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The past

The past is gone.
We can regret our mistakes and the way that we have lived our lives.
But we cannot change the past.
It has already happened
.


The future

The future has not happened yet.
Yet, no matter what we choose to do, our future cannot be avoided.
Every day we lay the foundation for the days ahead
.


Death


At the end of our lives there is death.
Is this the end?
Is there an afterlife?
Who knows?
Let's hope so..
.
 

Taijiquan without Tao is no longer taijiquan, but Chinese exercise.

(John Lash)


Suffering

Before we die we must endure hardship and suffering, sickness, loss and pain.
This is the human condition.
It cannot be avoided.
But we can address the quality of our lives
.


It is beyond my control...


People have difficulty coming to terms with the fact that they are largely responsible for their own health and wellbeing.
(Or lack of good health).
It is far easier to pretend.
In fact, most people would rather talk about how to run the country instead of how to manage their own lives.


Who chooses?

Who decides what food to put in your mouth?
Who decides what you drink?
Who decides how much TV you watch?
Who decides how much time you spend on-line?
Who decides how much you play with your phone?
Who decides how much exercise you do?

That's right... You do.



Distraction

TV, politics, gossip, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, sugar..
. these things all serve to hijack your mind.
Instead of paying attention to what is taking place in your life you are talking to yourself inside your head.
Worrying, comparing, judging, planning, manipulating.
It is quite a circus.


Your life


If you ignore the reality of your life - your health, your emotional condition, your relationships - who is managing these things?
They do not manage themselves.
A lazy person continues to be lazy.
A sick person waits for the doctor to heal them.
But this is your life.


Sedentary

Medical studies have found that inactivity
is as unhealthy as smoking.
How scary is that?
Those long days at your desk, hours spent driving your car and those long nights watching TV or playing videogames or looking at your phone are actually making you sick.


There is no tomorrow

What is going to happen if you choose to do nothing?
The answer is obvious: things just get worse.

Alternatively, what will happen if you act?
Exercising, reading healthy books, meditating, contemplation... these things will all have a fairly rapid positive effect.
But be careful; not all exercise is healthy.
 

Taijiquan movements are really very simple but students insist upon making taijiquan difficult by adding extra moves.

Taijiquan is not complicated; people are complicated.

 (John Lash) 

How

It is not just a matter of exercising.
How you exercise matters too.
If you exercise without professional guidance, then habits of poor awareness and bad postural/alignment will persist.
The world is filled with well-meaning runners who exhibit appalling physical tension and deleterious poise.


Make the best of it

What if we only have one life?
What if this is it?

Take a good, hard look at your life.


Determine your future

Think about how your body feels and ask yourself whether you are nimble, agile, graceful, strong and dexterous.
Or clumsy and inflexible...
Is your mind clear, calm and sharp?
Do you feel relaxed and at ease?

The fun part is... you get to decide. You can be happy, sad, fit or lazy.


Taijiquan can help

Avoid/offset the common problems associated with modern life:

Stress
Memory loss
Headaches
Stiff neck
Lack of mindfulness
Low energy
Reduced sex drive
No peace of mind
Diminished brain activity
Poor focus/concentration
Sarcopenia (muscle loss with aging)
Reduced joint function
Unbalanced/unsteady
Bad circulation
Heart problems
Respiratory problems
Poor lower body strength
Imbalanced body use
Reduced stamina and endurance
Deeply-held muscular tension
Poor awareness
Restlessness
Poor sleep
Agitation
Limited flexibility/suppleness
Bad coordination
Not relaxed
Bad poise and posture
Slouching
Too much sitting
Obesity
Arthritis
Reduced mobility
Back problems
Knee problems
Unfit
Poor condition
Depression
Anxiety
Loss of manual dexterity in the fingers
Lack of ambidexterity 
Sports injuries

Medical research has proven that a small daily commitment to taijiquan practice can produce tremendous results over time.


Page created 21 May 1997
Last updated 15 December 2016