Today I enjoyed my 3, 287th day of uninterrupted practice of Master T. T. Liang’s 150 movement T’ai-Chi Solo Form – I feel fortunate to have been healthy enough physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to practice each and every day…truly fortunate!
I feel grateful to my Teachers and the marvelous art that they have so graciously shared with me. This deep well of knowledge for health, well being and longevity called T’ai-Chi!
I feel grateful that I’ve had this run of good health. I know that my commitment to practicing a minimum of one ’round’ per day has contributed greatly to my health and happiness. I also know that I will eventually not be healthy enough to do my daily practice …..but until then …..I will celebrate each and every day that I can by ……..doing it!
I encourage everyone, that is reading this blog, to entertain at least a curiosity about the effects one would feel by committing to developing a ‘daily meditative practice’ like the T’ai-Chi solo form….any form will do…..just commit to doing it for 100 day’s in a row! I promise you will be surprised at the effect in will have on you and your relationship with yourself.
There ….. I’ve got you thinking about it…..An uninterrupted, daily meditative practice, like Tai-Chi
How do you know if you’re in flow?
You lose awareness of time. You aren’t watching the clock, and hours can pass like minutes. As filmmaker George Lucas puts it, talent is “a combination of something you love a great deal and something you can lose yourself in—something that you can start at 9 o’clock, look up from your work and it’s 10 o’clock at night … .”
You aren’t thinking about yourself. You aren’t focused on your comfort, and you aren’t wondering how you look or how your actions will be perceived by others. Your awareness of yourself is only in relation to the activity itself, such as your fingers on a piano keyboard, or the way you position a knife to cut vegetables, or the balance of your body parts as you ski or surf.
You aren’t interrupted by extraneous thoughts. You aren’t thinking about such mundane matters as your shopping list or what to wear tomorrow.
You are active. Flow activities aren’t passive, and you have some control over what you are doing.
You work effortlessly. Flow activities require effort (usually more effort than involved in typical daily experience). Although you may be working harder than usual, at flow moments everything is “clicking” and feels almost effortless.