Saturday, 21 January 2017

Love and Gratitude for John

Short Form Remembering John from ann on Vimeo.

Sometimes we practise to remember,
Sometimes to forget,
Often we are drawn by a call from inside.

John Kells - Figure 8 pushing hands from ann on Vimeo.

When we are lucky we find a teacher whose work enables us to find our own answers.
This is a blessing beyond price.

THE DIVINE IS NOT something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.
                                                                                                                 Morihei Ueshiba

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

                         If you want to be free,
                       Get to know your real self.
                       It has no form, no appearance,
                       No root, no basis, no abode,
                       But is lively and buoyant.
                       It responds with versatile facility,
                       But its function cannot be located.
                       Therefore when you look for it,
                       You become further from it;
                       When you seek it,
                       You turn away from it all the more.
                                                   - Linji 

Here are the first 2 lessons of our 'New Little Form' for T'ai Chi beginners. from ann on Vimeo.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Welcome to ARC House New T'ai Chi Beginners and Iron Fan to Roll Back for Short Form Revision.

A big welcome to this amazing Art. T'ai Chi practise has many healing benefits. It calms the mind and sooths the body, bringing a sense of balance to one's life. It opens our minds to experience  the world in a whole new way. I love sharing this wonderful Art that has enriched my life in so many ways.
  Here are 2 of the exercises we practised today. I'll make a video of the last exercise tomorrow.

Heart Energy Exercise from ann on Vimeo.

Stepping like a cat exercise. from ann on Vimeo.

 Iron Fan to Roll Back Press and Push
trim.839B0056-FB5A-4DE9-9619-C82EE8D1BB58 from ann on Vimeo.

Back In the West

    First stop Kenmare to enjoy a morning coffee watching the ocean.

 Love the sheep who are dotted along the hills.

Magical light over the mountains.

I have to stop here and enjoy the looking back.

No end to the beauty all around.

T'ai Chi over it was time to discover The Tea Rooms

Which just put the Icing on a great day in the West.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Beginner's Exercises

Here are some short videos to help practise T'ai Chi.

Stepping like a cat exercise. from ann on Vimeo.

 Repeat this exercise with keeping the left foot anchored and stepping with the right foot.

Parting Wild Horse's Mane for beginners. from ann on Vimeo.

T'ai Chi just needs some practise and in no time you will begin to feel the benefits of this ancient Art.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Big Welcome To Our New T'ai Chi Beginners

I just love sharing this amazing work and it always fills my heart when some new people 'find us'.
We had a fabulous T'ai Chi session in Blackrock last evening so good to be back working again and 'T'ai Ching' with old friends and new.

Warm up exercises from ann on Vimeo.

Parting Wild Horse's Mane in Castletownbere. from ann on Vimeo.

I'll post some more of the exercises later and an more detailed introduction to Parting Wild Horse's Mane.

Monday, 9 January 2017

John's Heartwork


Real connexion stems from what we call the Heart.
There is a circulation to the Heart – between the Heart and other Hearts –
human and otherwise.
This is the main thrust of my work.
But there is a circulation within the body, not as simple as blood or ch’i, but
something a lot deeper and from our ancestry – as deep as the beginnings of
Real connexion is out of time and passes through bones and sinews from our
ancient impressions through something with the same kind of significance as
The inter-connexions between ourselves and other humans and all living things
are so complex that there is no intellectual sense to be made of it.
If my writings echo in you it is because you echo in them.
The soul of belonging is the interplay with all whom you meet and is quite
outside of ego.
To hear the truth resound within your own destiny is a great responsibility.
It bounces forwards in a natural way and you must devote yourself to keeping
up with it.
To be alive is to become your destiny and to burn everyone you come across with
a stronger and stronger light.
So from your land of mist and my land of mystery we have a meeting and a