Feeling Spongy at Central Region Program
This was a wonderful opportunity for branches within the Horseshoe area to practice sincerity and dedication by working together to host this Central Region program at the Horseshoe Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, on March 16.
After reminding us to have an open heart and not to worry, Marsha Eberhardt, president of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, started the day by leading us through a chanting session of the 10,000 Buddhas Sutra. Then, after a welcome and introductions, Marsha invited the participants to consider “What is health”?
We learned that the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts is more than an exercise; it is a process of cultivating the self and taming the heart. By practicing the Taoist arts we have an opportunity to cultivate ourselves and this influences how we are in the world, with our families, and at work, which all positively affects our communities.
The 140 participants had the opportunity to practice letting go and to find “sponginess” in our tor-yus and dan-yus. We were guided to find balance and integrate cues like: shoulders and elbows down, drop tailbone, and stand up all the way when we practiced Appear to Close Entrance and Parting Wild Horses Mane.
Taoist Tai Chi® practice gives us the opportunity to “let go”. Whether attending to administrative tasks or our practice, Marsha reminded us to keep working on simplicity as part of our training. Participants felt the day was wonderful and at the end of the day, presenting the red envelope and thanking Marsha was truly heartfelt.