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gathering and ordering what is scattered

Posted in practice, taiji with tags , on December 17, 2008 by marksun

One of the desired outcomes of our practice is to help  gather together what becomes scattered in our feelings and in our mind, by the chaotic events in life.   During the break between sets, a story about a long meditation and how it has an effect of alligning the parts of the mind that are scattered.

Iron filings are scattered on a tray, a random scattering of dust.  A magnet under the tray alligns the iron filings along the lines of invisible  magnetic force.  This is an analogy of this remaking of order when our thoughts become scattered.

sand and water

Posted in taiji with tags , , , on October 22, 2008 by marksun

A bottle is filled with sand and water throughly mixed so the sand is suspended, the water is turbid and cloudy.   Hold the bottle still and the sand  settles slowly and evenly, leaving the water clear.

Tthe top of the bottle is your head, the bottom of the bottle, the feet, and the sand the settling of our weight downwards.

Sand in water