Today we ended Tai Chi class by doing the Six Healing Sounds. Connected with simple movements, these sounds are intended to rid the body of negative emotions and energies and to replace those energies with positive ones.
When one participates in this kind of exercise, it’s hard not to intellectualize and wonder whether it really works or not. But, truly, there is something to be said for a simple physical movement working in tandem with a monosyllabic sound to cleanse the body. There’s something to be said for specifically identifying those negative emotions and energies and focusing on their expulsion. There is something to be said for the existence of the esoteric body, the subtle body, fueled by its energies traveling through the invisible channels and points along and across and inside the body. This practice is not a pill, not a special diet, not aerobic exercise, not talk therapy. Perhaps it is all just a case of mind over matter. It doesn’t really matter.
All I know is that I felt pretty centered, generous, and calm afterwards. And that is certainly enough.