Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle states, "Life isn't as serious as (the) mind makes it out to be."
A big part of the practice of tai chi and qigong is to learn how to relax our bodies and quiet our minds so we can live more harmoniously. Our minds can be consumed by our thoughts, emotions, feelings, actions, reactions, how we relate to other people and situations. This all can seem like serious business because our "monkey minds" or overly active minds can get involved.
I have seen this occur with my own monkey mind. At this stage of mental agitation, I depend on the slow, flowing movements of my tai chi and qigong to bring me back to a place of relaxation, grounding, and emptiness from mental drama. Life doesn't have to be as serious as my mind makes it out to be.
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.