Recently an old friend, who has years of Tai Chi and Qigong experience, asked me if it would add anything to his practice to come to an afternoon workshop to learn Blossoms in the Spring. This is an excellent question. When I thought honestly about it, I realized that the answer is no, not really. When you have a qi practice that you love and follow every day, and when your health is good, and you feel complete and balanced in your life, why add anything?
So I replied in this “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” vein. But then I added the following perspective: On the other hand, I also need only one teapot. But I have a beautiful collection of them. Each one has a special feel, and speaks to me of the special moments, alone or with a dear friend, that I’ve spent in its company. Or there’s that old funny shaped pot that still carries the fragrant memory of an amazing rare tea I once brewed in it. None of this is necessary. One functional pot really is enough. But what of nuance? What of beauty? Does it add anything to our lives?
I think so. And I think there are some qigong practices that are like those rare and special teapots in my collection. Blossoms in the Spring is one of those.