While perusing some taiji blogs, I ran across a post that discussed developing one’s root. In my own training, I tend to focus on doing zhan zhuang to develop my own central equilibrium with the hopes of developing my own ‘taiji root’.
I have tended to use the mental imagery of extending my energy down into the earth, developing a ‘root system’ underground. However, some mind-intent stuff could be causing some pains in my knees, specifically the focus sending the energy down.
Below is a little twist or cognitive dissonance (my new word for today ;)) concerning my own notions of root:
…But from a didactic point of view I feel that [the instructor] did have a point about the root being something which comes up to meet us, rather than something which goes out from us.
— Source: Richard Coldman – Developing Your Root