When it comes to the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, I have an insight that I will convert to advice: Indulge Yourself. For some people, indulging means eating chocolate or ice cream or strawberries, or imbibing drugs or alcohol. As for me, I'll take Tai Chi.
At the Tai Chi Symposium in July, I noted that all the grandmasters practice their forms with exquisite care and slowness. I did this sometimes, but not all the time. I asked myself if I was missing out on something.
On the way home I practiced by the Parthenon in Nashville, on the beach in Biloxi, and in a park in New Orleans. Out of my element and on vacation, I allowed myself the time to truly relax and practice Tai Chi at the pace for which it is intended.
In some ways I felt as if I was experiencing Tai Chi for the first time. My level of physical relaxation and mental tranquility was greatly elevated. I felt the soreness of tight muscles and an overloaded minded melt away, like an internal massage. Aches and pains that others cure with drugs and alcohol
went away with an amazing ease that gave me a sublime feeling of being in touch with myself and all of nature around me.