Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Third Presentation

We woke up on day 12 Day at Sea to find that there was no mention of Tai chi on the program! I called the program administrator to see if it was cancelled. It was not cancelled but an oversight in the printing of the program, so they made an announcement at 12:30 to let people know it was still on. Unfortunately only 20 people made it, but we had a great time anyways. This hiccup made me a bit philosophical, so I talked a little about the Tai Chi philosophy.

I used the metaphor of the motorbikes in the countries we visited, how they seemed to flow and find the smoothest route to their destination. We saw little children learning the way of doing this from the experience of driving on their parents' bikes. I used this comparison to how doing tai chi for many years also teaches us how to flow with life. Sometimes we gain speed, pass others on the way, feel the wind in our faces and at other times we slow down, stop, hit a bump in the road, have to detour a blockage in the road, yield to a stronger force, all while learning. That is how we experience the philosophy of Tai Chi and integrate it into our lives.
We then spent the rest of the session learning the moves from the 10 form. Everyone had a great time.

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