2012年8月2日 星期四

From the Bible to Tai Chi (9) Enjoy being Present


“When I run I feel His pleasure.”

To be perceptive is crucial to learn Kung Fu of Qi because feelings in direct contact are so elusive and erratic sometimes.  So, you need to keep practicing day by day to keep them fresh on your mind.

Don’t rely on your self-discipline.  It will be painful struggles for you because everyone is believed to have only a limited amount of self-discipline.  The more effective way is to make your practicing time ritualize. 

Make your practice as a new daily routine.  Set a timer or an alarm device when you practise.  Before the alarm rings, “you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know anybody owes you.  This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.  This is the place of creative incubation.”[1]

When you practice, your mind, your soul must be present.  Tai Chi can be seen as a kind of meditation in movements.  There is no room for anger, worries, anxiety and rush.   They are sources of your tension.  And the tension locks your Qi up. 

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?”  He who has clean hands and a pure heart may.

Yes, he who has a peace of mind may enjoy being present.  If you do, Qi will be present in your moves.  And you may enjoy peak experience in which eureka may come.  Insights on Tai Chi may dawn on you during practice.  And this will form a positive reinforcement circle that will help you keep this ritual easily. 

You are the active agent for change.  “Your strength will equal your days.”


[1] Joseph Cambell, see Youtube ‘Positive Psychology, Lesson 11’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDvS7WLuJnU

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