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From Connie in USA in response to Ula
Thank you Ula. Very interesting insight! So true we need to let go to make room for something else. Balance = homeostatsis and every time we change we try to go back to a balanced state, so perhaps we are studying one of those eternal repeating cycles of change, acheive balance, change again etc. Just a thought.
From Ula Chambers in UK on 8the Dec
I am very pleased to welcome you to the Taimyo Peace Network, Thank you for
offering your energy and meditation for peace. There are 8 of us in the UK
doing distance kumite and also we are being joined by Ingrid Evjen (ex
Nailsworth) who is now living in Norway.
Thank you for joining in with our first December Taimyo practice tonight.
I hope that we can share brief experiences or satori/insights into the kata
itself and particularly how we can find and spread peace in the world
through our practice.
One question I asked myself was “which is the most peaceful part of Taimyo”
and “how can that help with peace in the world?”
Sometimes before I start my meditation I ask a question like the above and
by the end I can usually expect some kind of answer. I was surprised
therefore that the answer “part two” came to me after my meditation.
Why is that? I have thought of part two as a kind of warming up exercise or
loosening up whose meaning had more to do with physical stretches and less
with a energetic direction or philosophy. This week I realised that of
course mind and body and therefore activity in the world are intimately
Part two is about throwing off tension to physically prepare us for the more
meditative part three. Unless we throw of the tension, it is very difficult
to arrive at a calm and peaceful state. So in the world we can see this as
maybe throwing off those things that create tension: prejudices, grudges,
feuds, past experiences. Shedding some of that burden can help us approach
others in a more positive and open way, with open hearts, so we can enter
into dialogue/conversation. At a local level in our daily life this is a
very important way of allowing a peaceful way.
Having said that – I’m still uncertain of the meaning of the “tea stirring
exercise”, other that it challenges my balance and helps me to maintain
equilibrium when I’m on one leg. Any insights??
I’d be happy to hear your comments.
Peace to you all
From Michel in Quebec on 7the Dec
Harold and I and others students are going to begin today meditation for peace.