Many of us tend to think of the mind and the body as mostly separate phenomena. Of course we know they’re connected and depend on one another but in most practical situations we are dealing with either “my mind” or “my body”, not both together. In fact, when we’re overly tired or hungry and the mind has no energy we often only realize the connection after rest or food.
The practice of Taiji (sometimes written Tai Chi) is a practical way to bridge that gap in everyday life, teaching us tools to better realize and improve the connection between mind and body, and most importantly, to relax both. This week, Payton guided our Sangha in a short Taiji lesson to help us play with what it means to let go of tension in the mind AND the body.