TaiChiinit’spurestformcanbedescribedasmeditationinmotion. However,therearemanylayerstothis,whichallboildowntowhere your focus is.Todevelopabeautifulrelationshipwithfocus,Ihighlyrecommend Meditation.Tomeditateproperlythereneedstobeaninternal agreementwithourmentalselvestopracticedaily.Therealso needstobeagrandunderstandingofthepurposeofyour Meditation. Something that you can relate to. Meditationlikealotofthingsweundertakeisabitofwhatcomes first?DoIwantfocus?DoIwantpeace?DoIwanthealth?DoI wantagrandunderstandingoftherelationshipofhumantothe universe?PersonallyIfeelthatabitofanunderstandingofwhat’spossibleto connectwithmeditationisreallyhelpful.Let’sbringintheelephant intheroom.Religion.Ifoneprays,letssaysilently,woulditnot helptohavefocus?Ifyoudriftoff,orjustrambleonthat’snot goingtobeaproductivesession.Ithinkitwouldbeveryhelpfulto understandtherelationshipinyourownheadofreligionand meditation.Tofocusonyouragreedexpressionofdevotionit’s probablybesttokeepitdowntoonething.Let’susebreathingin thecontextofareligiousfocus.Woulditbebeneficialtobreath withinyourideaofheaven?Let’ssayheavenisaveryrelaxedplace. Themostrelaxedofcourseintheuniverse!Youcouldimagine yourselfsittingandbreathingnexttothegreatestheavenlybeings ever.Nojudgement.Justalovelypeacefulsittingtogether.Joining inbeingsilent,andyoujustfocusingonbreathinginandoutwithin that context.Equally,onecanjustmeditatewithone’sownexpressionofpre-existanceandexistance.Or,onecouldjustconnectwiththegrand universalsilencewhichisextremelyhealinginitselfandoffersan infinite invitation to join in that.TaiChiisbestperformedwithintheenergyfieldofrelaxationanda quietmind.Themoreitspeedsupthetrickitistokeepthatfocus of stillness of mind with awareness.Equally,themoreunfamiliaroneiswiththemovementsandtheir interlinkingwitheachother,theharderitistokeepyourfocusof silence, stillness and flow. SoTaiChicanhavetheselevelsofpracticewithineachtimelineof performance.Workingwithsimplemovementscankeepjustenough ofengagementtokeepthefocusofthemind.Driftingourattention totheemptyingandfillingofenergywithinourbodyandlimbswith amorefamiliarroutinebringsaboutaprofoundconnectionwithin oneselfandourcompletecollectionofenergyexpressions.Suchas the mind(still), body(relaxed) essence composed and connected.PerformingTaiChiinaslow,focusedmannerreallycanactivatean arrayofenergies.Aharmonicblendoffeelingincrediblyaliveand connected with a strong sense of the energy within our bodies.
Tai Chi in it’s purest form can be described as meditationin motion. However, there are many layers to this, which all boil down to where your focus is.To develop a beautiful relationship with focus, I highly recommend Meditation. To meditate properly there needsto be an internal agreement with our mental selves to practice daily. There also needs to be a grand understanding of the purpose of your Meditation. Something that you can relate to. Meditation like a lot of things we undertake is abit of what comes first? Do I want focus? Do I want peace? Do I want health? Do I want a grand understanding of the relationship of human to the universe?Personally I feel that a bit of an understanding of what’s possible to connect with meditation is really helpful. Let’sbring in the elephant in the room. Religion. If one prays, lets say silently, would it not help to have focus? If you drift off, or just ramble on that’s not going to be a productive session. I think it would be very helpful to understand the relationship in your own head of religion and meditation. To focus on your agreed expression of devotion it’s probably best to keep it down to one thing. Let’s use breathing in the context of a religious focus. Would it be beneficial to breath within your idea of heaven? Let’s say heaven is a very relaxed place. The most relaxed of course in the universe! You could imagine yourself sitting and breathing next to the greatest heavenly beings ever. No judgement. Just a lovely peaceful sitting together. Joining in being silent, and you just focusing on breathing in and out within that context.Equally, one can just meditate with one’s own expressionof pre-existance and existance. Or, one could just connect with the grand universal silence which is extremely healing in itself and offers an infinite invitationto join in that.Tai Chi is best performed within the energy field of relaxation and a quiet mind. The more it speeds up the trick it is to keep that focus of stillness of mind with awareness.Equally, the more unfamiliar one is with the movements and their interlinking with each other, the harder it is to keep your focus of silence, stillness and flow. So Tai Chi can have these levels of practice within each timeline of performance. Working with simple movementscan keep just enough of engagement to keep the focus ofthe mind. Drifting our attention to the emptying and filling of energy within our body and limbs with a more familiar routine brings about a profound connection within oneself and our complete collection of energy expressions. Such as the mind(still), body(relaxed) essence composed and connected.Performing Tai Chi in a slow, focused manner really can activate an array of energies. A harmonic blend of feelingincredibly alive and connected with a strong sense of the energy within our bodies.