I was in Hobart, Tasmania, last week working with primary school students in our ‘Pozitive Kidz are happy kidz’ workshops.
It’s a program I’ve run for years and it focuses on building self esteem from a Tai Chi perspective.
In one of the workshops I discovered the ‘one Tai Chi second’.
It was after our yin meditative exercise which was preceded by a very active yang exercise.
I was reinforcing the theme that we need to pause before we react to things without thinking.
And it occurred to me to use the term ‘one Tai Chi second’. It’s something that I’ve never used before and it was created on the spot. And these creative moments are always a delight because it gives me more material to use when teaching young students.
I said to the students, ‘if you feel upset, or someone is teasing you, slowly breathe for one Tai Chi second’.
How long is one Tai Chi second?
As long as it takes to remain calm and centred.