As a child in a post war western society of the 50’s feedback was a very hit and miss affair – sometimes literally – but rarely was there useful guidance.

It is only in recent times that the growth and popularisation of western psychology has led to study of human behaviour in anything like scientific observational terms and availability of that knowledge on a widespread basis. Perhaps it was this lack of constructive feedback that led me and many like me in the 60’s and 70’s looking to the eastern Buddhists and Taoists – early “scientific” students of the natural world – for a knowledge based approach to the human experience.

What was previously a random series of experiences and poorly understood lessons was termed the “school of life” – in fact this was a complete misnomer – there was/is very little teaching and very little learning in life skills – in fact often simply a series of falling into and negotiating traps and tests set by others followed by a struggle to recover from them.   Fortunately the knowledge we have now has the potential to greatly enhance the life learning process both externally in our social behaviours and in our internal experiences.

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I recently read a piece by Osho – a Buddhist teacher ( posted by an old friend of mine – thank you Chris for the reminder ) about the way that meditation is simply “a device to make you aware of your real self” and realised that in our Tai Chi we are doing exactly the same thing, with our bodies and our minds – so explaining the close link with Buddhism.

We are seeking to release that movement which we could have if our body worked freely and naturally. This includes it’s free relationship with our mind and our emotions – where meditation is important in developing this relationship.

We then seek to optimise this free movement in a powerful and resilient way – by using Tai Chi exercises and practice to understand it’s capabilities and limitations.

I threw this quite mainstream Zen saying to my Sunday class recently – and was rewarded with a brisk and humerous discussion on the evening and then later with a link to this interesting article – what goes around – comes around!