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 alone. 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.
Many people are surprised to hear that tai chi is in fact an ancient Chinese martial art that could help you fend off an attacker. People are even more surprised to hear that tai chi may also help you fend off an attacker of other sorts; viral attack. This year the flu seems to be running rampant particularly in the Northeast. Read more.
What is it that makes us better, gives us confidence and provides us with a sense of accomplishment? For many of us, taking on a challenge or confronting an obstacle and finding a way to persevere and overcome is a sure-fire way to give us a sense of achievement. Thomas Edison once said, ‘The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.’
Tai chi can easily provide a challenge for anyone. The trick is the stick-to-itiveness part of the equation but traveling the long road has its benefits. Read more
Can it be that the year 2013 is upon us already? Another year has passed by so quickly and you still didn’t start that exercise program that you swore you would start last year. Now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to start the New Year off in an active and healthful way. READ MORE
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