A few days ago I posted a quote on my FAULK TAI CHI Facebook page, from Wayne W. Dyer, a prolific writer and inspirational speaker:
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
The reach was far and readers liked it. It makes sense to me that people do want to broaden their perspectives, think more creatively or embrace change. How do we do that?
One of my Tai Chi students had a profound experience of this change, which I want to share. She is a new student, in her fourth month of weekly Tai Chi class with me. She is motivated to learn and is inquisitive. Early on she asked, “Does my arm go here? Should I try to relax my fingers?,” wanting to follow and do the moves ‘correctly’.
“The most important thing is to relax and focus on is where your weight is. The benefit of Tai Chi comes from intentionally shifting your weight in a very methodical way,” I explain to her and the class.
“Tai Chi and QiGong are about ‘allowing’ rather than ‘trying hard’. Letting go, relaxing can be a challenge in our busy lives. But for this hour, we have no ‘to do’s’ and no ‘shoulds’,” I add.
After class one day, this student came up to me.
“I’m so excited and just have to tell you something,” she said. “I always thought of energy as something I use to get me through my days and when it’s low, I know I need more sleep. I’ve never consciously felt it and frankly I haven’t, before now, thought about it intentionally. But with Tai Chi I’ve felt warmth in my hands and a few ‘a-ha’s’ when I start to relax. I was out walking my dog last night and I felt centered and thought to myself, I’m moving my energy. I’m feeling my energy!”
She has shifted how she looks at energy and now her energy has changed. Wonderful!