Jost ex­plains how you were ad­dicted to chi and not to drugs – and a fab­u­lous ex­pla­na­tion of life for you if you are not ad­dicted to any­thing!

Living Now - - Health & Healing - By Jost Sauer

Tak­ing up yoga, chi-gung, taichi or an­other mar­tial art is a crit­i­cal part of your re­cov­ery plan. These prac­tices in­volve mov­ing through a series of pos­tures that al­low chi (‘prana’ in yoga), to flow around your body. The tech­niques were cre­ated cen­turies, if not mil­len­nia, ago on top of re­mote moun­tains or deep in dis­tant jun­gles by out­casts and mis­fits who were not interested in hav­ing a bor­ing or nor­mal life (sound fa­mil­iar?). The chi prac­tices build health, but they are also the means to es­cape re­al­ity.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of main­stream re­hab cen­tres have be­gun of­fer­ing yoga or tai-chi, see­ing them as nice calm­ing or stretch­ing ex­er­cises. And they are, but that’s just the start of it. The Chi­nese chi prac­tices (tai-chi, chi-gung) were devel­oped af­ter cen­turies of ob­ser­va­tion of ex­tra­or­di­nary an­i­mal abil­i­ties The prac­tices copy these skills and al­low us to es­cape our per­cep­tions of phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. Jackie Chan’s fa­mous grav­ity-de­fy­ing movie stunts are a great ex­am­ple of this, but this is just the start of where chi can take you.

If I’d had any idea of the trippy ori­gins and real power of these prac­tices, and the states they can put you in, I would never have done drugs, I would have ap­pren­ticed my­self to some tai-chi master or guru in­stead. But I’d never even heard of chi when I had my first joint, and I fol­lowed the drug path to al­tered states in­stead. Things are dif­fer­ent now. We might be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing one of the big­gest recre­ational drug epi­demics in his­tory, but si­mul­ta­ne­ously,

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