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Famed musician and tai chi master, Lou Reed, exited the planet earth this week doing Tai Chi and loving this beautiful gift of life we have all been given. Below is the obituary his wife, Laurie Anderson, released. Followed by a tribute to Lou Reed from Neil Young and others.
"Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here
being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and
softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking
at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with
just his musician hands moving through the air.
Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of
pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with
the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty
that comes down and through and onto all of us.
|Neil Young & Friends - Tribute to Lou Reed at 2013 Bridge School Benefit Concert (HD)|
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In the Stillness We Find Ourselves!
At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
-- Lao Tzu, father of Taoist Philosophy
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
-- Lao Tzu
Several hundred years ago, Tai Chi became entwined with Taoist philosophy. Taoism is about opening to our sense of the natural rhythms of the world, the tides of awareness and energy that flow through us and around us.
Of course this is the essence of Tai Chi and Qigong, once you learn the movements, then the art becomes internal, feeling and sensing the blocks and pressures we hold inside, and then using the visualization, breath, and motion to loosen those dams of rigidity so that Qi can flow through us unimpeded, enabling us to flow down the paths of our greatest purpose here in this life.
The film, The Legend of Bagger Vance, uses golf as the metaphor for this most profound concept that Tai Chi and Qigong are about. This is the first of 3 clips we offer in this WorldTaiChiDay.org
Ezine edition, and we hope you find it as moving and inspiring as we do.
In the above quotes from Lao Tzu, he was talking about human's journey of trying to discover, or remember, what your true authentic swing is. When we lose ourselves in Tai Chi and Qigong meditation, losing our sense of self as though we were "part of the whole thing, and that's a good thing," a state of open awareness where we can feel our true authentic selves, we feel the zone, the field, 'somethin' we was born with.'
Tai Chi and Qigong don't have our answers, they are only tools to help us relax open to our truest inner self, or in the words of this film, 'our true authentic swing,' and when we open to that sense of self, we feel ourselves as connected to, and a part of, everything -- and that's a good thing.
|The Legend Of Bagger Vance Clip 1 Authentic Swing|
Tai Chi and Qigong Help Unlock Us to
Relax Out of the Way of Our Deepest Purpose
Tai Chi teachers comment on Legend of Bagger Vance film as capturing the essence of Tai Chi and Qigong:
A film that never mentions Tai Chi, but captures the essence of Tai Chi and Qigong like no other film ever has. Beautiful! Profound!
-- Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi Day
I saw "Bagger Vance" when it was released and also felt the same about its connection to Tai Chi.
-- David C. Ritchie, Connecticut Tai Chi teacher
Without a doubt this absolutely one of the best movies I have ever seen ... it does illustrate the essence of Tai Chi in that it is all about directing the Qi with Yi which directs the body movement without thinking. In the flow. Highly recommended.
-- Dick Wolf, Tai Chi teacher
Tai Chi & Qigong Can Help Us Sense and Relax into The Field, The Tao!
The Tao [the field] is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
-- Lao Tzu
The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.
-- Lao Tzu
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
-- Lao Tzu
It nourishes infinite worlds,
yet it doesn't hold on to them.
Since it is merged with all things
and hidden in their hearts,
it can be called humble.
-- Lao Tzu
Tai Chi and Qigong enable us to see "the field" to feel "the field." When you truly begin to find your true authentic Tai Chi or Qigong movements, you become part of the field. All those who have felt this, know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, stick with it, and one day you will, but you have to let go of what you think you are supposed to feel, and just let it flow through you.
Einstein wrote of how we are truly connected to everything, all part of the same energetic field of existence, and to think of ourselves as separate is a kind of self delusion. When we relax deep into the stillness of inner awareness that Tai Chi and Qigong cultivate, the delusion of seperateness evaporates, we lose our sense of self, and feel ourselves as part of "the field."
As we let go of our grip on life, we can begin to surf the eddies, swirls and waves of the field of life. By not expecting or bracing or gripping onto what we think it should be, we become fluid, pliant and adaptable as a surfer must become in order to ride the waves rather than being beaten by them.
Tai Chi and Qigong's model for loosening around life, enables us to be surfers of the field of existence. See Bagger Vance's beautiful and profound take on this in the clip below.
What Tai Chi and Qigong offer us cannot be gripped and held like the multiplication tables or addition tables are held in our head. When we move into "the field" the movements of Tai Chi and Qigong just flow through us, that larger sense of possibility, that flow, takes us, we ride upon it, we don't control it. It is an egoless experience of surrender, the "sinking" is a sense of absolute letting go.
We move into a state where we relax open to what it is that is supposed to flow through us. Something grander and more elegant than we can squeeze in our head or load on our shoulders.
In one of my Tai Chi classes, a student was struggling with a movement, and I was having her and the class repeat the movement again and again as I talked to them about how the movement feels when you let go and "sink" into it, letting the movement "flow through you," rather than holding it or making it happen.
The student got exasperated, saying, "Yeah, I got it, I get it."
I replied, "Wait, listen, I don't want you to 'get it,' I want you to feel it."
As we started the movement again, her eyes cleared and her shoulders relaxed as the insight bubbled through her, and she exclaimed, "Yes, I see what you mean now. I feel it."
She had let go of trying to squeeze it in her head, or hold it in her body, and just opened to the flow, the field, and the sensation was all encompassing. You can't mentally understand it, you have to let go, and flow down the river, and surrender open to the feeling of it.
|Golf and The Field|
Tai Chi & Qigong Can Help Us Ungrip from the Past-To Expand into the Future!
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality
be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in
whatever way they like.
-- Lao Tzu
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-- Lao Tzu
In this film clip Randolph Junah (played by Matt Damon) is haunted and held back by the PTSD of his time in combat. The golf game is a metaphor for a way of life, a way of being held down by the past or surrendering all we are to expand into the future, and to find some faith. Tai Chi and Qigong can help us let go of our grip on the past, and loosen the past's grip on us, so that we can flow into the game that only you were meant to play, the one that was given to us when we came into this world.
Like life, Tai Chi is a game that can't be won, it can only be played, and how we play that game is how we hold our life. If we hold our breath and move tightly in Tai Chi, well that is how we hold and move in our life.
Tai Chi and Qigong can help us let go of the hurt, pain, regret, and grudges we squeeze in our physical and psychic body, so that we can once again find our way back to the center of who we are, and not hold anything back, letting what we are here to do and become flow through us as we let go of all the baggage.
|Legend of Beggar Vance - The Woods|
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