Photo Credits: Lin Suihong
Stopping the story means dropping the duality between the person doing the qigong and the inner critic assessing and offering a steady stream of commentary on the practice.
“Oh! Very good! Look how smooth that was!” or conversely, “What are you doing? You’re stiff as a board. You call that tai chi?”
Instead, we only observe without judgement. This is not to say we ignore errors. But we need not judge them.
We can notice our movements as facts of action. Arm too high? This is not a problem. When we can directly experience the arm too high ourselves, then we can see it and begin to correct the action without recriminations.
When we can let go of the duality, let go of the chatter connected to observation, we can unite the two, acter and commentator into one; a fluid being who moves.
How wonderful to be together practicing!
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