Mind-Body Movement Arts: Taijiquan, Qigong, Yoga, Walking
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Movement, Mind-Body Movement Arts, Motion



Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.
-  Carol Welch 



Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.
-  Rumi



"The primary and most beautiful of nature's qualities is motion"
-   Marquis De Sade



I move, therefore I am.
-  Haruki Murakami 



Knowing is not enough, we must apply.  Willing is not enough, we must do. 
-  Bruce Lee 



In a dancer, there is reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength. 
-  Martha Graham 



Never confuse movement with action.
-  Ernest Hemingway



I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement.  To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle.
-  Arthur Rubinstein


Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
-  John Steinbeck



Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement.
-  Friedrich Nietzsche 



The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action.
-  D. H. Lawrence
   [In Taijiquan we have movements called 'High Pat on Horse,'  'Parting the Wild Horse's Mane.']



Wherever a dancer stands is holy ground.
-  Martha Graham 



I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it.  And I also see how this body influences external images: it gives back movement to them.
-  Henri Bergson



It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.  But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.  There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
-  Alan Cohen



In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
-  Deepak Chopra



All things change, nothing is extinguished.  There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent.  Everything flows onward; all hings are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
-  Ovid 



We see in order to move; we move in order to see.
-  William Gibson 



The body says what words cannot.
-  Martha Graham 



To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving.
-  Jerry Seinfeld



All that is important is this one moment in movement.  Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.
-  Martha Graham



Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings.
-  Patricia Fripp



A dancer must listen to his body and pay homage to it.  Behind the movement lies this terrible, driving passion, this necessity.  I won't settle for anything less.
-  Martha Graham



Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.
-  Aldos Huxley 



Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.  There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.
-  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.



The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
-  Blaise Pascal



Too much action with too little intent makes for wasteful exertion of energy and the confusion between movement and progress.
-  Steve Maraboli 



Chair or no chair: a binary relation.  But the vicissitudes of moving the body around are infinite.  You never know what a person in a chair can do.
-  Sarah Manguso 



Nothing is more revealing than movement. 
-  Martha Graham 



There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
-  Carl Jung



Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move.
-  Ayn Rand 



The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world.
-  Mata Hari 



"Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits.  However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly quickly."
-  James Rippe



"The thought must have its own center of gravity; it cannot just be either here or there.  We must find this center of gravity.  It is the same for the body; if it is not centered, no movement will be possible.  It is the same for the feeling.  These Movements are designed to enable us to pass from one center of gravity to another; it is the shift that creates the state.  The gesture, the movement, is what is important, not the attitudes."
-  Jeeane de Salzmann 



"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
-  Martha Graham 



We are all glorified motion sensors.  Some things only become visible to us when they undergo change.  We take for granted all the constant, fixed things, and eventually stop paying any attention to them.  At the same time we observe and obsess over small, fast-moving, ephemeral things of little value.  The trick to rediscovering constants is to stop and focus on the greater panorama around us.  While everything else flits abut, the important things remain in place.  Their stillness appears as reverse motion to our perspective, as relativity resets our motion sensors. It reboots us, allowing us once again to perceive.  And now that we do see, suddenly we realize that those still things are not so motionless after all. They are simply gliding with slow individualistic grace against the backdrop of the immense universe.  And it takes a more sensitive motion instrument to track this.
-  Vera Nazarian 



Movement never lies. 
-  Martha Graham



Dancers are the athletes of God. 
-  Albert Einstein 



The act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another; natural or appropriate motion; progress; advancement; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine; the party of movement.  Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.  Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement.  The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.  One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work; as, the several movements of a suite or a symphony.  A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch.



Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
-  Lewis Caroll



Change means movement.  Movement means friction.  Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.  
-  Saul Alinsky 



Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.
–  Thomas Jefferson



I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that
I can hardly speak,
And I seem to find
The happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing
Cheek to cheek.

-  Irving Berlin



Behind the visible movement there is another movement, one which cannot be seen, which is very strong, on which the outer movement depends. If this inner movement were not so strong, the outer one would not have any action.
-  Jeanne de Salzmann 



We do not stop exercising because we grow old - we grow old because we stop exercising.
-  Kenneth Cooper



To learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.
-  Martha Graham 



Before you've practiced, the theory is useless.  After you've practiced, the theory is obvious. 
-  David Williams



Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
-  Pattahbi Jois 



In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes.
-  Donna Farhi 



The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.
-  Guttorm Floistad 



We don’t "really learn” Tai Chi by listening to, imitating, and following a live Tai chi instructor, or reading Tai Chi books, or watching Tai Chi instructional DVDs.  The “learning” comes from practicing Tai Chi, playing Tai Chi, moving by Tai chi, and feeling Tai Chi.  We move from being awkward and uncomfortable to moving gracefully, fluidly, easily, confidently, and beautifully.  Live and virtual Tai Chi instructors provide us with information and ideas about what Tai Chi has been for others and could be for us, its rich history, and provide us with a model of how a "form" might look and be realized as expressed by their body-mind.  Our instructor's "mind" set or intention is important - depending, for example, on whether they emphasize martial applications or they are a New Age energy arts dancer.  Likewise, our own progress in "learning" will depend upon our own "mind set" of intentions, dedication, toughness, the courage to go beyond our limitations and failures, and our willpower.  Learning Tai Chi is always a complex matrix of interactions, lived experiences, daily training, and accumulated muscle memories.  Less thinking and more practice, training, and doing will result in the greatest learning.  Repeated movements are the foundation for Tai Chi learning. 
-  Mike Garofalo, Learning Chen Taijiquan 



The mental act of sensation which issues in reflex movement is so simple as to defy analysis.
-  Samuel Alexander



Exercise and temperance can preserve something of our early strength even in old age.
-  Cicero



Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
-  John F. Kennedy



Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health.
-  William Osler 



A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
–  Paul Dudley White



You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
–  Charles Buxton 



Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
–  Edward Stanley  



Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.
–  Charles Caleb Colton



Just do it!
-  Nike



Physical activity is an excellent stress-buster and provides other health benefits as well.  It also can improve your mood and self image.
-  Jon Wickham



What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.
-  Donna Farhi 

A lack of exercise robs the body of an essential ingredient.
-  Karen Sessions



Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
-  Plato



Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
-  John Wooden 



Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
-  Vince Lombardi



Breathing correctly is the key to better fitness, muscle strength, stamina and athletic endurance.
-  Michael Yessis  



I can feel the wind go by when I run.
It feels good.
It feels fast.
-  Evelyn Ashford



I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand!



Action is this movement which is itself thought and emotion.  This action is the relationship between the individual and society. It is conduct, work cooperation, which we call fulfillment. That is, when mind is functioning without seeking a culmination, a goal, and therefore thinking creatively, that thinking is action, which is the relationship between the individual and society. Now, if this movement of thought is clear, simple, direct, spontaneous, profound, then there is no conflict in the individual against society, for action then is the very expression of this living, creative movement.
-  Krishnamurti 



For me, yoga is not just a workout - it's about working on yourself.
-  Mary Glover



Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet.... teaching us to root ourselves into the earth.... Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.
-  Carol Krucoff



Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are
-  Jason Crandall 



These days, my practice is teaching me to embrace imperfection: to have compassion for all the ways things haven't turned out as I planned, in my body and in my life - for the ways things keep falling apart, and failing, and breaking down. It's less about fixing things, and more about learning to be present for exactly what is.
-  Anne Cushman 



The good life is a process, not a state of being.  It is a direction not a destination.
-  Carl Rogers 








Bibliography, Links, Resources
Movement, Motion, Mind-Body Movement Arts


Body Movement: Coping with the Environment.  By Irmgard Bartenieff with Dori Lewis. 

Fitness and Wellbeing 

Movement Psychology and Tai Chi

Qigong (Chi Kung) 

Slow Movement

The Slow Movement: The Art of Slow Living

Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) 


















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