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.
Sometimes, we try too hard at nearly everything and anything? DO you do this sometimes? I know I do.
When you practice qigong or tai chi, smile. Everything becomes easier then. Trying very hard falls away and there is only doing and enjoying.
It can be very helpful to know the names of each posture. One reason is that it make it easier to ask your teacher questions about the posture. For example, you can ask your teacher about, “White Crane Spreads It’s Wings,” instead of hoping that your teacher will know which posture you mean when you move your arms about in some not clearly definable way.
Another benefit, is that it helps you remember the forms, becoming like a sort of muscle memory nemonic. Knowing the name, moving the body, remembering and feeling your way become one integrated process.
So, above is my list. Please know that I have played some with the names. Since they arte translated by others from Chinese, I have tried to make them simple, memorable and sensible. They are only my take on it. You may have different and even better ideas. Love to hear them.
Since it came up via Working Well Resources excellent blog, and since it’s clearly still the icky cold freezey season in Chicago as well as many other places – I thought it a good time to put together a little video about a blindingly simple but deeply profound qigong exercise that can with practice and determination lead us collectively into a life of virtually no more falls on ice. I make no promises on instant results but slowly, over time you will evolve into a more balanced person, physically, mentally and emotionally. And that, is what can make all the difference because of mind/body exercises.