Dearest eNews readers,
This month I took an initiation class in tai chi. One of the exercises was for two people – one person had to put her hand on the other person’s shoulder and give a gentle push. The person who is pushed is then faced with the choice of how to deal with that. The teacher said that most people resist when pressure is put on them, they immediately resist and that takes a lot of energy. Or else they react emotionally, feel overwhelmed, and are then easily pushed over.
In Tai Chi, however, one learns about a third possibility: to first gently go along with the movement until you can regain your own stability.
In other words, finding a balance is a choice, despite circumstances, or is it due to circumstances?
“Don’t think your fellow person can push you over,” Master Morya says encouragingly in Reflection 9.
For this month's full moon text we chose an excerpt from one of our little books called "Standing Strong". The text is certainly not one of the easiest, but all the deeper for it. And if your read it with attention, word by word and sentence by sentence, it can become a personal guide from which you can gain a great deal of benefit.
eRegards from Marie