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Light and limber

One of the benefits I have found from lock down has been the opportunity to do my own daily practice during which I have been reminded of the saying from the Tai Chi classics that one’s Tai Chi should be “light and limber” – especially when watching videos of master Chen Yu who has a beautifully loose and light way of moving.

It reminded me in turn of my own teacher Karel  Koskuba who talks about practicing to be “loose, agile, bounce and shake”.

All these word models of course are short forms of concepts that have deep emotional roots – they are shorthand for these more diffuse concepts – a form of sigil which we employ to help us move toward our goal – remembering that the exercises and forms are ways of learning how to do – but are not themselves what we are seeking – that is something altogether different.

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