Living in the flow of tai chi encompasses aspects such as slowing down, listening, mindfulness, relaxation and wu wei. These aspects can enhance our sense of well-being. The slow gentle movements can help to calm an overly active “monkey” mind. By slowing the mental stream of chatter we can better focus on what is happening body wise with each inhalation and exhalation. The slowing down of our stream of thoughts and our rate of breathing calms our nervous system. Calming our nervous system helps emotionally to be less reactive, less fearful and less controlling. We can consciously choose to respond in a more peaceful manner towards ourselves, others, and circumstances. We can choose to “let go” as needed. We can choose to be patient and intuitively listen to what is needed in each moment. This intuitive listening will conserve our energy because we no longer have to overdo or over think. According to Taoist belief when we live in this way we are practicing wu wei or effortless effort. When we practice wu wei we are waiting for the right action at the right time. We use our energy and time wisely instead of depleting ourselves.
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.