But how shall I practice master?

beijing-tai-chi_1695_600x450No matter what athletic pursuit, hobby or skill we enjoy, there always comes a time when we wonder if we are practicing correctly, spending enough time honing our skills or even over-practicing. It’s our natural human instinct to desire improvement regardless of whether we compete with others, because we are still competing with ourselves.

To improve at anything requires diligence and dedication. We don’t necessarily have to become the absolute best at our chosen skill, but in order to satisfy our thirst for self-gratification we must put in a certain amount of time so that we continue to make small steps forward. And importantly that is exactly how we should practice; one small step at a time, focusing on a particular goal. Read more

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If your body doesn’t mind, you should try mind/body!

Its February already and we’ve all had an opportunity to start our exercise and fitness programs for the year.  Whether you’ve joined a local gym, startedMind_Body jogging, or enrolled in a group fitness class of some sort, you are well on your way to treating your body to a more healthy lifestyle.  You will tone your muscles, lose a bit of weight and increase your stamina.  But wait a minute!  Haven’t you forgotten something?

Very often we get so focused on our bodies that we forget about an equally important part of our being; our minds.  After all, what is it that controls all aspects of our perceptions, our reasoning and our thinking, both conscious and unconscious?  That’s right, our minds!  So why do we often neglect mind exercises?  READ MORE

Tai chi and listening energy

Are you truly listening? What’s that you say?  Have you ever stood listening to a friend tell you a story or talk about a problem and then when all was said and done you wondered what it was she was talking about? Have you gone to a concert then afterwards tried to recall or hum some of the songs?

Don’t worry, you’re not alistening-earlone. We all ‘listen’ to things but many times we don’t actually hear them. We are either exercising our selective hearing or perhaps we are relying too much on our ears to hear.

Of course we have to use our body’s auditory instrument to listen but there is another way to actually hear, whether it is spoken word, music, natural phenomenon (like thunder) or any other sound.  Read more.