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, started 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
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
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
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
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
‘It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.’ David Allen Coe
Think about how important a sturdy foundation is when it comes to a comfortable home. If it is poorly constructed your house will eventually tumble to the ground. Think about your automobile mechanic who spends years learning how to repair engines. Without a competent mechanic who is well educated in the foundation of automobile repair your car would fail to run smoothly and would eventually stop running all together. More importantly, think about your family physician that spends years at college gaining a medical foundation then many more years as an intern so he can provide the best medical guidance for you and your family. Where would we be without proper medical care? READ MORE