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Tai Chi and You
Often we stop doing beneficial things such as exercise,eating correctly and meditation,
because we are not rewarded immediately.
Conversely, if we feel better, we stop because we think we have solved the problem.
It is recommended that you chart your progress on a calendar.
Every day write down how many minutes you practise.
Also write down anything else you did athletically or health-wise that is pertinent.
Every time you enter a number you will feel good - it will reinforce your commitment,
and give you a perception of your level of fitness.
After 100 days or so, make a bar graph that corresponds to your minutes of practice.
Connect the points.
Often you will see a wavy line, as opposed to a straight line of progression.
This is completely natural.
Since we are influenced by cosmic energies, biological energies, as well as busy schedules and personal demands,
we cannot reasonably expect a straight line of progression.
Fluctuation is completely natural.
Continue charting yourself see your progress over many months.
You can also try comparing your chart to significant events in your life and see if there is a correlation.
Five minute key to succes in Tai Chi
The simple, most important factor in deriving any benefit from any self-development programme is 'consistency'.
Total time, sweat, intensity, enthusiasm,intelligence, natural ability, pale in comparison to the importance of consistency.
Let's compare the health of a person to a beautifull Dutch windmill turning.
The rotation of the windmill represents the natural flow of the health cycle.
If we add energy to the system, the windmill turns.
If we add energy everyday, we keep the windmill rotating.
If we miss a day the windmill will stop.
We then need a lot of energy to restart the rotation.
If we spend most of our time stopping and restarting, we don't get very far.
Now imagine rain falling on the wooden windmill.
If the windmill is rotating the water will spin off and the wood stays healthy.
If the windmill is still, the water seeps into the wood and dry rot occurs.
Now a great amount of energy is needed to repair the wood instead of rotating the windmill.
You should do a basic five minutes every day, no matter what.
Five minutes every day is much better than doing one hour three times a week.
Try to do the five minutes in the morning because if you oversleep, then you have the chance to do the five minutes during your lunch break.
If you cannot practice at lunch, then do the five minutes after work; if this is not possible, then do the five minutes after dinner.
If not then, do five minutes before you sleep.
The point being that it is best to do the five minutes as early as possible so that you have plenty of oppurtunities to do them if you keep missing your set time.
Once if you get the basic five minutes out of the way, then pat yourself on the back.
Try to do this for forty-five consecutive days.
If you can do it for forty-five days in a row then you have created a habit for yourself.
Soon you will 'want' to do it and no longer have to push yourself.
Do not underestimate the accomplishment of doing five minutes every day for forty-five days.
This could be the best thing you will ever do for yourself.
There are several execises you learned from indomaster that can be recommended for the basic five minutes.
There are several options.
However, five minutes is only a minimum, to avoid losing ground.
Consult indomaster to find out how much time you should spend at each stage.
Do the first 5 exercises each for one minute of the TaiChi- Chikung as learned by indomaster.
Practice the Zhan-Zhuang meditation stance for five minutes.
This will clear your mind, stimulate chi flow and develop strength in your back, buttocks and arms.
If you are learning the Individual TaiChi form moves,
practice the move you are presently working on for five minutes.
If you know all the moves, then do five moves for one minute each.
If you know the entire continious form then do it once, slow.
That will take about five minutes.
Integrate training into your life
There is nothing that can replace a good concentrated workout of meditation or Tai Chi.
However, integrating Tai Chi exercises, the practice of meditation and Taoist philosophy into your whole life is just as beneficial and natural.
You will find that there are precious hours even minutes in the day when you can meditate, exercise and release tension for even
the basic five minutes.
The idea is to steal a minute here and a minute there, as well as trying to practise your programme.
It's like saving pennies, where every minute is a penny deposited, and another drop of chi added to your reservoir of vitality.
After years of doing this, you will feel as if you have made the best investment of your life.
When sitting in a chair, at work or in the home, occasionally twist your torso and look behind you.
This will keep the spine supple and release tension in the neck.
Whenever necessary, stretch your arms straight up in the air.
Stretch with the same feeling as if you are waking up from a nap.
When you pick something up off the ground, bend at the waist, keep your back straight and knees locked.
When you brush your teeth, put your leg up on the counter, knee locked and bend at the waist towards your knee.
When you are really tired, lie down on your back, with your legs shoulder-width apart and arms down by your side.
Make sure your body is in a straight line and symmetrical.
Lower your breathing, putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth and relax.
You will either fall asleep or you will circulate the chi.
Either is good.
In the same lying position, tense the buttocks and tighten the arms and then relax and repeat this several times.
This is good stimulating chi flow, as it serves as a pump for the main chi cycle.
Indomaster in Thailand,Lumpini Park.
When you are sitting in a parked car, or as a passenger, in an office, or waiting for an aeroplane or bus, do a sitting meditation.
Keep your back straight, feet flat on the floor, arm to your sides.
Do not cross your arms or legs as this will inhibit chi flow.
Breath deeply and focus the awareness to the tan tien.
When you are walking, walk as if you have a plate on top of your head.
This will align the body.
Allow your arms swing freely and let the fingers naturally straighten.
Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and concentrate on the tan tien.
In sports, martial arts, the initial method of learning is to mimic as exactly as possible the mechanics of the given art.
The novice seeks to perform the steps correctly, to gain control over the body and to learn the rules.
Once these mechanics are mastered, one is a novice no longer, and can now begin to develop an individual style.
You can now begin to apply the underlying philosophy of Taoism, Tai Chi and Meditation to your own needs and creativity and divise a programme to suit your own lifestyle.
Your Tai Chi skill level will now not regress as long as you practise regularly.
Unlike purely physical forms of exercise, Tai Chi can be enjoyed for the rest of your life.