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The Act

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posted on Jul, 9 2017 @ 08:41 AM
If there is an art, a single art that a human being should learn, that would be The Act. Every split second, every moment at least several changes in our environment are attacking our senses. We may seem calm to the outside, but our systems of awareness are doing a hard job. We have to handle mentally our desires, our inspiration, our state of self expression. Thus or mind is occupied in continues loops of analysis, self-discipline and decision making. And we do it well. Indeed, homo sapiens is very good performer of this Act.

However, amongst the masses you will find poor performers as well. And of course, also masters of the art. Its slogan, "Carpe Diem" has become the phrase symbol of the moment we seek, the unchanging present, but yet, how much we are "into it". And most importantly, how we can improve our humble selves in that art!?

As a long practitioner of Internal Martial arts, I would say, there is only one way to go: Motion.

Every motion holds the "Key" of Carpe Diem, however this key can only be obtained by both practicing Motion(all humans do it by nature) and understanding Motion. You might find that the first requirement is not a big deal. But I would ask you this, how many people try to understand it? And that makes the crucial difference in the process of obtaining the key. Only a marriage(alchemical one) of the practice and understanding of Motion would do. Separately they are like a root without leaves and stem, or a blossom without nectar.

That said, I must right away encourage you, because you will be surprised how many ways there are to obtain the understanding necessary for the process...

This first post of "The Act" will contain a theory over the intricate balance between the participants of the Act - The Yield.

Yield, seen throughout the eyes of Eastern thought is not resistance of a force, even contrary, it's adaptation within the momentum of the incoming force. But let me borrow the words of a better author on that topic:

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I began a new beginning class under less than desirable conditions. The room was too small for the number of students. The mirror didn’t go all the way to the floor. The space itself was a rectangle, not a square, so one side or the other was having difficulty in watching me. Some students found this frustrating and disappointing.

In tai chi, we learn to take what is and then find a way to use it to our advantage. There are lots of ways to work with a crowded oblong room. The first would be to let go of the mental irritation of having to deal with the room/crowd. Letting that go, you might see how you can merge with all these bodies energetically, find a way to fit in just so, so that everyone can fit in, and then see if there might be some way to find comfort in this. Perhaps all these students are giving you support and lifting up your energy and helping move you simply through your connection to them, like leaning on a good friend. You rest on them. Let them lighten the burden. Non-doing in a crowded subway!

Can you yield in life too much? Doesn’t that set up a condition where you might become a doormat? If you yield yield yield are you allowing everyone else and their mothers to tromp over you so that they get what they want, leaving you behind in a dust cloud? Tai chi has another quality, that of being “rooted” in the ground. The wind may blow, but the bamboo only bends. You don’t lose your bearing.

In tai chi, the question is not whether to yield or not to yield. The question is HOW MUCH and the proper timing of the response after you yield (the return.) When the activity is going well, we tend to laugh with each other and respond with curiosity. When it is going poorly, we tend to get mad and want to win or leave the game as soon as possible.

"How Much" the teacher said... Indeed, the whole article was about this phrase. The intricately put measurement of something unmeasurable. A paradox of the universe. "How hard", "when", "where", "who"... All similar concepts. And all bound in Motion!

Thank you for reading, hope I brought something of interest in your day and of course feel free to contribute and ask odd questions.

P.S. The bolding of the text is mine, just to make sure you don't miss that point.
edit on 9-7-2017 by Argentbenign because: P.S.

posted on Jul, 9 2017 @ 01:08 PM
So they key is to move but remain rooted in the ground bending as required without knowing if you are bending too little or bending so much, you are about to break?

Don't mean to sound so combative but am very tired and not thinking straight.

Also don't understand what is wrong with a rectangular room or the mirror not reaching the floor (perhaps if i read the 'source') )

posted on Jul, 9 2017 @ 05:08 PM
So who's to blame for physical ailment causing the highly active to become inactive?

This is for lazy people. Like most self help nonsense. Overcome your laziness. Be productive. Improve the immediate world around you. That simple.

What about the quadriplegic? Where's their comfort? Those dying of cancer? Those imprisoned on false charges? Seems steering them isn't so rewarding to the author as steering able bodied slave laborers?

posted on Jul, 9 2017 @ 07:01 PM
a reply to: Argentbenign

Do you ever feel that you're a different person in different environments, putting on an act for that environment?

edit on 9-7-2017 by Wide-Eyes because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 9 2017 @ 07:56 PM
a reply to: Argentbenign

Yeah, yeah, be the tree.

posted on Jul, 10 2017 @ 01:38 AM
a reply to: Wide-Eyes

Me personally, I'm never the same, one second from the another. Moving, but slowly, like an album of ZZ-Top.

a reply to: johnb

The idea of Yielding is to transform the limitations of the environment in a usable source of energy. The decision between action and inaction would be the key that would make this energy usable at all.

a reply to: BigBangWasAnEcho

The world is complicated environment, one must learn to handle its imminent limitations. Actually I did time in my life, as you are mentioning the unjustly imprisoned, and not even the half of the people inside were in my eyes bad folks with tendency of harming other people. Most of them just did their business, which in the social environment of that country was forbidden. Strangely somehow almost all were Yielding very well inside, especially the ones with bigger sentences, for trafficking and such. I learned a good part of yielding as well. It turned out a small cell was big enough even for dropping high-kicks, something I would never do before in a space where you could touch the both walls with your hands at the same time.

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