Stillness and tranquility restore order in the universe
The practice of sitting or standing like a mountain exists in many spiritual traditions. It can be an integral part of a formal meditation practice or easily adapted to daily life. For example, try standing like a mountain while you wait in line at the grocery store.
Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:
• A mountain is still and tranquil.
• When you inhale, stretch the crown toward heaven like a mountain peak piercing the clouds and reaching for the stars.
• Sink your root deep into the Earth. There is no separation between the mountain and the Earth. The visible part of a mountain is only a fraction of the whole. Be the Earth.
• Pause a moment before you exhale. Be still.
• When you exhale, pull your core in tight to support and hold the upward stretch.
• Pause a moment before you inhale. Choose tranquility.
• Repeat, but be gently with yourself.
• Observe as order is restored in the Universe.
Great accomplishment seems imperfect,
Yet it does not outlive its usefulness.
Great fullness seems empty,
Yet it cannot be exhausted.
Great straightness seems twisted.
Great intelligence seems stupid.
Great eloquence seems awkward.
Movement overcomes cold.
Stillness overcomes heat.
Stillness and tranquility restore order in the universe.
Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
Gia-Fu Feng Tai Chi Performance in 1976
Here is a link to a Tai Chi Performance by Gia-Fu Feng in 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5mNnRb3jI. We want to thank Jan Errit de Vries who shot this wonderful film of Gia-Fu Feng in 1976. You can learn more about Jan at http://taoartunlimited.nl/over-jan-errit-eartheart.
Gia-Fu Feng is best known for his beautiful translation of the Taoist classic, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. You can purchase it direct from the author at: http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html.
Of course it is also available in most book stores or from Amazon.com.
Gia-Fu Feng taught this form at many seminars around the world and at Stillpoint in Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA. He said he was taught internal martial arts from the monks at the Bamboo Grove Monastery in Southern China.
Bamboo Grove Internal Arts
Follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BCN30f6Lg8 to a YouTube video of the Old Five Elements Tai Chi form from Bamboo Grove Internal Arts performed by Robert Grant. Gia-Fu Feng taught this form at Stillpoint on Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. He said he learned it from the monks at the Bamboo Grove Monastery in Southern China. Kevin Akers and Robert Grant have taught this simple, but beautiful form, to over a 1,000 students.