Let Your Chi Flow Freely

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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.

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