A Tai Chi break is not just about movement, breathing and visualization. It is also about silence. When I started working with students of all ages, I thought I might have to make Tai Chi more dynamic to get and keep their attention. But that wasn’t true at all. After the first 2 or 3 minutes of Tai Chi the class becomes very silent. The children get more deeply into the moving meditation. They will often tell me that being a tree is their favorite part of Tai Chi.
What does a tree do? It grows roots, leaves, sways in the breeze, becomes taller and more and more connected deep into the earth. It becomes stronger. More powerful.
Why do students tell me they like that so much? Is it because there is so little silence in their lives? Walking to school is noisy, bussing is even noisier. The lunch period can be almost deafening. Music at home or in cars generally eliminates conversation. So thumbs are exercise in texting. Meals are often consumed with the TV on, often to loud. Studying and falling asleep often involve noise, too.
Silence has become rare. Silence helps us know ourselves and to believe in ourselves so our self-esteem improves. Sometimes it is OK to say nothing.
Silence helps us in relationships. It allows us to listen and learn about the other. It helps us to learn. Silence helps us feel calm.
Some people find silence through meditation. That is wonderful. Some find it by walking in a quiet place. Some find it through Tai Chi.
Can you find silence? It will enhance your life, too.
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IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.