Silk Reeling (for the mind)
What I See
Silk Reeling refers to a set of neigong (internal) movement principles expressed in traditional styles of t'ai chi ch'uan. The name derives from the twisting and spiraling movements of the silkworm larva as it wraps itself in its cocoon, and to the metaphorical principle of "reeling the silk from a silk worm's cocoon". In order to draw out the silk successfully the action must be smooth and consistent without jerking or changing direction sharply. Too fast, the silk breaks, too slow, it sticks to itself and becomes tangled. Thus silk reeling movements are continuous, cyclic, spiraling patterns performed at constant speed with the "light touch" of drawing silk. Silk reeling is trained in solo forms and stances as well as in pushing hands with a partner. It's goal is to open and free all the joints in the body.
I perform Silk Reeling almost every day. Besides being beneficial to the physical body, I find it very meditative and calming for the mind. To me, scenes like this one are "Silk Reeling for the mind". They inspire us, open the mind, free the soul and make life worth living.