What is Meeting?
To Meet someone or some thing is to engage them with your whole being; soul-to-soul; I to You. In Meeting, awareness toggles between object-based consciousness (normal thinking) and non-objective awareness (the gap between thoughts). Meeting is not necessarily mutual. That is, you can Meet another even if they don’t/can’t Meet you. (For example, you can Meet a tree whether or not the tree is even aware of you.) Meeting requires Wholeness, Presence, and Relating with another. In Meeting, the You that is encountered is no longer just an object among other objects, but a partner in the eternal dance of spirit.
What’s in it for me?
Some Aspects of Living that are Addressed
Coherence: wholeness; an ordered patterning within one system, or synchronization between multiple systems. Coherence is inversely proportional to the entropy in a system. (See Entropy.) Energetic coherence is a core principle of our tai chi, meditation and healing work.
Presence: Willingness to occupy THIS moment and location in time and space in a superconscious state. Being while momentarily suspending reflective thought.
Health: the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor. Slow, gentle exercise is excellent for all aspects of health. Focusing the mind helps to de-stress, unkinking energy blocks in the body allows for greater energy flow, which promotes good circulation, flexibility and strength. Bone breathing strengthens structure. All improvements to energy flow assist in vibrant health.
Balance: state or sense of equilibrium. Physical balance comes with experiencing and practicing central equilibrium. Benefits are a more stable base, less chance of falls, strength in standing and walking, etc. This extends out into an awareness of life balance, seeing where the energy in your life is flowing or stuck, allowing you to adjust for optimum life experience.
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Consciousness: The narrow band of awareness characterized by rational thought. The dictionary defines it as awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc. Rick narrows it down to preconscious, conscious and superconscious.
Community refers to groups sharing common characteristics or interests. Over the years, there has developed a group of people who are interested in energy awareness, cultivation, circulation and expression who follow Rick’s work. Add to that the concept of meeting fully with one’s whole being and you get authentic engagement at a deep level.
Collaboration happens when people work together to forward learning, work or exploration. Questions lead to discoveries, practice leads to skills and mastery, conversation leads to insight. Listening and sharing stories promotes growth for all.
Peace: A state of harmony with oneself and others. Working with Tai Chi exercises and principle fosters a deep sense of being at peace. With confidence in your own ability to cope with whatever is, you learn to peacefully engage with others.
Calm can be defined as freedom from motion or disturbance, stillness. In Tai Chi, it has been said that you learn to be the calm center in the midst of chaos. Being able to maintain one’s grounding and wits no matter what is going on around one is a valuable skill.
Focus can be defined as concentration, or ability to bring one’s mind to narrow in on a point or thought or feeling. It is a very necessary skill both in Tai Chi practice and in life. The sharper your ability to focus, the easier it is to tackle any aspect of life, work or relationships.