When practicing tai chi, as with all things we engage in, our mindset is the key. Sometimes my mindset regards my tai chi as a task to check off on my to-do-list for the day. Yes, it feels good to check it off. Yes, I do feel some relaxation and calmness, but it is just momentarily. When I truly focus my attention on my tai chi my day flows more sweetly and I am less reactive, or restless because my mind and body have had time to fully relax in the quietude of the moment. My tai chi practice becomes like a meditative practice. I become aware of how active my thought patterns are and where I hold tension in my body. Through the slow, gentle movements and breath work of tai chi I release most of my mental, emotional and physical tension, and practice relaxing. A meditation teacher said that relaxing is the key to meditation. When I keep in mind that tai chi is more than just a task to check off, I receive tai chi's true benefits.
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.