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Here’s to surrendering and letting go. Here’s to simply trusting the experience. Here’s to an evolution of consciousness exercise.
Humans generally cannot accept what we have no experience of. Gary Zukav, in The Dancing Wu Li Masters, said knowledge is past tense; through imagination, physics comes alive. Einstein said imagination is more important than knowledge. Scientists are limited by their formal education. The rest of us are only limited by our imagination.
Mena's books are her way of allowing the intellect and imagination to have a bit of fun. The views she holds as of publishing date will evolve as her consciousness expands. Mena's books are an exploration of ideas. Her ideas/beliefs/interpretation of the Universe and life on Earth could well be dismissed and laughed off the planet. She's not sure whether she would prefer her books to be ignored or whether she would like for critics to have a field day. She only knows she does not care to get into arguments and disagreements.
Everyone is on their path and learning at their own pace. Everyone is doing the best they can to survive, thrive, and to make sense of their world. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs as long as they are being wrong not doing wrong. Behind every argument is someone's ignorance. Maybe Mena is ignorant. Maybe you’re being ignorant. Maybe we each have a piece of the puzzle? We will all get there in due time. We all want the same things — to be healthy, happy and at peace with ourselves.
Mena was born and raised in Malaysia. Due to a deeply troubled childhood, she was someone who was lost for a long time. At some point during the proverbial “mid-life crisis,” Mena started to organize her writing, done sporadically over the years. In doing so she found clarity, her journals became book ideas, and a pattern unfolded.
The people in our lives are catalysts for our thoughts, emotions, and lessons in life. Our experiences are catalysts for whom we become. Mena shares a lifetime of research and experience and says she owns her understanding of energy.
Mena currently lives in Malaysia with her dogs, the loves of her life. What do her dogs think of her writing? They are not impressed. They don’t know what the fuss is about and would rather “mama” spend more time with them!
on Feb. 08, 2018 :
As this book is written in journal form, we can actually take the journey with Ms. Koo as she fine tunes the execution of the ancient practice of Tai Chi. In her devotion to learning the art as she feels it applies to both her physical and spiritual nature, it becomes a dance beautifully portraying the link between the physical and astral state of being.
Her entries describe in intricate detail her search for the suitable teacher, as one must be matched well in personality and agreeability. To know oneself well enough, as Mena does, to know who will impart their knowledge of the art on a level conducive to her individuality.
It becomes clear that Mena's commitment to assimilating her Tai Chi practice is a major step in enhancing her spiritual tendencies as well as her foray into the mysticism that can be a result of profound spiritual practice. We experience with her, the desire to grasp the proper form and movement as she learns from a teacher who is well versed in the art, but is blind and spent of body ... but there is a connection. The connection proves over time to be a very fruitful and trusting one.
We meet some of the characters that pointed the way she should or should not go. We experience with her the transference of energy into an area where she had been practicing, the energy of the Chi seemingly leaves traces where one has practiced. It's relationship to the earth is very sacred.
From the beginning of Mena's practice, the awkwardness she feels at practicing in public is something we can all relate to. But even as she gains confidence, still prefers the sanctity of practicing alone.Tai Chi is a challenge that she examines in her own reflections throughout her journaling. Her desire to 'dance on the ethers' as she describes the euphoria of the cosmic joining of body and soul when one feels the connection of the physical act to the spirit's liberation, becomes a reality as her astral body is energized by the dance of the chi.
Mena makes me want to experience the natural high of achieving the plateau that Tai Chi can bring you to. Transcending the body through the physical/spiritual connection which is the result of Tai Chi practice.
I would highly recommend 'The Dance of the Chi' to anyone considering Tai Chi practice. It's a practical and in depth observation of one woman's journey.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Jan. 16, 2018 :
A dance that will leave you exhilarated!
The "Dance of the Chi" is a deeply insightful look into the mind of a searcher who leaves very few stones unturned and tells the story through the practice of Tai Chi. I have not read many books that made me feel such a strong connection with the author the way this book has.
Mena is deeply honest in her sharing while at times aloof and ponderous. Everything is on the table and, yet she is surrounded by mystery. At times, during my reading I felt I was witnessing a Beagle pup in a rabbit pen, frantically grasping at everything and coming up with nothing and yet in that nothing is depth, honesty, and humility. Even, power. She exposes us to her own sense of wonder about “the dance” she refers to often as “play.”
I was completely fascinated and thoroughly enjoyed this book and if I were to summarize it I would use a quote from the book itself: “Tai Chi seeks serenity in activity.” One might say, the process of living sorts itself out when one is at "play." Should I endeavor to learn Tai Chi, Mena will be the “master” I seek to teach me, “the dance!"
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(reviewed 19 days after purchase)