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T’ai Chi for Couch Potatos: Getting the T’ai Chi Experience in Front of a Television Screen

Ah, the perfect escape, when you feel relaxed and worry free. Everything is so soft and soothing as you gently forget your problems of the day and just settle into a carefree state of mind. You can simply accept everything that forms on the blank canvas before you and rest.

Another example of the T’ai Chi experience? Well, not really.

In this case, I’m describing what it feels like to watch Bob Ross painting his creations during his television shows The Joy of Painting and Beauty is Everywhere.

The long running Joy of Painting which was shown on PBS from 1983 to 1994 is now available on Youtube.com, while his second series, Beauty is Everywhere filmed in 1991 is now available at Netflix.com. (Bob Ross and Chill???)

 

Ross is a fantastic painter who demonstrated his art weekly for his loyal audience. He was known for his wildly permed hair and Bohemian fashions, but mostly for his upbeat, calm demeanor as he swiftly painted the beautiful landscapes featured on his show. He would shift colors around the canvas, mixing shapes and textures as he happily gave tips and hints to those interested in his craft.

Most people who watched him would never pick up a brush, but instead would watch all the same to experience the joy of this artist at work. He was also known for his light hearted and witty comments  that seemed to come almost from his stream of conscious as he worked.

We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents,” he’s known to explain. And another fun little quip while painting, “He’s a crooked little tree, we’ll send him to Washington!

Bob Ross’s approach to painting could have easily come from a talented T’ai Chi instructor. He brought his impressions through the TV screen and into our homes, even into our hearts. Television, unfortunately, rarely has such a positive effect on our spirits, though we’re rarely aware of the influence it can have on us.

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Martial T’ai Chi Chuan & Mindfulness

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray

 

The “Mindfulness Movement” has become a popular trend among many people trying to improve their  lives.

Yoga, meditation, and T’ai Chi are among the most common ways people strive to achieve this mindful state. And while all these practices can help us achieve this elusive frame of mind, there is one important difference between them…  T’ai Chi is a martial art period.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Everyone wants to do T’ai Chi in order to be “Mindful“;  To be One-With-Nature, to find Inner Peace and Contentment, to be in Harmony with the World around them… well, screw that!

Look, you’re walking down the street, minding your own business, thinking about all the things you’ve got to do… pick up bread at the store, pay the electric bill, plan a birthday surprise for Grandma, and have someone check into that funny noise your car’s been making lately. When suddenly someone jumps out at you from behind a corner. “Give me your money”, he yells as he comes rushing towards you… then you see a punch heading straight towards your face!

Moments ago you were thinking about Grandma’s birthday and now and you’re suddenly fighting for your life.

Your attacker on the other hand, has had time to prepare. He knew when he woke up this morning that he was going to sneak up on someone, beat them up, and take their money. He’s been watching you and pumping himself up for the attack. He has adrenaline and ‘bad intentions’ surging through his veins.

If you knew he was coming, if you knew what was going to happen, you also could have got ready. If you couldn’t somehow escape, you would have at least built up your resolve to fight  and prepared your mind for the combat ahead.

But it’s too late now. There’s no way you can match his energy or intensity as he comes rushing forward. You simply can’t go from ‘Grandma surprise’  to ‘ Vicious Street Fighterthat quickly.   -So what do you do?

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