Archive for tailbone

internal relaxation

Posted in practice, taiji with tags , , on May 29, 2009 by marksun

For the first time, Limin mentioned that our internal organs often carry more stress than the external  muscles.  ” if the internal organs are relaxed, it doesn’t matter if you’re legs or butt are tensed”.  She emphasized that  relaxation of the organs is more important than external relaxation.

During the practice I’m thinking  that sensing tension inside is difficult.  The sensors are indirect. Internally,  muscular and other activity except for breathing and maybe heartbeat, is not directly linked to will or consciousness / mind.

We now add awareness of the shoulders and elbows being “very heavy” to the sensation of a heavy tailbone, and of the head being pulled up, but the three points are the shoulders, elbows and tailbone are heavy as part of our awareness technique.

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Shoulders and elbows dropped

Posted in taiji with tags , , , , on May 14, 2009 by marksun

In practice we did the set twice. On the second,  (tailbone down a given),  emphasis on dropping the shoulders and elbows, that the elbows are dropped most of the time, not sticking out or lifted,  relaxed.  Note to remember shoulders as a point to practice.

l, v, p

Xin, Effectivenes of Practice

Posted in taiji with tags , , , on May 6, 2009 by marksun

Whole set, 1st cross hands with focus on the tailbone. A video Limin saw provided an opening to talk more about Xin in the context of buddhism;     Xin determines whether practice and meditation are effective.  A person may be said to have a “mean” Xin, or “gentle” Xin.  Xin is encumbered by thoughts that affect Xin itself.  One may meditate for years without progress because   Xin  is  clouded, is not quiet, is not at peace.

p,g,l

1st cross hands practice

Posted in taiji with tags , , on April 30, 2009 by marksun

Wednesday, we did the whole set followed by two first cross hands sets.  

The first cross hands,  after the tailbone being down, the focus is only on sensing that the body is relaxed, especially wrists, or whereever we tend to tighten up, pace fairly slow.  

The second time, faster pace, the focus is only on the tailbone and nothing else.

L,G,V,P

dichotomies

Posted in practice, taiji with tags , on April 14, 2009 by marksun

here’s a post from Verna –  
A quick note before I forget my thoughts after Sunday’s practice.  I kept thinking “dichotomy . . . dichotomy”.  Feel the EMPTINESS 
à feel the emptiness become FULL with energy.  Feel the HEAVY tailbone à feel the LIGHTNESS as the HEAVY tailbone acts as an anchor.  Feel your body RELAX as the tailbone gets heavier à Feel the mind ELEVATE into total awareness; reach a state of “zanshin” a term we use in karate . . . “zanshin” is achieved through experience and instinct; a calmness of mind and detachment à “zanshin” is total awareness, “a mind like the moon”.  Am always integrating the two disciplines . . . karate will always be dominant since I’ve been training for 25 + years but the the two martial arts complement one another . . . for me it’s a terrific learning experience J!

 

By the way . . . after grumbling to myself, “The judo club forgot to put away the mats again!” . . . my thoughts after practice changed to “Thank you for leaving the mats down”!  I found that practicing on the softer mats made me be more CAREFUL; thus making it a better practice.

empty

Posted in taiji with tags , , on April 11, 2009 by marksun

We practiced first with the image of the tailbone down only.  

Next we hold that image “automatically”, and focus on keeping everything else empty, the mind holding on to nothing further.

3 things

Posted in taiji with tags , , on March 1, 2009 by marksun

tailbone heavy

soft relax

be here