Our actions should be effortless in the same way that a leaf drifts to the ground by riding the wind and the pull of gravity.
What better way to spend a couple hours than to go outdoors during the autumn season on a bright, clear and crisp day to observe the colors, the clarity of the sky and watch the leaves flutter down to the ground. It instills a sense of awe with Mother Nature and makes you realize that we are all a part of this great circle in an ever-changing environment.
The leaves change color every year and the trees shed their leaves to prepare for winter only to sprout new buds and new leaves in the spring. In our tai chi practice we must be aware of this great circle of life. All of our movements are rounded and we always return to the source; our center, our root. Our actions should be effortless in the same way that a leaf drifts to the ground by riding the wind and the pull of gravity. The falling leaf does not plan its path nor fight its descent; it merely goes along for the ride.
When you practice your tai chi you can emulate the falling leaves and allow your energy to flow naturally with no set agenda; your legs and feet forming your root and your upper body loose and relaxed, following your waist.
It is well worth your time to observe nature as often as you can for it has much to teach. After all, legend has it that tai chi got its start by observing a fight between a crane and a snake. Who knows what other tai chi legends you can start in your own observations.
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