And a day later in a shopping mall, walking past Dian Xiao Er, a Chinese restaurant well known for its roast duck.
Images can evoke powerful associations. A few days after playing push hands with a student I am still thinking of how stiff his arms had become. Its was like a stiff hook trying to hang a roast duck swinging in the wind. Why this was so is puzzling as he should have become softer by now rather than harder.
Of course, we all know what Yang Chengfu said about “I’m not a meat rack; why do you hang on my body?” – so in this sense if one’s arm is stiff like a hook it will have a harder time trying to latch onto the roast duck that is swinging about.
If you want to taste the roast duck you must find the means to hook it. You would want to have stiffness in the engineering sense rather than in the meat rack sense. Relax your mind and body to follow the swinging roast duck and before you know it you have hooked it and be ready to carve it up for your dinner.
How to undo the habit of stiff arms?
Try practicing the 3-Count diligently for once for a period of at least 3 months. It will bring changes. The problem with most students not getting it is that they do not practice and when they do they practice for 5-10 minutes.
Our requirement is to practice for 2 hours daily. Just keep doing the 3-Count throughout the entire form and the wonder of this principle will reveal itself. Until then you can only stand outside the roast duck restaurant and salivate at the heavenly smell of roasted meat.
If you don’t want to be a meat hook when playing push hands click here.