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I Do Not Know How I Feel About It (Tai Chi)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I still can't figure out whether I like Tai Chi or not.

There is a "field trip" happening in two weeks, with a couple of beginner classes from nearby cities going to the Retreat for lunch and a tour. Part of me wants to sign up and go, and part of me says it's silly to do that if I am only going to give up Tai Chi after this 10 week class is finished.

I keep saying I want to practice in a room with mirrors -- well, apparently a nearby city has a dedicated building with a proper studio that has mirrors on the walls. Maybe if I popped over there sometime I could get a sense of how I look when I am doing Tai Chi.

I am really concentrating these days on taking smaller steps and placing my feet in such a way that the movements flow better. That's sort of why I feel that giving up after one 10-week session would not be doing justice to it. It seems like it takes plenty of practice to get halfway competent, and I have certainly not given it enough time yet.

Again, I can't decide whether I keep going because it was a lot of money to spend on classes only to not go, or whether I actually like it.

Is that weird?
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THINFITFEMINIST 11/1/2013 9:03PM

    Many practice for years and decades to feel competent. I guess it teaches us to be patient with ourselves 1st and then get in to the flow of the movements and feel that flow in life.

Personally sounds like a great way to spend resources.

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/1/2013 12:11PM

    I would try out the mirror place and see how you feel after that.

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KITTYCAT64 11/1/2013 10:24AM

    Tau Chi huh? I have two videos, and I decided that you can't learn it from a video. It looks so easy, but not really. I know though, it has to help with grace, and stress, and there is nothing more serene then a graceful space cadet. For real, you are my heroine. I say if you like it do it, and if not, after ten weeks Nov e on to something else. Qi Gong is a possibility. emoticon emoticon

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TAPJOYSURFER 10/31/2013 1:50PM

    That's how I felt about yoga for months and months. It was sort of like brussels sprouts to me ... I knew it was good for me, but I didn't get what everyone else raved about, and I was only taking it because my martial arts instructors told me it would help my martial arts. Then all of a sudden I realized I was saying things to my husband like, "at least I get to take yoga tomorrow" and I realized that I had gotten to the point that I loved it.

If you think the physical environment is a factor in your attitude, then by all means try a different location and see if that makes a difference! Focusing on something specific, like the smaller steps and smooth flow, also seems like a really good idea. As for the field trip, does it sound like it's going to give you a better sense of whether tai chi is really for you, or is it mostly going to be a sales pitch to try to get people to book a full retreat? Think about what you would want to get out of going on the field trip, and whether you think you would get that, even if what you want is a fun trip someplace you haven't been before with people you like, and tai chi is incidental.

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