But on this fleeting journey of observation and interpretation, we have come to see the world, not through our eyes, or though our hearts, but through our minds. We celebrate our rationality, our dominance over nature and our faulting five senses. Tai Chi however, serves to remind us that this, is just one view amongst many. Another view, just as valid, and perhaps a tad more funky, is that life is a dance, not of the mind but of the hips and that it is going nowhere other than to express the joy of the moment.
Tai Chi helps us shift the balance back towards the world of sensuality, of movement, of integration rather than separation and of what Cheng Man Ching described as “Swing and return” - a description of how we ought to start and end our moves - for everything begins with the waist.
hip swinging in tai chi
Our problem here, is that we end up using words once more to define other words. Only the act itself can encompass the reality, the real feeling: that toe-tapping, hip-swinging essence that expresses ourselves in the moment. To that end, the teapotmOnk and Pearl Viper have joined creative forces to produce the first in a series of Taoist inspired EP’s for your most intimate, (and simultaneously public) pleasure. There are no contradictions in this landscape.
4 songs with a taoist twist
For less than the price of a coffee and a muffin, you could be dancing your way to immortality and learning the new language of movement that Chuang Tzu could only have dreamed about - or dreamt he dreamed about, if you remember the story of the butterfly.
Dance slowly and seductively to In a Hurry, sup on a moon beam or a fine wine to Nothing Remains Undone, or get up and wiggle your hips frenetically to How do I Know and To become an Immortal.
'The world is your body' said Al Watts, whilst he nibbled on a twiglet, wiggleld his waist and tapped his foot, like he knew know-one was watching.
where to listen to the 4 tracks
Discover more about music and martial arts in this special 2 part series by the teapotmonk.
If you were to ask your local @guru: What is the secret to everlasting life? And after she/he/it gravitated back to Earth for a moment to tell you - "follow me on Twitter and all shall be revealed” - what, would be your response?
I ask because, 9 out of 10 cat owners - according to latest scientific research - state that there is more than a single answer to the questions we seek. That life's great philosophical and religious conundrums can't be reduced to 280 characters, and that by adopting an esoteric name or wearing white flowing robes no more conveys wisdom that does a can of Baked Beans or Pot Noodle convey nourishment.
Because if there is one thing we can all agree on, it's that we can't all agree. And thats ok, until of course someone says it isn't - and that we should all walk the one true path. Yet, the one true path, like the upcoming revolution, is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere.
Walking the one true path
For history has shown that evolution arises from a series of accidental collisions, philosophical stumbles, rather than pursuing to the letter the words of dedicated theorists and that adaptability, a subtle smile or an open heart can inspire far more than a rigid frown, a rigid phrase or the rigid cover of a dusty tome.
And, as for that secret about everlasting life, is there ever really any secrets to anything?. Alan Watts:
«For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are like ways of trying to resist the present.»
Don't resist the present. Open to it, embrace it, Expand the moment. Discover that immortality is not an elixir or spell, it's just a change of mind. The revolution is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere.
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