Hi <<First Name>>,
A reminder that our meditation and chat is tomorrow -- zoom link and info are included below.
In answering the question "How do I love myself?" at a Dharma talk, Thich Nhat Hanh says, "The first act of love is to breathe in and to go home in your body." He calls the body "a masterpiece of the cosmos. The body is a wonder... The body is the seat of consciousness. ... Your body contains all of the information of the history of the cosmos. In every cell of your body you can recognize the presence of your ancestors. Not only human ancestors, but animal, vegetal and mineral ancestors. And all your ancestors are still alive in your body, with their weaknesses and with their strength." Watch the 13-minute footage here: https://youtu.be/gMoRtJhVoxc.
I hear some of you asking, how is this relevant to Taiji? In light of our conversation last Thursday on pushhands and my comment on always knowing and keeping your own center first, consider this and go observe: when you practice pushhands with a partner, what percentage of time are you fully present with your body (compare that to when you practice the form sequence on your own). If you don't do taiji or pushhands, substitute it with swimming, biking, walking... And let's share our observations during our chats. :)