Time: Inside is Outside

Nunc fluens facit tempus, nunc stans facit aeternitatum. (The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.) ― Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy It is easy to get caught up in the idea that time is a commodity (“Time is money”) or this crushing monolithic entity that inexorably devours our lives (“For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back.” Book of Wisdom) Others blithely dismiss it with, “Time is an illusion,” as they check their smartphones to… Read More

Resistance

Here are some great thoughts from healer/taiji practitioner Philomena Papirnik (who is every bit as musical and magical as the name suggests). What is the use of resistance? How do we use it in taiji? Where is the strength in being resistant? Or is that not possible. Is resistance the I-It equivalent of the I-You of ‘meeting’, (in so far that it’s fragmentary perhaps?) and that it objectifies? I’ve been thinking I’ve been meeting but yet again, I haven’t. I’ve been resisting some of the time. Meeting’s not just a feeling, is it? It’s everything rolled up into one moment… Read More

The Paradox of Wardoff

Through experience of the touch one can gradually comprehend and understand jin. Through understanding jin one can reach divine-like clarity. Wang Zongyue, Taijiquan Lun The “Wardoff” posture in taijiquan is an expression of peng jin, an expanding (yang) “up and out” type of internal power. Like all jins, peng is dependent on a whole-body energetic connection. Energetic coherence. Without that, your Wardoff will suck. In Wardoff With Left Arm, the substantial arm (left) is curved in front of the chest to create space. This is a really weak muscular connection. Try it. Have someone push on your forearm, starting slow… Read More