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Stillness Is Death

When is the body ever completely still?

Only in death is there no movement.

If you are living, you are breathing.

If you are breathing, you are moving.

The movements of tai chi ride upon the breath wave

like flotsam following an ocean current.

The hip bone is connected to the thigh bone.

The thigh bone is connected to the shin bone.

The shin bone is connected to the ankle bone.

Thus when one thing moves, so does the next

and the next

and the next.

How could it be but thus?

As long as sequential movement is not arrested

by tension, resistance, and stress

the breath moves the body

and the body, in turn, moves the breath

and the chain is unbroken

so that the crown of the head

and the tips of the toes

are bosom buddies.

What affects the minutest part

affects the whole

and what affects the whole

affects the minutest part.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Flow, Tai Chi

 

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Thinking And Breathing

Thinking is like breathing. We do it pretty much all the time, automatically. We can only exert so much conscious control over it. We can put it on hold for a short time, but the moment we stop paying attention it starts to happen again. Its quality and rhythm are influenced by our habits and emotional state. We even do it while we sleep.

You can do exercises to hold your breath longer, to control it more consciously, to improve its quality and function. Likewise with thinking.

The quality of your breath is how well it enriches your body. The quality of your thinking is how well it enriches your life.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Meditation

 

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