“When moving the body, the step is of first importance. The step is the root of the body, it is the central axis of motion. Since the whole body is used in an encounter with an enemy, the person who wishes to be unbeatable must rely on footwork. When advancing, retreating, turning or angling, the changes are in the handwork, but it is the footwork that allows the hands to adapt and change to the advantageous position. Advancing, retreating, turning or angling, without the steps how can one have a chance? Lowering, rising, extending or contracting, without footwork how can one execute profound changes? The saying is that the eyes are key and the heart decides the reaction, in all changes and turns of the body, in reaction to all types of affront, it must be that footwork is the leader. In addition, the steps must not be forced. Movement must spring from an empty heart, as if dancing without conscious effort, the body desires to move and the steps turn to all sides. The hands are about to move, the steps also urge them in motion. Without timing it so it is so, without making it go it goes, this is what is referred to as the upper wishes to move and the lower follows.”—Xing Yi Nei Gong
“among women who were free of PMDD at baseline, those with a trauma history (including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and severe accidents) were 4 times more likely to develop PMDD at follow-up than were nontraumatized women.”—Medscape
It’s hard to believe that I’ve kept at this project for two years. There have been numerous occasions where I thought I wouldn’t, or couldn’t continue—that I had nothing more to add, or that I’d tired of the restrictions I’d chosen for myself. But this project has been such a great relief to return to each time.
Now, at the two year mark, I’m curious where this work will take me next. I hope you will join me in finding out.