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"I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it."
-- Alice Walker, The Color Purple film's character Shug Avery


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This week's discussion:




30 years ago, when I'd first began studying Tai Chi in California, I had just learned the long form of our style after months of effort, and my teacher asked me to be part of a small group that was to demonstrate Tai Chi at the massive Orange County Fair.


One evening we were up on the stage going through our forms, when a small girl stopped right in front of the stage, as her mom hurried up to catch up with her. The little girl was mesmerized, asking her mommy, "What are they doing?"


Her mom said, "It's kind of like a prayer."


I remember thinking to myself, No, no, no, Tai Chi is not at all like a prayer. Its an exercise!


I still believe that, however, I also now think that that girl's mom was onto something. Now, before we get any howls of protest, I want to make clear that Tai Chi and Qigong are not religious, they are not connected with any religion, and they are actually high sciences that connect the mind and body to evoke health responses on many levels.


I say that because, not so much today, but in the past over the 30 years of my practice I like many teachers have had students who had some twisted idea that they couldn't practice Tai Chi or Qigong because it competed with their religion.


Of course most people don't see it that way, and I and many teachers have taught Tai Chi in churches, temples, mosques, etc. over the years, and in fact I once was invited to do a presentation at the National Catholic Youth Conference one year.


But, this idea of Tai Chi and Qigong as a "prayer" resonates with me on some level, not on a dogmatic religious level, but on a deeply human level.


These 30 years of my Tai Chi and Qigong practice have peeled back the onion skins to expose the essence, the sweet heart of the fruit of Tai Chi and Qigong, and has left me with a sense that at their core Tai Chi and Qigong are very much like "prayers of gratitude."


It has often been said that "gratitude" is the most powerful prayer. As mind-body science is explored in medical research we also begin to have this concept validated, for when patients obsess with symptoms, rather than reveling in the joy of what they still have, it diminishes their progress toward healing.


Again, this isn't a religious concept, but rather a human concept that has been recognized throughout the ages.


"When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing
in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude."
-- Elie Wiesel


WTCQD Israel



"If the only prayer you say in your life is "thank you,"
that would suffice."
-- Meister Eckhart

"Find the good -- and praise it."
-- Alex Haley

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot."
-- The Hausa of Nigeria

Your Lord is bountiful to mankind: yet most of them
do not give thanks.
-- Muhammad (570-632 AD), Koran, 27.73 

WTCQD Egypt  

Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
For thou hast given me in this beauteous face
A world of earthly blessings to my soul
-- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Henry VI: Part 2 (1590), 1.1.20

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
-- Aesop (620-550 BC), Androcles




This article began with the character Shug Avery mouthing the words of famed author Alice Walker about how it pisses God off when we don't notice the beauty of the purple flowers we walk by.


In my Tai Chi classes, as we flow through the soothing, loosening Qigong movements, I encourage my students to do them with their eyes closed, to let go of the world outside, and to revel in the exquisite sensations of breath, loosening, and the massaging of the tissue as the body rotates, sinks, or stretches. I remind myself and my students that this body we've been given in this life is a miracle and a majesty of sensation and perception that the world is too often too hurried to slow down and appreciate.


I liken the organs and cells of the body to an over-worked, under-appreciated employee, asking students to remember how disheartening it feels when we worked for a boss who only noticed us when we had screwed something up at work. As opposed to those jobs we've had where the boss recognized the value of our work on a regular basis. The latter is a joyous and inspiring place to work that brings the most out of us.


This is how most people treat their bodies, cells, and organs. We ignore them constantly, only focusing our attention outward to the world around us, until our organs break down and screw up. Then we curse our bodies for having broken down, feeling as though God, or the universe, or life, has abandoned us, when in reality it was we who'd abandoned our own bodies long before.


Tai Chi and Qigong, at their essence, are a celebration of the miracle of our existence. If the largest corporation in the world applied all their resources to create a machine that mimicked the human body you now exist in, it would be a comical, stiff approximation of the grace that you exhibit walking to the water cooler to get a drink. And when you flow through your Tai Chi or Qigong movements this vehicle you've been given through God, fate, evolution, or chance, is so incredibly beautiful and graceful beyond description.


You might cringe at this, like I did when my Tai Chi teacher extolled us to feel our selves as graceful. Over time I realized that grace is not something external that can be judged by an art critic at the Bolshoi Ballet, but it is a state of being, a state of grace that is felt from within.


When we slow down, close our eyes and breath, as our dan tien takes our physical being on luxuriant rides of loosening and sensing, universes of sensation and perceptual beauty wash over us ...


... the light and shadow patterns that dance across our closed eyelids ... the thousands of massaging sensations as our deep muscles are massaged by the bones moving underneath them ... the silken feeling of the air moving between our fingers and across our face as we turn through space ... a universe of pleasure, that is always here, always waiting, for us to slow down, breathe, and celebrate our being in flowing eddies of gratitude so beautiful it breaks your heart to be in it.


Tai Chi and Qigong are profound acts of gratitude. And as the Greek fabalist, Aesop wrote 2,000 years ago, "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." Aesop was born a slave who was eventually freed because of his relentless embrace of the beauty and meaning of life.



"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world
belongs to you."
-- Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching


"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all the others."

-- Cicero
"This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it."
-- Psalm 118:24


Yours in Qi,


Bill Douglas and Angela Wong-Douglas

Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day


p.s. If you teach Tai Chi but haven't incorporated Qigong breathing, the general principle, in case you'd like to incorporate it, is to inhale when arms and legs are moving in preperation, and then exhale as you "sink" into the leg you are filling.


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"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this
emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and
stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
-- Albert Einstein





Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement
-- Buddha







Learning Tip:




If you are a student of Tai Chi and Qigong, and are like me when I dove into this ocean of new experiences, you have moments of epiphany where you are jarred into seeing the world and yourself in wholly new ways.


There were moments when I was stunned by the depth and expanse of what I was experiencing, sensing my Qi, or life energy, for the first time. I remember my first meditative experience and how amazingly connected I felt to everyone and everything that night when I walked out of class.


Looking back, I see how profound and life altering those days were. I also look back and regret that I didn't share that amazement more with my teacher and fellow students.



Master Booth, if you are reading this, I want you to know that you stretched the seams of my universe, and amazed me by unveiling how vast and wondrous my existence on this planet is. Your teaching and your classes were magnificent moments in my life that have left me far deeper and more profound than I ever would have been, had I not been so lucky as to wander into your classes 30 years ago.


All this dawned on me yesterday, after my Saturday class's meditation, when one of my long time students of many years came up to me in the hall during our break and with tears in her eyes told me how my classes had


altered her life at a time when she was in great despair. We both cried and hugged and I am still glowing from what she shared with me. It will stay with me forever, and I will be a much better teacher because of her opening her heart to me.



The great martial arts coach, and now qigong master, Master Li, once told me that the Earth's qi is depleted of love, and we need to find our love to recharge it.



I would add to that that the world's qi is depleted of "enthusiasm." Like I did in my classes so many years ago, experiencing profound life altering moments, yet for some reason holding back my enthusiasm in class, never telling my teacher or the other students around me what was in my mind and heart, holding back words like, "Wow!" "Fantastic!" "Mind blowing!" "Incredible!" even though I was feeling those things ... I was depleting the world's qi of enthusiasm.


As Einstein said, when we no longer pause to wonder and be rapt in awe, we are as good as dead. Each moment we have the opportunity to breathe life, wonder, and amazement into our world, our extraordinarily beautiful world.


Our Tai Chi and Qigong classes are wondrous events where human beings share their most precious essense, life energy, or Qi. To not be amazed by that is not healthy. Let yourself be rapt in awe, and share that with those around you.


It will make your teacher a better teacher, and it will make your experiences in it more real, more magical, and more endlessly wondrous.






























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As a Tai Chi and Qigong teacher, I have sometimes had students express utter amazement at something new they experienced in class, and have responded with a rather flat, "Yeah, that is not uncommon."


When I've done that I've seen the wonder deflate behind their eyes. I had reduced the wondrous newness they'd discovered into something ordinary.


As teachers, when students have those epiphanies, they are calling us back to when we as students felt that same amazement, to have that miraculous sense reawakened within us ... if we let it.



Let's strive to go back to our own journey and accompany our students as fellow travelers in a constant state of wonder and rapt awe at the incredible experiences we share in our weekly Tai Chi and Qigong classes.







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The True Person does not have an individual heart
but uses the heart of the people.
- Lao Tzu, The Tao te Ching




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Water is good: it benefits all things and does not compete with them.

-- Lao Tzu. The Tao te Ching









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"If you do not change direction, you may
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-- Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching



Top Oil-Producing Country Intends to Focus '100 Percent' On Renewable Energy

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Saudi Arabia is the world's top producer of oil, extracting approximately 11.6 million barrels every day. The oil takes care of approximately two-thirds of the kingdom's own energy needs and is the lynchpin of the country's lucrative exports.

So how is the oil-rich country planning for its energy needs in the future? By focusing on renewable energy.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say global warming influences U.S. weather and made this year's record-hot summer worse, according to a new survey.
Reuters, October 10, 2012

Conducted by Yale and George Mason universities, the survey found 74 percent of Americans believe that global warming is affecting weather, up 5 percentage points since March 2012, the last time the two organizations asked these questions.


Seventy-three percent of Americans said global warming made the record-high temperatures of summer 2012 worse, and 61 percent said weather in the United States has been worsening over the past several years, an increase of 9 percentage points since March.

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Friends of the Earth News, October 28, 2012

For months now Friends of the Earth has been pushing all of the presidential candidates to break their silence about climate change. And now, with hurricane Sandy bearing down on the eastern seaboard, we're starting to see some success.

Yesterday one of the candidates broke the silence and finally talked about climate change. Our pressure is working and we've got to keep it up, through and after the election. Because whoever wins must take seriously the human and economic impacts of climate change. And in case they don't, you can bet that the planet itself is going to keep sending wake up calls in the form of extreme weather. 




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Breaking Medical Research:
Qigong Treats Fibromyalgia!
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MedPage Today, Qigong Eases Fibromyalgia Pain, August 2012

... Routine practice of qigong (chi gung) seemed to significantly improve pain in patients with fibromyalgia and lessened the impact of the disorder, a randomized trial showed.. 

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The Earth Times, Tai Chi Helps COPD Sufferers, Says Report, August 2012


Tai Chi can be an effective exercise therapy for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), says new report. 
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