What Are You Thinking And Feeling When You Practice Tai Chi


I’m practicing Tai Chi as a prevention and maintenance tool. Not because I need to fix some part of me. Rather my focus is on extending myself, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Where do I extend myself?

You might say that I extend myself infinitely. I am more graceful and free of stress, tension, and tightness than ever before. 

Tai Chi is a wonderful method for honoring your body, no matter what your age or condition. So don’t wait until you’re of a certain age. Whenever you find yourself waiting for something, it’s a red flag.

Always be interested in helping yourself now and think of the long-term effect now. Tai Chi is one way of reminding you to be in the present moment. If you’re not in the present moment, it’s one of the sure ways to get you there.

It pulls your mind back in whenever it goes astray. Where does your mind go? 

It constantly goes back to a place that’s very familiar to you. It goes into a loop of thinking and feeling that you’ve been playing for maybe most of your life, whether it’s your worry, anger, sadness, or frustrations. These are the old programs you are living, and they come from the past. Tai Chi offers you a way to start a new program where you learn to live in the unknown by being in the present moment.

When you’re truly present, you live beyond the limitations of the past, of the familiar world, and you enter into new dimensions of consciousness.

Then, when you do Tai Chi, you simply notice change or movement. You notice change and movement is constantly happening. It’s happening everywhere. You are then standing in unbounded spaciousness. You realize you are not fixed and you’re not unchangeable.

Instead, as you do Tai Chi, you could feel waves through your organs and tissues, and you sense movement through your tissues. And your tissues respond to your sensing, just like a plant responds to sunlight. Your organs and tissues are getting your attention, as they should.

And you sense yourself, not as a solid body at all, but as a movement within movements.

How do you get past your pain?

How do you get rid of the old programs that control your life?

How do you not space out and bring your mind back to the present?

Well, it’s simple – by sensing your connection to something much larger. 

Tai Chi helps you to go beyond the limiting images that you have of yourself. It helps you to go beyond your habits and conditioning of the past. You no longer think that your body is just a machine that wears down by the ravages of circumstance and time.

Instead, you think now your body is the perfect environment for learning to live in the present moment. 

With Tai Chi, you can sense and move with the flow of what is the infinite embrace.  Embrace…

The moment

Become interested in what this moment has to offer you and find your breath and move your breath through your body and move it through your body consciously. When you do that, a new life is going to come in.

If you ask for my advice, I say practice Tai Chi every day. Practice Tai Chi and your body will respond with aliveness. The more you practice, the more you become agile and feel more relaxed. Your ability to manage and monitor your stress levels becomes crystal clear. You get better and better at coping with stress. Love your body and listen to your body right now.

Let’s begin:

1. Sink into your right foot. 

2. Step with the left. 

3. Shift the weight. 

4. Turn in, and exhale. Let go. 

Then in the opening: 

1. Energize, and expand out. 

2. Exhale, relax, and sink back down. 

3. Energize the fingers up in front of you. 

4. Relax back down, and let everything go. 

Ward off: 

1. Turn, and energize. One hand faces the other. 

2. Shift the weight. 

3. Step, exhale and energize, expand out to the infinite. 

Roll back: 

1. One hand faces the other. Turn, step, exhale and energize. Make space. 

2. Turn. 

3. Shift the weight back. Exhale, relax, and energize the shape. 

Press and push: 

1. Shift the weight forward, exhale and energize. Press.

2. Move back and open. Exhale. Energize and push. 

Next set of movements: 

1. Shift your weight back. 

2. Reach out to the infinite, winding up and unwinding. Open out to the infinite, expand. 

Last set of movements: 

1. Step, drop and exhale. 

2. Energize, cross hands. 

3. Relax back down. Let everything go.

What if you practice Tai Chi and embrace what is, and do not worry too much about controlling your life or reaching a specific outcome? What if you can stop ‘doing’ and let go? If you stop ‘doing’, how do you know you are getting the results?

Contact me to sign up for an online Tai Chi class. Remote classes can be taken via Zoom. Find out about the art of ‘not doing’ by taking a class today.

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