Tue, 08 Nov 2005

First, there is a mountain

Persons above a certain age may remember the Donovan tune There is a mountain, which starts "First there is a mountain then there is no mountain, then there is." Donovan, along with other pop rock stars of the day, had looked at Zen Buddhism and (I presume) was struck by the poetic turn of that phrase.

I'm working on regulating my breathing. First, there is no breathing (you don't pay any attention to your breathing), then there is breathing (you pay attention to breathing), then there is no breathing (having succeeded in training yourself to breathe correctly, you don't need to pay attention to it anymore). Right now, I have breathing. It will be some years before I have no breathing again.

This last sentence tells you why the young do not study Tai Chi very successfully.

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