How a seedling becomes a tree
In my Qigong classes the metaphor of a tree comes up often. It reminds us to stay rooted, extend upwards, draw in nourishment from the ground, sun and our surroundings, etc. A tree also reminds us of the potential that can be cultivated. From a small seed through germination to a seedling. From a seedling, in time, to a towering tree. Even the commonplace trees that you can walk by with barely any...
Form & Function
Today in my Qigong class I told my students that the external appearance of a movement is not as important and the internal feeling that the movement guides. A month or so earlier, I told the same class that function follows form - the postures should look balanced and beautiful. No doubt they had been following my earlier advice and trying to make their bodies match the postures’ outward...