Most everyone who comes into the school is looking to cultivate a fulcrum point for the teeter-totter of their life, a place where Yin and Yang smooth out into one continuous flow. For we who stay with practice over time it becomes essential, and is no longer something we do as much as it is a place we settle into. For newer people this process may seem daunting. And yet cultivating a practice is like cultivating a garden. It takes time and is actually ok to allow the process evolve in its own time. Does a flower judge itself by its seed?
If there was one piece of advice I could give anyone seeking to start a practice, it would be this: start small. Keep your goals small. If we are thirsty we drink a glass of water, we don't look for a pool to siphon off, dying of thirst in the meantime! A small goal is a worthy goal. For example, choose one movement or one movement element and repeat it nine times, a couple times a day. While the tea water heats, while the laundry spins. This is how skill and discipline are built but more importantly this is how to access what we want from our practice: that "place" inside ourselves. I was reading a blog by our student Peg on her reflections of being a writer. In it she refers to Micro Habits or Tiny Habits. The video she linked is great! It focuses on writing but it is really about establishing a practice over time through gradually building on Tiny Habits. This is exactly how to develop a Taijiquan or Qigong practice. Watch the short video here.
The truth is we all have that centered place within us, it is not something to go out and get, it is something to look for and find. The Yin/Yang yo-yo of life will never go away. It may arc in different geometric patterns, it may have different seasons, it may hum faster or slower, but dynamic change is the nature of life. Understanding this essential truth is a great challenge, as is understanding our life is not about changing this truth, but instead finding a steady place of refuge and balance within it. Discovering this haven and that you actually already have it with in you can be a great relief and a great joy. If you have a practice, steady on. If you have fallen off, you know what to do. If you don’t have one yet, start small but start now. You will really appreciate the fruits of your intention when you do.