The journey is the reward.
Of all the exercises, I should say that T’ai Chi is the best. It can ward off disease, banish worry and tension, bring improved physical health and prolong life.
It is a good hobby for your whole life, the older you are, the better. It is suitable for everyone – the weak, the sick, the aged, children, the disabled and blind.
It is also an economical exercise. As long as one has three square feet of space, one can take a trip to paradise and stay there to enjoy life for thirty minutes without spending a single cent.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
To be able to practice five things everywhere
under heaven constitutes perfect virtue.
generosity of soul
‘Invest in loss?’
When I first read this Chinese quote years ago it didn’t make any sense.
How can you invest in loss?
But several years later in my Tai Chi training I finally understood what this quote really meant.
And when I made that realisation I looked at every opportunity to ‘invest in loss.’
The losses are essentially my mistakes and the investment is in learning and applying the correct technique.
Here are some examples how I invested in loss.
– thrown head over heels – sink the chi
– too rigid in my movements – relax, let go but maintain the correct structure of the posture
– sparring and getting hit on the nose – maintain seven stars posture
There is a lot of wisdom in Chinese quotes and it is only through practice, awareness and examination can one really understand a quote such as ‘invest in loss.’