Recently, I was reading the article “Why do you practice tai chi” in Patience tai chi. And it got me to start asking myself questions. I am prone to self-enquiry as it is, so a new door was opening for me: what was the reason for my tai chi practice? Believe me, the moment I started to ask myself that question, I had no idea. And I bet you I still have no idea. But my mind looks for certainty, so it’s telling me a few stories about the reasons for my tai chi practice, and they seem to be quite reasonable and convincing. Here is what my mind says:
It is good for your health. Your lower back pains are over.
It is cheaper than a GP visit every second month.
You take responsibility for your health, so you are the boss.
You meet beautiful & relaxed people.
You are becoming a beautiful and relaxed person.
Your skin feels softer than ever.
Your brain functions better and your concentration has improved.
You have more energy for the numberless things you are interested in.
Your mood has improved so you always feel like doing all of those things.
You don’t get as angry as you used to, and laugh more often.
The chi feels better that a surge of adrenaline.
It actually feels so good that you don’t want to stop practising.
You feel more grounded, as if you had roots, and that gives you a sense of belonging.
You feel spiritually connected to the world.
Obviously, if my heart was to speak, only one line would be enough to answer what reasons I have for my tai chi practice:
I practice tai chi because I love it!