How we move says so much about us. We identify so closely with how we move. Whether or not we are aware of it, our manner of moving is very often a matter of self-image. Posture and gait even develop from attitudes—how we see ourselves and how we wish others to see us. It’s a personality thing. We would not be the person we know if we moved differently. We’re not going to saunter like John Wayne, because we are not him. Our walk is us; our posture is us. The famous actor’s walk was made up, of course. Normally, we are not conscious of how we walk and stand. We learned Read More …

Tai Chi Retreat on Market

I have recently placed my tai chi retreat on the market for sale. I thought readers of my blogs would be interested in knowing of its availability. You can learn more at forsalebyowner.com (#24201170), craigslist.org, or at Longhollowretreat.info. Here is some of the postings’ text. I’m available to answer questions. I describe it on HesperusColoradoRefuge.wordpress.com blog, too. Please comment if you like. A scenic, recreational property in a natural setting 16 miles from Durango, Colorado. This is a good place for the right person who wants to be near Durango, but not always right in the thick of it. Two adjacent parcels (39 and 37 acres) surrounded by wildlife, forest and lots of sky. A private Read More …

Secret (not!) to solving tension

You hear “letting go” a lot to reduce tension in the body. Also, “let the qi flow,” which is not heard as much. The how to do either is even less known or understood. One key: find the tension, become familiar with what tension is. Begin simply seeking tension, clenching, holding back, hesitation, and pain (of course). Move through it Not just moving it, the part that is tense, but moving “through it.” What is moving? The joint, muscle, even bone, etc., but also energy flowing—a feeling beyond mechanical motion of the body material. It permeates flesh and bone, and travels like the wind rising up from the river’s current. Energy has no shape except what Read More …

Tai Chi and its Quality of Movement

There is a way of moving in tai chi that is difficult to teach or otherwise convey. It is difficult to learn, too. It’s a “quality of movement” in which you become, or have become, aware of its nature. It is a state of being that you carry out like you would a movement. It compels the body to change its shape smoothly and freely. Maybe you don’t learn it as much as discover it. As though you knew how to do it all along. It’s so easy, subtle, like doing almost nothing. However difficult or easy this quality of movement is to discover, it will have one characteristic that I am aware of. In order Read More …

Finding center and balance

You have a center point and a center line. The center point drops and rests on the ground and from there moves, expands, shrinks. Become more aware and able to achieve this activity of sinking to build a sense of alignment. From feet to top of head, you can see it as the middle line up and down in the spine. The bubbling well, or bubbling spring (yongquan), is key in helping you feel for it. What throws you off balance when you stand on one leg is the tensing of the muscles in the soles of the feet, the ankles and calf muscles are thrown out of balance when that happens and you fall. It Read More …

Tai Chi, Qigong and Prevention

04/12/15 It’s common knowledge that exercising and eating better can improve the quality of life for seniors. This truth is a reality for more and more people as Baby Boomers reach retirement age, especially for those of us who want to live active lives during retirement. It’s a less savory reality, however, that from ages 60-75 you can breakdown a lot more quickly than you ever imagined, especially without taking preventative approaches to live healthily. We’re finding out (rather, known for a long time) that simple things like walking at least a mile a day, eating more nutritious foods, even viewing nature and meditating, will improve our quality of life and even help to live longer. Read More …

Do workplace wellness programs work?

Do workplace wellness programs work? Read a current article on findings of a study. The conclusion is keep on going, not because it’s working but rather it’s not clear enough https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/16/713902890/how-well-do-workplace-wellness-programs-work

Tai chi and the “Comfort Zone”

Sometimes we have to do something out of our comfort zone if we want to learn. We have to learn out of our moment of inertia. Few want to do that. Few actually do. Most don’t want to even try. It’s our times. All of the effort we make to do anything amounts to an effort to reach what I see as “equilibrium.” It’s human nature. No problem with that. Problem is, we equate an unwillingness to move out of our comfort zone as seeking equilibrium. We do need balance, but doing nothing won’t change a condition. It needs to shift to improve. In tai chi practice, change is as simple as changing the way you Read More …