Let Your Chi Flow Freely
One hour of T’ai Chi effects changes in your attitude, outlook and perception, making you stress-free. You concentrate better on your breathing, connect to your ‘chi’ and feel grounded, physically and mentally. You also become nonjudgemental in your interactions with yourself and others. You observe and note things around you and how they affect you. We all have to deal with inconsiderate people who test our patience at work, at the bank, or other places, every once in a while. Instead of losing sleep over it and making ourselves miserable, it is better to “kill” him with kindness. It’s a powerful practice and it works. Apportion at least five minutes for your breathing, posture or a few peaceful T’ai Chi movements. Even standing in a relaxed, spine-straight position for a few minutes will make you think more clearly and see things in perspective.
Life is all about right timing. There is a famous Chinese phrase, “Weigh your wu wei”, which translates loosely into “effortless effort” or “do without doing”. Most of the time we are trying harder than we actually need to. Forcing the lid off the jar, pounding harder on the keyboard, punching the elevator button several times in rapid succession, lifting too much weight in the gym — these are some examples of trying too hard. Stop doing this. Realise that life is made up of little things. Instead of going against the tide, go with the flow. Let it happen naturally.