The 10k is over and money has been raised for Maggie's.
How much? At the moment it's £345, which I'm absolutely delighted with and I know Maggie's will be chuffed too, so a huge thank you to every single one of you who sponsored me for the event!
All I have to do now is gently rehab my right hamstring over the next couple of weeks until it's back to normal again. Yup, it started niggling just before I got halfway through the run but I just plodded on, jogging and walking, until I finished. Even walking and jogging I managed to complete the 6 mile route in around 1hr 23m ??s, so I'm quite pleased with that.
Anyway, today I wanted to talk a little about awareness, and specifically, awareness of your 3 bodies.
Well, yes, because in the Daoist view of things you have 3 bodies:
- Physical body
- Energy body
- Consciousness body
Generally we're only ever in touch with our physical body ’cos it's the easiest one to feel. Saying that, many people don't even feel their physical body that well and have no idea what kinds of mischief it's getting up to while they're moving about.
S'true. In one class a few weeks ago we were working on rotating the weighted hip and a couple of people had to first get in touch with:
1. Where their hip actually was, and then
2. How to rotate the joint open and closed to feel the structural point in action and move the pelvis and centre.
Before they'd investigated this, rotating the weighted hip was just a concept. They were trying to do it in their heads or minds. And your hip joint isn't in your head, it's... well... it’s where your hip joint is...
But once they'd played around a little, all was good in the land of hip joints!
So it's good to feel the physical body.
But what about the energy body? Well, we need to able to feel that too. That's some work we started on in earnest at the Elite class last week and will continue to do so.
Because as we get older, it's very important to have a strong and vibrant energy body and the more aware of that energy body you are the more effective your work will be in strengthening and cultivating it.
And your health will benefit a huge amount from that, because you won't be able to rely so much on the physical body (although we like to keep that in good nick too!)
Ok, as well as your 3 bodies you have the 3 treasures. I've mentioned these before and here's how the treasures and bodies are linked in the Daoist view.
- Consciousness body => Shen or Spirit => Yang
- Energy body => Qi or Energy => communicates between yin and yang
- Physical body => Jing or Essence => Yin
It's important to note that conditions in the physical body can affect the energy and consciousness body and conditions in the consciousness body can affect the energy and physical body. That also applies to conditions in the energy body. All three are connected, and what affects one can have an effect on the others.
And there's more..
But you'll have to wait, ’cos I've run out of time for today.
Before I go though, there are some changes to the classes. The main thing being that many of the classes are now full. There are possibly a couple of beginners classes planned for the U3A next month but no more.
So if you want to join a class you'll preferably need to have some experience. You don't have to have experience. If you have a strong willingness to learn you'll be fine. If you don't, then the classes aren't for you, although you should bear in mind that most people start in an already established class, it's only people with the wrong mind set that don't progress or give up. Either that, or they don't really know what they're getting into when they start taijiquan. I know someone hasn't done their research when they ask if they need a mat ;-)
Still with me? Great.
Check out the new class page and the new guidelines if you're thinking of joining us here:
All Levels Classes
Have a great week...
PS I've been busy doing more filming for the online training web site too and it's all coming along well.
Last week I filmed the warm up exercises and the 7 structural points and I'm editing them at the moment.
When it goes live you'll have access to those warm up and structural point videos, 4 daoyin forms and the taijiquan set but there'll also be more. For example:
Small Talk - is a section of the site where I give short video talks (between 3-10mins) about different subjects related to the arts, health and well-being
The Vault - will grow into a huge archive of articles and documentation and will become a fantastic resource for all your knowledge and background needs.
New stuff will be added every single month, so you'll always have new content to learn and study but I'll keep you updated on the progress...