I’m just about done being licensed to teach Tai Chi through David-Dorian Ross’ TaijiFit program. As you may have seen before, DDR, has been studying T’ai Chi (or more accurately, Taiji) for more than 30 years, and he’s a seven time national champion in the martial arts version of it.
I went to the instructor retreat in Denver, Colorado this past week. DDR told us something interesting: he said many people have told him…
“This is the best class I’ll never come back to.”
The reason why is that it’s kind of neat, but you don’t see immediate results. No popping muscles, instant weight loss or restored sex drive.
My experience bears that out. I’ve been into fitness in one form or another for the last 15 years or so. I’m in really good shape for a guy my age, but also felt like something was missing.
When I got connected to Taiji, I was looking for a new form of meditation. I’ve been meditating pretty regularly for the last 10 years or so…more like 20 if you count juggling. It was time for something new.
I started learning a few months back, and I took it seriously. If I’m going to jump into something, I’m going to commit to it.
And it felt nice. Or should I say it felt pleasant. The arm waving. The up-and-down. The breathing. All good, and the people were terrific.
But to say I felt this immediate shift into bliss…that wouldn’t be telling the truth. I stuck with it, because that’s what I do. I’ve also known from years and years and years of counseling and coaching that any habit takes a good three weeks before you see the benefits.
Well what do you know! Around the 21st day I started to not do Taiji. It started to do me!
That’s pretty much what they said would happen. David Dorian and DeAnna Dimmitt always say you don’t have to “do” Taiji.
Your breathing will do it for you.
And damn…isn’t that what meditation really is?
So now I’m just a couple of hours of training away from being a licensed TaijiFit trainer. And I am a Taiji monster!
Which is to say I have found the meditation practice and the fitness practice which has catapulted me into the next state of being.
Serenity, clarity, focus….
Check. Check. Check.
Look, Taiji may be the thing for you, and if it is by all means, click on this link. Come join us for some free classes and see if it’s your thing.
But…give it three weeks. Don’t make it the best class you never go back to.
And truth be told, I really don’t care if Taiji is your thing or not.
I just want you to take yourself seriously enough to give whatever you work on 21 days of honest focus and attention.
Then see what happens. Because at the end of the day, that is what separates the fans from the achievers.
What have you “played with” and not given enough time to succeed?
What have you committed to and seen results from?
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