God's Little Acre

Monday, February 20, 2006

Tai Chi Road Trip

Lake Como

My Tai Chi practice has waned slightly over the last week or two. I haven't rolled back to Mr Marlboro man or anything as silly like that. It's just life throwing me new adventures to grasp onto which sometimes lets me lose my grip on my practice.

Tai Chi for Drivers

I had a wonderful challenge thrown at me last week; to drive across Europe to Italy in a transit van. This made a nice change from my usual computer screen view and was a great adventure. We drove non-stop (apart from the ferry) to Italy through France and into northern Italy. It was about 15 hours of driving from Calais to Lake Como. Luckily I had my iPod and Tai Chi for entertainment. Podcasts from Ricky Gervais and others helped keep my spirits up as did some cool music. There is no Tai Chi driving form available, but I have made my own up over the 5 years or so I have been practising Tai Chi. I sit up straight, suspended from the golden thread, relax my jaw, face, and try not to let any tension develop in my back and shoulders. I also have my arms gently curved in a nicely rounded shape, like the Wu Chi posture. Then I concentrate on my breathing (as well as the road).

Back to Blighty

After a day in Como, enjoying the most wonderful views and food (along with some heavy duty lifting), we headed back to England, leaving behind some wonderful scenery and some missed opportunities at doing Tai Chi in such a beautiful place.

Friday, February 03, 2006

No pain, no gain

Kew Stones

After another sweat infested sleep, I feel on top again this morning. Up at 5:30am and spent a good hour playing Chi Kung and Tai Chi. My latest favourite trick is the standing still pose. I managed 10 minutes today, I could have done quite a bit more too. This seems to be having good effects on my twisted body, and it is very rewarding when one finds a new area of pain and then feel it dissolving. Imaging my tired and locked muscles finally untwining and releasing. In this way I am finding where my blockages are which then I can release and allow my Chi to flow nicely. I suppose my ultimate goal is to get back to my child like body. No tension, maximum flexibility and full of energy.

Say hello, wave good bye

One trick I am finding useful comes from Louise Hay, where when you notice a pain, thank your body for sharing this with you and then gently let it go. So maybe no pain, no gain is useful after-all?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Bugs in the machine

Richmond Park

Yesterday was my first day back to reality after spending 4 days sweating out a horrible bug. I missed my Brother's birthday celebrations and all food for 3 days. It is the first time in my life I ever remember smelling bad too. I am sure my close friends will disagee with the last statement, but man, I stunk. Even after bathing, I could smell it coming out of my pores.

Keep on Moving

My friend Stu suggested movement as a means of getting rid of my bad moods, and yesterday I tried it out. My 3rd Tai Chi lesson, was the most strenuous yet. I am enjoying the challenge of holding some of the positions, for periods at a time too. Ok this is Chi Kung, but to my mind it's all the same thing. These prolonged postures are very good for us, and chatting to other members of the class, before it began today it would seem that they too are seeing remarkable benefits from these classes. The Chi Kung body slaps are a good wake up too, better than coffee.

Sing a song

John also introduced us to some more healing sounds too, which I am extremely excited about. I am very interested in the power of healing audio. I was so excited that I have now forgotten, which sound heals what part... It goes something like this:
Strike the Wu Chi pose, then take a deep breath and as you exhale make a noise for as long as you can. "Heeee" is good for your brain (I think! I'll double check this next week), "Ahhhhh" is good for something else. Next week, I will try and remember the full list!

Too many Fingers

Highlight of my illness was watching the fabulous "Too Many Crooks" on TV. An absolute classic with Terry-Thomas at his devilish best, take a look at the cast - Billy Gordon ...... Terry-Thomas, Fingers ...... George Cole, Lucy ...... Brenda De Banzie, Snowdrop ...... Bernard Bresslaw, Sid ...... Sidney James, Whisper ...... Joe Melia. Made in 1959 (which was a great year for Gibson Les Pauls, but not too hot for Tibet) in Pinewood, it is a truly wonderful film, and proof that laughter is a great medicine.