When one pours cement around their ideas, one is stuck in cement. I am a voracious learner and creative thinker. Whenever my ideas are questioned, I sit back and examine my ideas instead of pour cement around them.
In the Phantom edging thread Arc said:
|Maybe more on base than what our society has taught us to think. This is in concert with reasearch that suggests that contradicts our "western view" that all thinking is done in the brain only. As an example our imune system generates the same neuro-peptides as the brain does when we have a thought, indication that is courses through our body as a thinking system interelated to, but dependant on, consious thought of the mind. I accept the body genius as a "thinking body" as well.
The more "eastern" concepts of mind-body-spirit interelationships precludes the western thinking in brain only concept. While my spirit motivates me to ski, my body does the actual skiing, while my mind enjoys the ride and wonders about how it all works, suggesting adaptations inspired by the curiousoty of my spirit to seek discovery, all netting out toward becoming "one" with my skis, gravity and the mountain. I ski my best when I allow the most by causing just enough.
There were also discussions by nolo and RicB concerning this idea. nolo also introduced the idea of "smart hips" that, at the time, I did not agree with. Some discussions have also gone on in the "two skis" thread concerning this.
In this thread nolo is once again proposing the same type of thing by concentrating on CM movement vs feet and movement patterns.
Friday and Saturday I was at the ski hill. The ski instructors have a dorm that we can stay in overnight if we don't want to drive home. I did foot beds for another intructor whom also stayed over night. He is a level II instructor and we started to talking about this Tia Chi stuff. He had studied Tia Chi in the past. Per our previous discussions I was very willing to explore this with him. It was great because the exchange was two way. I filled in many blanks for him.
Once I found the Chi or the zone of energy I was able to get into and athletic stance and connect one foot to the other through this zone with suprising results. Exploring around and connecting movement patterns through this zone I could in fact connect the hips, both feet and the center of mass together. The result was a coordinated flow.
Yesterday we went out on the snow first thing to try this connection out. I'll be damned if I couldn't connect the hips, both feet and the CM together without concentrating on any one of them by simply connecting them through the chi.
My turns have never been better and I was able to finish them much more without losing the connection between two active feet and the CM.
I have modified my thinking and given merrit to the idea of moving through the chi (CM/energy zone) and gaining connection. I think this worked for me right off the bat because I already own movement patterns that do not block the inside hip movement into the new turn.
You must hit neutral or the inside hip is blocked and will drop back/lateral and to the inside. I lose the connection through the chi between both feet when this happens. I am then forced to use a ride ski and a guide ski, one foot passive and one foot active scenario.