Many years ago I attended a Chi Kung workshop and the teacher did a move which was similar to the opening posture of my Wu Style Tai Chi form.
He said, ‘It took me twenty years to understand this move.’
I thought, ‘You have got to be joking! What’s so hard about lifting your arms up and down?’
What I didn’t realise at the time was that my mind was wading in shallow depths.
I did not understand that a simple move in Tai Chi often requires a depth of understanding which can be only achieved through years of thought, discussion and practice.
This understanding is like going on a journey of;
- new found simplicity
So if your mind is wading in shallow depths when learning ‘simple’ movements allow yourself to go on this journey without any preconceived ideas.
Then you will be able to discover the depth and essence of a particular movement.