‘My first intentional practice of Tai Chi began years ago on a rainy day in the month of June. The sweet cadence of the rain in all it’s rhythmic glory, the cleansing nature of the rain was just as wonderfully comforting as much as the experience of Tai Chi, with its movement in stillness and the stillness of its movements.
As I tried to move in unison with breath and learned to direct the momentum for the movements from the central core of the body to the outward, I could draw the parallels of the simple yet profound principles of Tai chi giving a lifetime’s guidance.
A life lived in the middle path gives one equanimity to see beyond the obvious. To envision the duality of existence enough to understand joy and sorrow, are not something eternal. Life becomes simple and just as easy to live as we make it , letting go of excesses of any kind, which ultimately works towards healing oneself from within.
It only adds to the fact that this moderation makes you want to work at building progressively, instead of pushing the boundaries and stretching beyond your abilities to the point of probably injuring yourself and giving up altogether.
The rain’s rhythmic tapping on my open window sill, the occasional bursts of cool breeze surrounding me now and then was in tune with my learning to release and melt away the accumulated stresses through conscious gentle outward movements . I felt a few varied sensations coming to me vying for attention, but as soon as my focus returned to simply witness the flow of breath in the movements the very same sensations completely vanished.
It was so peaceful to end the practice with breath awareness and mindful movements that I must add that like everything else in life, Tai Chi must be ideally learned under the guidance of a good teacher to experience the gamut of life enriching experiences it surely has to offer.
As I completed my practice for the moment , suddenly there was thunder and lightning signifying the release of feel good endorphins and hopefully parting with some of the tensions within me. This is after all the essence of Tai chi , to be one with Nature and learn to nurture it .
A humble dedication to Tai Chi form and the powers of the supreme in and around us.
Strength of Silence Silence is Strength in its subtlety Fragile and yet full of potential Expanding consciousness in awareness Tremendous growth occurs in Silence Explore the Silence of the soul and spirit.
Silence is powerful beyond compare Start your journey to understand the self In the sounds of silence Wisdom speaks Silence listens without a word.
A Chinese business man was thinking whom to hand over his business out of his 3 sons. He thought of a way to find their talent. He told his sons he, who sells more combs to the buddhist monastery will be the one who will head his business. Initially the sons were perplexed how to sell combs to the monks who do not grow hair. After the specific time given to them, father called his sons to know about their achievements. First one told I sold 2 combs. How asked the father. I told them the comb can be used to scratch their backs. 2 monks bought it.
Well. What about you , father asked the next one. I sold 10 combs. How asked the surprised father. I told the monastery. that the people visit with dishevelled hair because of the strong winds on the way which is a disrespect to lord Buddha. If they keep a mirror & some combs at the entrance it will help people. They agreed & bought 10 combs. The merchant praised his son .
Third son said I sold 1000 combs. The merchant was in awe. I went to the head monk n told since they receive a lot of donations, it would be a nice gesture, if they give something like a blessing to the donors. What can we give asked the head monk. I showed him the combs with Buddha’s sayings inscribed on it & said since they use comb everyday it will be a reminder of teachings every time they use. . He agreed & ordered for 1000 combs with Buddha’s teachings inscribed.
No need to guess who took over the business from father.
All will think it is impossible to sell combs to the monks.
In life also we may face certain impossible situations . If we become disheartened then it means we have accepted defeat.
The 3 sons showed us 3 different ways of thinking.
First one thought what other way the comb can be used n sold 2.
Second one thought who other than the monks can use the comb n thought of the visitors . He was able to sell 10.
But it was a one time sale n no further sale in these lines will work out.
The third son also thought on same lines like the second, but with a difference. He modified the product as a gift wiith Buddha’s blessings to the donors. With the increase of donors , his sale will also increase.
So never accept defeat or think that coming out of difficult situations is impossible, start thinking differently. Expand ur vision from different angles. Think to bring some small changes which will bring great results.
No one to buy tomatoes, dumped in garbage. No price for cabbage. Used as manure in fields Bananas , radish thrown on the streets . We read many such news.
The knowledge we have in farming, we don’t have in business. Pickles, chips, jam dried vegetables, so many other ways to make them profitable. Instead of throwing or wasting, think what else use it can be put into. Learn to approach the correct persons. , through co operative farming or combined business.
Learn to change impossible situations to positive opportunities.
With patience , faith, hardwork n vigour if u start working , the impossible situation will become the foundation for a future big success.
Never bow down to initial negativities or accept defeat.
Expand your vision & focus.
Live with hope & positivity.
(Translated from a Tamil forward by my mother Anjana.)