It's not about learning fixed, rigid positions, but instead learning to nurture flexibility and adaptability - in not just our joints and ligaments, - but in our thoughts too.
Invest in loss
To do this, to move towards this goal (for who's interested in arriving?)
In tai chi there is a common expression thrown about - to invest in loss. Practitioners use it a lot in the exercise of 'push hands', but I think we need to employ that phrase in our dealings with other people. Particularly those that challenge us. We need to invest in loss - but what sort of loss?
To embrace the art of losing
At some point, have you ever glanced up at the horizon and looked ahead, and having looked - had the smallest, tiniest, niggling doubt about where it's all taking you. No? I think it's good to do this every now and then. To reconsider your direction. But it leaves a big question - how do we honestly change?
I don't mean change a profile image, I don't mean change a twitter name or share a meaningful zen quote on your timeline and think that will do. I mean, how do we honestly change from within? Is there an app for that?
Well, forget downloading an app, because there isn't a app for that. Believe me I've looked. What we need to download is some time and space. To brush away the dust of life and embrace a practice that embodies a principle. A practice that is the goal, a journey that is the end itself, a way of turning an idea into an action - and that is tai chi.
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Contrary to popular belief, the teapotmOnk (paul read) is neither a mOnk nor a teapOt. He is, however, a writer on Tai Chi, course-creator & teacher with more than 25 years of experience. He can be found wandering between Andalucia (Spain) & Devon (Uk). More here.
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