Do you remember the children’s fable about The Tortoise and the Hare? The fast-moving, witty hare challenges the slow and deliberate tortoise to a race. The tortoise consistently plods on all day, step after step while the hare races off but quickly loses focus, stops to rest and falls asleep. He consequently loses the race to a much slower opponent. READ MORE
‘Go with the flow’ and ‘just let go.’ We’ve probably all heard these expressions many times in our lives but have we been effective in actually ‘going with the flow’? To be sure, it’s not easy all the time to detach from events that occur in our daily lives whether good or bad. Sometimes the little things are the most difficult to shake off. Even insignificant and silly things can happen and we can’t seem to let go of them. READ MORE
Practice, practice, practice. We’ve all heard that before whether it’s practicing a musical instrument, an athletic pursuit, writing, reading or tai chi. There is no doubt that it’s important to practice but it should not become a chore or it will become monotonous and more difficult to endure. In other words, we have to figure out ways to make our daily practice interesting and fun while at the same time achieve some small goal or make some small improvement in the process. READ MORE
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, our nation and the world mourns the senseless loss of innocent young children and heroic teachers. We hang our heads in sadness but also in shame. As a united nation, we have a moral obligation to revisit and amend our constitutional right to bear arms. Just as the tai chi two fishes diagram symbolizes balance and change, we must now search for a nonpartisan and expeditious solution to the gun laws in our country. READ MORE
Tai chi offers a great way to open your senses, express your inner energy and exercise all at the same time.
Many people have heard of tai chi or seen it performed on television. Perhaps you have witnessed people practicing tai chi in your local park or maybe you have read about some of the medical and psychological benefits. To be sure, there are many advantages to gain by finding a local class and indulging in a lifelong learning experience that is tai chi. READ MORE
The often-heard, over-simplified phrase to describe tai chi is ‘moving meditation.’ In fact, tai chi is a complex, internal Chinese martial art based on seemingly very simple concepts. An emphasis on the word ‘art’ in martial art because defined, it is the quality of expressing oneself according to certain principles. So in other activities such as tennis or golf you learn to use basic movement techniques that utilize the core tai chi principles. READ MORE
We can emulate cats by practicing tai chi mindful walking. One of the things that can help us tremendously in maintaining our balance is simple body awareness. In the case of walking, it is our ability to see, feel and hear while sustaining a sense of where we are. In other words we want to use all of our senses to interpret what we are walking on whether its grass, carpeting, or a wood floor and allow or body to make adjustments accordingly. More importantly, however, we want to use our full body awareness to completely tune in to our surroundings without losing sight of our destination. READ MORE