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“The Dao that can be spoken of is not the true Dao” Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ting. 
And yet so much has been spoken - and written - about the Dao, and this is also true for taiji.
So here I will attempt to clarify some basic methods and ideas relating to the form, techniques, and inner listening qualities of taiji.

We first activate the body-mind, then the mind-body sphere; we circulate the energy through the open joints with a deeper understanding of muscles and pressures; through various taiji and qigong postures and stances of the forms, we then stimulate the meridians and channels; and finally we refine ourselves through self-awareness, self-discipline and meditation.
Knowledge and understanding of the methods, techniques, energetics and meditative quality of taiji can lead to wisdom.  We can be revitalised, energised, sensitised, stimulated and refined to deepen our - inner knowledge, inner calmness and peace.

Self-awareness, and discipline improves our connection to our body – mind - energy sphere.
Learning to absorb pressure helps to resolve conflict. Taiji promotes sensitivity and allows us to move from outer worldly affairs to an inner meditative space.

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Taiji nourishes the internal organs, strengthens the bones, increases muscle elasticity, manages foot and waist pressure more efficiently, stimulates brain activity, promotes peace, faith, love, trust, justice and truth, although these ideas may be difficult to understand or implement in our busy and stressful everyday lives.So, for example, our digestive, respiratory and immune systems, which will typically register and react to distress and develop dis-ease, are strengthened through training, which helps to counter such attacks and assist the functioning of our sensory and endocrine systems.

We seek to integrate the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems – which we might think of as the respective energy-getting and spending systems of the body (and are also analogous to the right and left sides of the brain – broadly, the intuitive, poetic vs the analytic, controlling spheres) – through particular exercises which stimulate the flow of energy to strengthen the organs, tissues and bones of the body and, consequently, develop greater mental and emotional well-being.  As these systems become more closely aligned, the parasympathetic (yin) will be favoured, producing inner calm and peace.
The three stages of relaxation is first to relax the body, then to sink our energy and finally to empty our thoughts.
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The aim of our PRACTICE of TAIJI is first to:
Reorganise and reintegrate our true physical and energetic well-being (yang) through:-
EXERCISE – MAINTENANCE - SELF AWARENESS – ENERGETICS
- We perfect the form, increase our physical skill through the movements and techniques of the form. The movements express ideas of the universal Dao in the way that the Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Torah, Vedas, Upanishads and various other spiritual texts convey meaning and connection to original sources

- We learn to watch the flow of energy

- We investigate the difference between our senses (eyes, ears, nose, smell, touch) with our sensors (pain, pressure, joint position, temperature, muscle states)

- We Improve vital energy

- Certain taiji and qigong postures stimulate, promote and control the energy flow through the meridians to joints and centres, directing and activating the coiled energy through the mind-body energy sphere to increase their elasticity

- Improved skill, movement, health and fitness are initial benefits.

- Horizontal body movements (yang) represent the physical plane, while habitual activity is circular and meditation or inner stillness us vertical (Yin).

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When the form is done correctly the following benefits may manifest in the BODY, in:
Better co-ordination
Better balance
Deeper Relaxation
Better postural and body alignment
Strengthening of muscles
Stabilising bones
Strengthening of ligaments, muscles, tendons, sinews and other fascia tissue
Increased level of fitness
Looser and more open joints
Release of tension within the body
Better body co-ordination, balance, revitalisation and calmness
Stimulates the vital organs
Soothes the nerves
Supports the immune system
Stores and maintains sexual functioning
Increase in vitality
Rejuvenation and healing of the body

A) MOVEMENT
Stabilises the centre
Synthesises the body structure
Sensitises the kinetic and spatial movement
Regulates and smoothens the energy flow
Sharpens the responses

B) MIND
Spreading the awareness in and around the body balances and settles the emotions; silences (quietens) the minds activity and inner dialogue; synchronises the brains rhythms; Improves the concentration and stills the incessant inner chatter

C) BEYOND STUDY – LIFE IN THE WORLD – to re-adjust our emotional ups and downs:-
1 - Facilitate mental tranquillity
2 - Thinking, knowledge, understanding
3 - Improve balance and equanimity, improve one’s calmness, centeredness, be neither a rightist/leftist or midlist
4 - Stirs the deeper wisdom and understanding and the journey through mind to the beyond by quietening and deepening the mind - (no-mind, deep mind)
5 - Develops our physical and mental space
6 - We learn to clearly distinguish between Yin and Yang (Yin/Yang Pghiliosophy).
7 - We apply the principles to our daily life.

D) MEDITATION – through Balance of the Physical,, Emotional and Energetic gates, we realign our intellectual, philosophical and spiritual connection:
1) The movements of the form convey either skilful techniques or philosophical ideas.
2) The movements are intertwined in the forms and techniques
3) Improves concentration and relaxation
4) A desire to realise the deep inner self and to investigate the ideas of spirit, soul and source.
5) Vertical movements (Yin) represent the deeper part of the mind WHICH convey ideas AND is useful in understanding philosophy, improving meditation and contemplation

 

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A well balanced motor neuron and nervous system is developed through the correct physical and energetic postures, techniques and forms, with a greater emphasis on the parasympathetic nervous system ( happiness, well being, fun! ) as opposed to the sympathetic nervous system ( anxiety stress, logic, disorder ).

The Dao represents Life as a harmony between opposites, a symphony of ideas and a universal melody. Dao is the eternal law which governs our relationship to each other and to the universe itself connecting us to the bio- rhythm of the earth through the slow and gentle like TAIJI movements.

To fully understand THE NATURE OF TAIJI we study the forms, postures, techniques, re-balance our energies, and allow a deeper playful and non-serious meditative quality in our lives. It is an experience of the unknown and unknowable. So we can say that taiji mirrors life as an unfathomable, unknowable mystery.

SKILL THE BODY, STILL THE MIND, AND FILL THE HEART AND SOUL

Being genuine, fun and open-minded our being is still, and the path clear.

Zikr – the Sufi state of self-remembering through constant refining of ourselves and by practising the forms.

If through practice of the forms, techniques and postures you feel the benefit to your well-being, happiness and wholeness, then practice becomes less of a doing and more of a being i.e. a natural response and understanding that if something works for you then ongoing practice can only lead to greater benefits and a deeper and clearer insight in managing our psychological and physiological togetherness.

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SOME IDEAS OF YIN/YANG BALANCE
Remember Also: nothing is absolute and while the world we live in a world where everything is relative, the distinction between yin and yang, good and bad, beautiful and ugly becomes merely a matter of viewpoint. As in our taiji we never fully come to rest, nor put our total weight on only one leg. There is always a 70/30, 80/20, 90/10 ratio between each foot and always some external or internal movement between postures.

TAIJI SHORT FORM POSTER

YIN

YANG

Rest

work

Passivity

Activity

Meditation (non-action)

Action

Soft

Hard

Eternal

Temporal

Healing

Hurting

Circumference

Peripheral

Relaxed

Anxious

De-stress

Stress

Well-being

Depression

Expression

Suppression

Expression

Repression

Happiness/wholeness

Un-happiness/un-wholeness

Spiritual

Material

Internal

External

Eternal

Transient

Love

Hate

Compassion

Anger

Inner

Outer

Float

Fight

Individuality

Personality

Black

White

Faith

Effort

Spirit

Matter

Ideas

Methods

Absolute

Relative

Space

Time

Reconnect

disconnect

Heart

mind

Mind-body

Mind-heart

 

 

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“A Sufi mystic who had always remained happy was asked…. For seventy years people had watched him, he had never been found sad. One day they asked him, ‘What is the secret of your happiness?’ He said, ‘There is no secret. Every morning when I wake up, I meditate for five minutes and I say to myself, “Listen, now there are two possibilities: you can be miserable, or you can be blissful. Choose.” And I always choose to be blissful.’

     Osho, Unio Mystica, Vol. 2 Talk #10

 

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