things that make me go…hmmm…a can opener?

by Doug Gauld on 2020/10/01

…I am seeing PM, everywhere…making lunch today and…

…am beginning to see/perceive things in my daily life that seem to embody or represent to me the essence of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method (PM)…an example is while I was prepping my daily meal I used a handheld manual can opener (beans to add to my rice) anyway, the can opener might be a decent metaphor (?) for proper PM technical body processes…the opener ‘bites’ into the can as it pierces the top, then the opener ‘locks’ onto the ‘bite’ on the can, then you grab the flanges of the twisting mechanism part of the can opener and rotate that mechanism which turns gears that cause the blade of the opener to force apart the metal of the can lid…lock and rotate…what could be simpler…I will leave it to my senior brothers/sisters in PM to give me some feedback on whether this mental picture even resembles good PM bodily processes…really brief today…learning to live a breath at a time…

About Doug Gauld

took one two day workshop with Master Chen years ago in Victoria...studied with Gord Muir in Victoria for about 5 yrs, during that time was coping with spinal arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis)...have moved back to Edmonton to be closer to family...trying to learn more about has helped with my arthritis and perhaps if I learn it more completely and make my practice better my health will improve more than it has already...

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