Monday, January 18, 2010

How To Relax ax ax ax...


To say that physical relaxation is misunderstood
among mankind is to understate it in astronomical
proportions.


Since you and I can't really communicate because
I'm writing and you're reading, you can't give me
a direct answer to my question:
HOW DO YOU RELAX ?

But I can guess what your reply might be.


Alcohol?
Vacation?
Shopping ?
A hot bath and a good book ?
Prescription drugs like Xanax ?

When I asked a friend of mine, she said
she relaxes by swimming. She puts her ears in the
water and floats. This is a good idea, but still not
the kind of relaxation we are capable of.

The human body harbors amazing amounts of
tension. We manifest psychological anxiety and
tension in our bodies, especially in the waist and
hips. We also sit way too much.

Want to know why your neck hurts at the end
of the day ? It's because your hips are tight.
They are simply PULLING on your neck.

High-level relaxation requires special movement,
and special training. These only come from Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is an academic pursuit that teaches the body
profoundly different sets of study and practice.
It requires that you come to understand this paradox:
You must concentrate on relaxation.

The great Tai Chi master, Fu Wing Fay said,

"Tai Chi Chuan is a kind of profound art where you
use your intent (mind) and not your strength. Our
chi and mind (or intent) is the master, and our flesh
and bones are but servants."  Because of this, when
you practice, your whole body should be completely
relaxed. There should not be a single iota of brute
strength remaining within your bones and sinews--
your blood adds pulses to bind your body. Only then
can you lithely affect changes, and spin around as
you wish."

Think about it. Every movement you make every
day requires that you use strength or brute strength.
So how can you go from using nothing but strength
to using no strength whatsoever ?
The answer is deep relaxation.

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