CHI - WHY SO SLOW ?
youve never seen Tai Chi performed youve really missed
something. Dozens, or even hundreds, of people at once. The tensions
of life are transformed to a kind of submerged concerto, the turning
and twisting all in perfect synchronization. Softly limbs raise
and lower as though to a silent musical score which connects all
the players. The music only exists because they are moving together,
a string section playng the wind.
course the dynamics of all this is far more complex than just wandering
around. Experience has shown us a hundred reasons for each motion.
But the first and foremost thing people watching Tai Chi are struck
by is the slowness of the movement. How can it be exercise? And
why so slow? they ask.
that question makes us think about speed itself. Let's pose the
same query to other professionals and teachers:
does it take so long to create a great wine?
do I play so slowly when I practice a musical instrument?
cant I hurry up and learn about love, and family, and myself?
really the answer is obvious, isnt it? Slow happens whenever
we want to go deep. Slow is deep. After all, I wouldnt
want a quickie massage, or a hurried dinner with best friends, or
my vacation cut short.
course, we have to speed things up, all the time. The pace of our
lives is rarely completely within our grasp. But we shouldnt take
what we have to do for what wed like to do.
Personally I feel most like myself when I slow everything down,
sit with a steaming cup of tea, watch the shadows changing in the
what Tai Chi tries to engender in us. A sense of treating our own
bodies as we would treat the most valuable heirloom in our house.
As we would treat something precious we own.
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