The idea of perceiving the body as a mass of energy versus looking at it as groups of individual muscles.
I have stumbled upon this insight during my Yoga practice, realizing it can be a different way of understanding the body’s constrains; rather than focusing on tight muscles I started conceptualizing blocked energy.
While this is still work in progress for me, this morning, at my Tai Chi practice, this concept came up again. This time it was discussed in the context of viewing the body not as muscles expanding and contracting in order to move one’s torso and arms (for fending off an opponent,) but rather as expanding one’s circle of energy. You can imagine it as a ball around you or as a puffer fish, puffing up in an instance to create a circle of protection. Thus when an opponent pushes you (as in Tai Chi Push Hands,) you are not treating it locally and try to push back but rather expand your circle of energy and, in the process, fend off your opponent’s offensive.
Furthermore, there is the idea of connecting your energy with the opponent’s energy and vs. verse. In other words, when attacked, a connection is formed between the force your opponent sends your way and your defense. If you are able to connect to that energy you can then channel and connect it with your energy to your benefit. Similarly, when you are able to connect your energy with your opponent’s (when you are on the offense,) you can channel it through him/her. This too is still work in progress but it’s a start of a new way of looking at the body.
Learned from: self-observation (yoga) and my Tai Chi buddies (George and Gerry).