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Rambling on: One of my mailing lists essays...
In classical Chinese thought, the earth element was located in the center, with the other four elements surrounding it. As each element transformed to the next, the transformation involved the earth element. This has been more true to my clinical experience than the standard generation chart.
It is most noticeable during the seasonal changes. There always seems to be an earth period as the seasons transition, not just during the late summer. It can be a few days to a few weeks, but the body always seems to check in with the earth element as the weather is changing.
Chasing Two Rabbits
“A change is as good as a rest.” My good friend Ken used to say when we would be practicing bagua together. Many years my elder and the father of one of my closest friends, Ken was one of my favourite people in the world. We spent many hours drinking tea and talking when we were not walking circles and unwinding the palm changes together. Many of his words come to my mind often, especially when life is undergoing one of its changes.
My tea room is in shambles around me as I write this, everything being carefully taken apart and packed or given away as I prepare to move. My life is going through a serious change, a shift in paradigm is happening regarding my martial arts and my career. The move to a new apartment is simply allowing it to be seen physically as it takes place.
So, it does take a lifetime or more to learn martial arts, no one person can know it all! But looking deeply into the principles of the styles one studies will show the commonalities between them and allow for quicker, deeper understanding by cross referencing. “The man who chases two rabbits, catches none.” As they say. However, after catching a single rabbit a person learns tricks and strategies and finally principles that worked to catch it and the second rabbit becomes easier to catch. The third even easier and so on.
中 Zhōng: Within, during, amidst, centre, in the middle, often seen on T shirts and skateboards to represent Balance. The Red Dragon as it is known in the tile game Mahjong has become an often seen character in daily life now with a real cool factor for marketing. The message of balance however seems to get little traction when it really needs to.