Welcome to February!
While most people have long since given up on their New Year’s Resolutions, we’re pressing forward, growing from week to week, letting consistency drive us to our goals.
I’m so glad you’re here today. I want to show you a video I came across this week. I can’t explain what you’re about to see, so just watch it first and I’ll talk about it after (click the link BELOW the photo to view the video).
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Posted by Discover China on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Can you imagine if all my “Move Right Monday” videos looked like that? Would you feel challenged to press ahead and reach for more from your body, or would you be so overwhelmed you’d find something else to watch?
Well, I’m not planning to doing any exercise videos like this any time soon, but it brings up some interesting points.
First of all, there is a whole library of Tai Chi Ball exercise videos available on the Internet, but you won’t find many (any) that incorporate basketball tricks like this. That’s just something fun that I found. But Tai Chi ball is a real thing, and it does incorporate aspects of balance. Normal Tai Chi is a search for balance within the body, and having a ball moving around you throws off your balance, so it requires an extra measure of concentration.
What We Can Learn From Tai Chi
There’s so much we can learn from Asian disciplines like Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a discipline that involves the mind, breath, and movement to create a calm, natural balance of energy that can be used in work, recreation or self-defense. Over the last twenty years or so, I’ve seen more healthcare professionals incorporating it into treatment: fitness centers, the YMCA, even hospitals and retirement homes.
The principles of Tai Chi include a sense of inward balance and calm that reduce stress and allow the body’s natural wellness mechanisms work unhindered. Your body really does know how to heal itself, but stress, tension, and imbalance impede your body’s ability to communicate to all the members. As you release tension from your mind and muscles, blood, nutrients, and electrical impulses can move quickly around the body to where they are needed.
The young man in this video has a pretty amazing ability to move freely – much more so than you and I have. Would it be beneficial for us to be able to move like that? Maybe not, unless we got called upon to appear in a Jackie Chan movie. But there’s a principle here that I want to look at. When your body is entirely at your command without hindrance, you can do more. Even if the only difference was that you could work without pain, wouldn’t it be worth it?
What would you do with that kind of muscle freedom?
Then there’s the other side of it: mental and emotional calm. How would your life be different if you took an hour or a half-hour every day to clear your mind, relax, and find your center?
You don’t have to subscribe to all the philosophies of martial arts to benefit from some mental and emotional calm, but that’s a topic for “Think Right Thursday.”
For our purposes today, the emphasis is on balance, muscle freedom, and flexibility. If you would like to move in that direction, I recommend you watch my “Move Right Monday” videos. They are designed to be simple movements that you can do anywhere (at home, at the office, or wherever your find yourself), and improve your balance, flexibility, and motor control. They take five minutes and don’t require you to spend money or change clothes. We won’t start with Tai Chi Ball, but we will help you get control of your muscles and your health.
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas