When people find out I have been studying the art of T’ai Chi and Qigong for more than 17 years, they are surprised. Maybe because it is a long time to be practicing any one thing, or maybe in their minds, I should of “mastered” it by now, and moved on. To which I can genuinely smile from within.
Those who do practice, know there is no complete “mastery,” or “arriving,” when it comes to these two arts. There is only continuous practice, and I wholeheartedly agree with Sifu Gardner when he says, “The more I learn, the less I know.”
What a concept, “The more I learn, the less I know.” The analogy of the onion comes to mind, the more layers I peel away, I find there is always another one below the surface. Over the past 17 years, I continue to become more comfortable with that idea. In fact, it’s intriguing for me to know that there is always more to learn, to let go of, and to truly just BE present and embrace each moment.
Today, I thought I would quickly share with you three things, why I love to teach and live with the practices of T’ai Chi and Qigong.
1) Being Present. Letting people know they can begin again with each breath. And, allowing yourself back to the present, again and again, without berating or judging one’s self. (I consistently work on letting go of self criticism and comparing myself to others).
2) Slowing Down. Taking time for one’s self is the best gift you can give to other’s in your life, as well as yourself. For when we do, we bring more clarity and energy into our daily lives. (I can honestly say, I touch my practice everyday in one form or another.)
3) Let Go and Let Be. Learning that we only control our thoughts and actions, not that of others or circumstances. A great practice is to ACT instead of REACT. (Another one, I continuously practice, some days better than others.) Sometimes, we just have to let things be, as they are (Invest in Loss). I believe what happens to be in our life at the present moment, is serving a purpose. And when we learn the lesson, and acknowledge it — the circumstance itself will dissipate, and we have learned more about ourselves. (Another reminder that any resistance we have in our life, is our own. Period.)
Along the journey of life, may you remember to be present, slow down, take time for yourself, let go and let be.