“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 Fighter’ that quickly. -So what do you do?
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