Winter time! Who doesn't love snow days? In case you don't know I live in North Carolina and we just got hit with our first big snow. Aside from the snowfall it has also been icing over night, layering the snow. Making it slick, hard to walk, and break through.
The good thing about North Carolina is snow and ice doesn't last too long, but when they're here it's important to know how to walk, move, and keep your footing amid the cold.
How do we do this? By following some basic Tai Chi principles, of course.
We all can feel relaxed when practicing our favorite Tai Chi Chuan form or Yoga posture. From beginners to advanced practitioners we're constantly reminded to relax, re-position, stretch and get comfortable in the various postures and movements. There is no better environment to build this awareness than class, but it will never come to enrich our lives if we don't find a way to take it out of class and into the real world.
Application of Tai Chi Chuan goes far beyond simply martial and combative concepts. The jewel of the practice is its ability to heal, balance, relax, and guide those who need it to a more fruitful life.
How do we apply Tai Chi Chuan to living a better life physically, mentally and spiritually?
Pick a date and make that your first step off the diving board into positive change. A date can be a powerful thing! Say with conviction to yourself "ON NEW YEARS THERE'S NO TURNING BACK!"
If we hold in our mind that there is no turning back, why do we fall into the same habits as we had before. New Years day is surely a day that we attempt a change alongside many others. With many people changing at the same time, not even this camaraderie can make the decision last. Some last the day, week, or month. Few stretch that intensity into eternity. I feel this is due to a lack of certainty that the change in action will lend the results desired. Another reason could be a lack of definite purpose. Without strong purpose we lack sufficient support to start. Even if this purpose is strong the momentum wanes when we fail to remind ourselves of it.
How do we fix it?
If you want to listen in with me for some consistent reminders the motivational videos I listen to on the daily can be found below:
Daniel R. Hyde
Licensed Massage Therapist
OIF, OEF Veteran
U.S. Marine Corps
Tui Na, Chinese Massage
Shiatsu, Japanese Massage
Tai Chi Chuan
Kwan Ying Do Kung Fu