Illness and injury prevention is core to Tai Chi and QiGong. The most basic aspects of the practice are an invitation to understanding what influences daily, seasonal and yearly changes. Our habits, patterns and tendencies can be observed over short, medium and long term periods of time, and will reflect a deeper way to cultivate wellness. Learning to study ourselves, and question our reactions or responses, helps us consider the small changes needed for daily health momentum.
When we think of improving our own Health and Wellness, we often have the perspective that has been given to us by the media, in other word there is more to consider than is socially/culturally recognized. For most of us, we are growing our understanding as more is being exposed due to the availability of the Internet. Still, marketing and advertising has learned to mask itself as “source information”, and while some of this is accurate, much of it is aimed at personal or corporate gain.
A lot of things have been suggested over the years as to how our personal practices can improve. Why we do or don't practice on a regular schedule, and how we interpret our practices as being good/bad goes through a few changes as well. One thing that is important to note: all of the suggestions about improving your personal practice rely on you having one. As obvious as that might be to most, it can sometimes take four or five years to even begin considering that you don't have one, and aim for it.
This past week we have had a couple of Free-talks on Grounding and the inter-active aspects that support functional relationships. When we consider our social skills and our ability to have lasting relationships and sincere connections to friends and family, we may become aware of our own boundaries, limitations, what's appropriate, inner feelings and thought-dialogue, motives, willingness, and our own relationship to self. Relationships and our ability to accommodate the many variables of individual expression, give direct reflection into our own psyche.
What is Mind/Body Fitness?
We may define Mind/Body Fitness as the experience of maintaining mental and physical health as it relates to adapting to change, aging, and affecting degenerating conditions.
It is important to have a good strong, neutral place to begin…. a place that seeks to identify “current common imbalances” that we are sharing, as individuals, as families and as groups of smaller and larger numbers. It is equally important to keep in the highest priority our understanding and deep connection to “what is the same in all of us”. It is no longer a question of IF there is a problem; it is no longer a question as to IF we need to collectively do something.