Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #423
Desires and Goals
The difference between goals and desires isn’t very clear, yet it seems important to me in my Tai Chi practice. Desires are a craving, longing, or a wish for something. This strong feeling is something that can lead to trouble. Often, one small desire can evolve into a very large one. I remember a movie of the 1950’s called Quicksand, starring Mickey Rooney. He was working as a gas station attendant, needed $5 for a date, and borrowed it from the till, planning on paying it back on pay day, which was a couple of days away. This small thing, through a chain of circumstances, eventually led to the character committing murder.
Desires are like that -– one thing leads to another. Most religions and philosophies preach a cessation of desire. I can honestly say I don’t have any desires at the moment. I do have goals though, like world peace, education for all, ending world hunger, one world without borders. Goals are objectives toward which I direct my life. Goals have ends, desires are open ended. Self-realization can be a goal or a desire depending upon the energy that goes into the thought. If I am trying to make myself better and reach the highest state possible, it seems ego directed and a desire. If I seek enlightenment so that I can help others and be of assistance to the earth and all upon it, I consider that a goal, not ego driven. So let’s be clear about our goals and desires and eliminate the unnecessary elements from our lives so we can focus on what is really important for us and the rest of our beloved planet.
Tai Chi practice is good way to give you the grounding, flexability, strength, and focus needed to accomplish your goals. Take the time through meditation to stay clear about where you are now and where you need to align yourself to keep moving and growing.
Meditation doesn’t have to be formal. This time of year, it is wonderful to find a quiet place, possibly near a stream, or other body of water, sit comfortably, and allow your mind to wander. Just let it go and marvel at where it goes. Don’t try to control the thoughts. Let go. Keep letting go.
Tai Chi Saber Class
We will begin our study of the Yang Style Tai Chi Saber on Fridays, 9 to 10 AM at the Park, starting on June 16. The form contains 39 moves, is fun and easy to learn. If you have a Dao (Broadsword or Saber) bring it, otherwise I have a few to lend out. There are also have a couple of good teaching aids:
You Tube – https://youtu.be/PKk0n2Pq5Ec
(I just finished watching this video. I was impressed. Lots of information)
Web Site – Gilman Studio/ Online courses/Tai Chi Dao or Saber
Evening Tai Chi in Chetzemoka Park
Join us Wednesday Evenings from 4:30 to 6:p.m. for Tai Chi in the Park starting this Wednesday June 14 through Wednesday September 13. Beginners as well as experienced students are welcome. Led by Stephanie Morrell, long time instructor for the Gilman Tai Chi Studio, we will take a close look at the Yang style solo form, concentrating on the structural and energetic principles within the choreography and exploring some of the important Daosit, Buddhist, & Confucionist contributions to the art and practice of Tai Chi Chuan. Feel free to just show up or email Stephanie with questions: