Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #325
Bring Joy
It is, and has been, my life’s philosophy, to make everyone I come into contact with feel better about themselves and others. My marriage was based on the idea of doing whatever I could to make the other person happy – not to think of myself – but how could I bring joy into my partner’s life. When my wife was happy, it made me happy.
As I have said countless times in these Tips, smiling refines and raises one’s internal energy. I don’t mind acting silly if I can get a smile and a laugh, thereby helping others smile and feel better. They then go off and help others feel better with their smiles and good feelings.
So, I encourage all who would listen, to do your best and always look for the best in others, and that is what you will find. We can make a positive change in this world right now and into the future.
I have been so fortunate to have positive mentors and work throughout my life. Some of my personal mentors were: Master Choy in Yang Tai Chi, Master Subramuniya in Advita Yoga, Swami Vishnudevanda in Hatha Yoga, Dr. Milton Trager in Psychophysical Integration, Dr. Bernard Haldane in Dependable Strengths. I was honored to be selected to teach all these systems.
After teaching in Tucson for eight years, I met my future wife, moved to Port Townsend, and she and I set up and ran the first wellness center in Port Townsend, 40 years ago. What a rewarding life to be a part of so many people’s personal growth.
Remember, it is never too late to step up to the plate with a smile on your face, and knock the ball of goodwill out of the park.
P.S. This is the last time I will remind you that you can still donate to Anna’s Go Fund Me campaign. When you get to the site, just put in “Anna Young”. We are closing in on the goal. Much appreciated.

Sensing Hands

The name “Push Hands” doesn’t make a lot of sense. Pushing is only half the exercise, the other is neutralizing or maybe “Pulling”. A better term would be Sensing Hands or just Sensing which covers a lot more territory than Push Hands. Besides, the hands make up a small part of the interaction. It is the legs, hips, torso, and certainly the mind that does most of the work. The hands just allow connection for the action of the rest of the body. How about, “Mind/Body Interactive Exercises”?