Master Chen and to those on this web site, I have a question I would like to get your input on. In the taichi classics there is an expression, “Stillness in Motion, Motion in Stillness”. I’ve always had this explained to me that it relates to the mind being still while the body is in motion and vice versa. This has always perplexed me somewhat and didn’t seem like a thorough answer.
After having done the Practical Method for almost 2 years now and listening to Master Chen’s explanations, this seems to really relate to “Not Moving”, in the sense that even though there has to be no movement there is at the same time something that is moving or can move. For example, the kua or back doesn’t move but the arm/hand may/can move. Or for example, yin-yang separation, although there is something moving, there has to be something that is not moving (or still). This sounds like “stillness in motion” and “motion in stillness”.
What do you think? Is this another example of how and where the concept of the real taichi has been lost? Where people have tried to interpret what they think the classics are saying and reading something into it that isn’t there? Or perhaps, am I doing the same thing?