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Pause For Stillness

Today I was walking up the stairs and I paused;
As I get older I pause more and more;
I pause to find the stillness;
The stillness that sits behind everything.

All you have to do to find it is be still;
It’s always there, it feeds the universe;
Everything arises from and then returns to it;
It is the source that we need to be connected to.

When not connected we feel lonely and isolated;
We create a self to replace it;
Like the make believe friend we had as a child;
But there really is no self…..

There is a deep profound stillness;
And to find it, all we have to do is pause….

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Finding Myself….

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Thought I’d better find myself…
Where am I?
Not in my head;
Could see my thoughts but they weren’t me.

I think therefore I am?
Nah, I am therefore I think more like;
In my body?
Not there either.

My body breathes;
Heart pumps;
Organs function;
Not me doing any of that.

My name?
Parents gave it to me;
Work, hobbies?
Just things I do.

Sits still, scratches head;
Then who the bloody hell am I?
Looks into the dogs eyes….
Ah…. there I am…

Everywhere but where I thought….

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Breathing With Your Body

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This morning’s neigong:

Don’t eat breakfast;
Drink a pint of iced water;
Find your place to stand;
Then find your balance.

Find your natural breathing rhythm;
Don’t breathe in until you would have to stop yourself;
Don’t breathe out until you would have stop yourself;
Let your body, not your mind deepen and control the breath.

Use your entire dantien to breathe;
Stomach sides and back draw the diaphragm down;
Filling the lungs with air;
Calming you down, making your mind aware and focused.

In Tai Chi the joints and fascia act together as a pump;
Expand them naturally as you breathe in;
Let them rest naturally as you breathe out:
Let the bows of arms, legs and spine work with them.

Go to the feet first to breathe in;
Open the body to expand to receive the air and energy;
Allow it to rest and soften as you breathe out;
Feel the elixir of life refresh and heal you.

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The Tao Through Yin & Yang

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Today’s Neigong

In the beginning you use physical strength to hold the 5 standing positions,
With time you feel the energy;
The yin energy in the yin postures;
And the yang energy in the yang postures.

After a while ‘neutral’ is balanced between the yin and yang;
Then you feel the balance in the other postures;
The yin in the yang;
And the yang in the yin.

Every posture has an energetic ‘stasis’;
Each energy balancing its opposite;
The muscular force is at a minimum;
As the energetic takes over.

Then you search for the stasis in every posture in the form;
The balance is the power;
Then every centimetre between the postures;
Thinking “how could I ever miss this?”…

A peace and harmony descends on your being;
A stillness beyond all stillness’s;
The curtain of life is lifted;
And the Tao is revealed.

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Neigong Balance

 

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As the wheel of the year turns;
There is a different kind of balance;
The air is not dry and warm:
And the earth is chilled and moist.

Balance brings me to the Tao;
The line down the middle of yin and yang:
The harmonies in the body:
Allow me to find the door.

Left and right in the joints:
Upper and lower connections;
Front and back of the body;
Inner to outer of limbs and body.

Inner is yin, outer is yang;
Front is yin, back is yang;
Focus on one and the other is the small circle in the symbol;
Still felt and giving ultimate balance.

Hands and feet press the same;
First physically then energetically;
The biggest step is from muscle to energy;
When in stasis, it’s perfect harmony.

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Seeing Your Soul

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Seeing Your Soul, this morning’s neigong…

When you meditate does your soul come to the front?
Like closing all the windows on your computer;
The background becomes the whole screen;
It was always there, you just didn’t see it before.

Your soul is connected to the source;
It is connected to all things;
It sees itself in the eyes others;
It is the uncarved block.

With practice, when you begin Tai Chi;
All the other ‘windows’ close;
And your soul comes to the front;
It is your place of perspective.

It knows the sound of silence;
It is your place of refuge;
A place to find balance;
Where wisdom can arise.

This is the real value of meditation;
A place of mindfulness;
The real value of Tai Chi practice;
A place to discover who you really are….

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