Ying and Yang of Travel
Sometimes travel is about more than seeing things. After awhile, seeing things becomes routine - just like the routine of our "normal" lives "back home". Don't get me wrong - Thailand is an amazing travel destination with plenty to see and do - but for me thailand wasn't about temples, or elephants, or hilltribe treks. In truth, I did none of those things - thailand was about learning for me (and about me). It started with the fast in southern Thailand (Ko PhaNgan), and continued with taichi and CST massage courses in Northern Thailand (ChiangMai).
My 10 day intensive TaiChi course was exactly that - intensive. We were up at 6:30 am for a light breakfast, then taichi from 7:00 am - 10:30 am, a break for lunch, taichi history/theory 1:00 -2:00 pm, and then more practicing from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. So long days of practicing the Taichi patterns, meditation, walking meditation, and more taichi.
It was great, and practicing during the early morning, and evening was good as it avoided the heat of the day (which these days it really hot!)
What I Learned from TaiChi (totally relates to the real world)
- Yang (outward energy) and Ying (inward energy) is the main core belief of TaiChi.
- Everything in our universe consists of ying and yang. The chinese determined that everything moves in consistent patterns of change, especially ying-yang reversal (ying is emptying, yang is filling). This pattern of change is used in TaiChi.
- We ride the wave of change just like a surfer. We don't use our energy to create the movements, but use ying-yang reversal to create energy.
- When we allow, all things come to us
- Be patient, give up control through non-action to gain supreme control
- The more you reach out for something, the further away you push it
- Where the mind goes, energy follows
Naisuan House (where the Taichi course takes place) is a neat place which is probably why I stayed for 1 month. While living at the house, I met a very interesting lady from England - Rosemary. She is a Craniosacral therapist, and after receiving a treatment from her, I decided to postpone my trip, and attend her 3 day workshop. In a nutshell, this is what I learned:
- CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system (comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord).
- Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
- By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including Migraine Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination Impairments, Colic, Autism, Central Nervous System Disorders, Orthopedic Problems, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, Scoliosis, Infantile Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Fatigue, Emotional Difficulties, Stress and Tension-Related Problems ,Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Neurovascular or Immune Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Surgical Dysfunction
In the workshop, I learned:
- Assess and mobilize the Avenue of Expression working through more than 10 different body components, including the thoracic inlet, hard palate and hyoglossal tissues.
- Locate and release Energy Cysts.
- Release suppressed emotions that may be inhibiting complete structural releases.
- Refine listening and comprehension skills.
- Improve palpation and whole-body evaluation skills.
Make sense? Probably not, I'm not sure I understand it and I took the course! But in taking this on-hands workshop I know that this is an amazing treatment. Read about it on www.upledger.com
Perhaps one needs to take a vacation from vacationing every now and then - especially when you are travelling for long periods of time. Well, my mind (and body) is refreshed and I am ready to hit the road again. Next stop: Laos, and Southern China.