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Winter - The Dao of Storage

For the current blog we would like to post an article from our friend and fellow teacher Matthew Brewer, giving you guidance on how to sustain yourself over the Winter months.

Winter  - The Dao of Storage, by Dr Matthew Brewer

藏之道

The three months of winter are called closing and storing.

Water freezes, earth cracks. Do not disturb the yang at all.

Early to bed, late to rise. (You) must await the daylight.

Make that which is of the heart/mind as though hidden, as though concealed,
as though (you) have a secret intention, already obtained.
Leave the cold, seek warmth.

Do not leak the skin.

Urgently hold onto the qi.

This is the winter compliance of qi;

the cultivation of the Dao of storage.

To oppose these principles injures the kidneys.
(Consequently) spring will bring paralysis and fainting
(and) there will be little to offer (your) sprouting.1

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A discourse on Practice

A fascinating thread appeared on our Tai Chi Tribe group on Facebook recently regarding practice, and I thought I would not be able to explain the ups and downs of practising the art better than the comments made by all the contributors.

SN:
Has anyone gone through a period where they simply couldn't practise?

AG:
Yes. Realized the importance of digestion time and taking a break.

SN:
Any tips on ways to stay in tune with the vibrations and spirals? Do you practice other modes (yoga, feldenkreis, etc) or just relax into your being, so to speak? I feel like my body wants to vibe, but it hurts my lower back if I move too much.

But I'm thinking too much. AG, thanks. I just realized I never really let myself digest.

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