#20. Water Running in High Mountains

Happy Earth Day, everyone! And especially you, Earth! Thanks for putting up with us all these years. I hope we can do better by you in the future than we have in recent months.

As usual, I spent the morning down at the seaside park by my home in Nanaimo (Maffeo Sutton Park) practicing my Liuhebafa beside the gentle surf of the Georgia Straight as it softly lapped the rocks along the seawall promenade – all under a brilliant blue sky today.

When I arrived at Move #20, Water Running in High Mountains, I was extraordinarily aware this morning of my body opening wide and the energy spiraling up and across my whole body, from left foot up to extended right arm and hand, and then, with the next step, from right foot up to extended left arm and hand. In this move, I always allow my leading hand and arm to rotate outward (away from my body) as far as it wants to go, and my trailing hand and arm to rotate inward (towards my body) as far as it wants to go in order to achieve the maximum “twist”, which creates the maximum opening of the body and the maximum energy movement (and also a fantastic massage and stimulation of the internal organs!).

In terms of the Taoist metaphysical symbolism of this move, the water referenced in the move’s name is the water of life – our jing, which arises from our kidneys and runs up our spinal column (the mountains) once we become able to circulate it effortlessly through our microsomic orbit. The mountains of our spine are known in Taoist alchemy as “The Nine Peaks” or the Kun Lun Mountains, a famous range in Western China. They will make another appearance in Move #65 (Chi Rises Up Mount Kun Lun). So stay tuned!

But for now, time to put away the keyboard and fling wide the door to the planet.

May you be ever flowing,
Kim Goldberg

Text and Photo © Kim Goldberg

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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