Many years ago, I would pass by a park in a predominately Asian community practicing Tai Chi. I was intrigued observing elderly people, moving slowly and gracefully, all in unison.
I always wondered if I could move as effortlessly as they did.
With those memories still fresh in my mind, I decided to rent a beginners’ DVD from my local library.
The video started out with a focus on breathing; expansion, contraction, breathing in, breathing out, fresh energy flowing in, stagnant energy flowing out. It was followed with simple movements for the whole body.
I was doing well at first, but after a few minutes I felt unbalanced and awkward.
I kept thinking I was taking part in a Bruce Lee film and I couldn’t shake that thought. Diana Lee – watch out cuz here I come. I lost focus. So much so, I started to laugh at myself.
When I looked at the time, I noticed I worked out for only 15 minutes. Time was going by s-l-o-w.
This practice is not without its challenges and the main challenge for me that day was my monkey mind.
There is a saying, where the mind goes, energy follows.