There is a concept that is an integral part of Tai Chi and Qigong and other internal arts that applies to everyone looking to expand their existence.
It’s called ‘sung’. And it goes far beyond relaxation (although relaxation in no small achievement).
Sung is partly about going deeper by letting go or releasing and dissolving tension and blocks. Not just the tension in the physical body but in every part of the self. And it’s also about connecting with that place of ease deep within where our movement in the world can be unhindered.
To become truly sung means to see the world and yourself with clarity. To the point where your relationship with everything else is an exploration of interconnection and oneness.
Look at it this way: you see yourself as a physical entity living in the world and that everything is separate from you in the sense that it is ‘external’. From that perspective it is a literal impossibility to be truly at ease and peace with yourself as your mind will be in survival/control mode evaluating, judging, planning dissecting, preventing, organizing, thinking, doubting, worrying, justifying. Busy-busy-busy. Tension, stress, control. As you are literally up against a universe of potential conflict and problems.
To be truly sung is about exploring the energy of oneness, the energy of allowance in the universe. It’s an opportunity to move with the essence of energy. A place of being and understanding where there is a ease and a broadening.
So it is a way of experiencing yourself, experiencing reality in a new way. A more complete and holistic way where everything opens up.
So it may look like a simple thing but beneath the form of Tai Chi and Qigong there are radical and transformative things happening. For those that choose to explore that.
The possibilities are endless.
End note: there is a Tai Chi master, Adam Mizner, who has a passion for what sung is and often talks about and shows the martial applications. Check out his online videos.