Newsletter #138 - February 2013
With the excitement of the 15th Annual workshop in Sydney and the 10th Annual workshop in the USA over, I have been amazed at the participants’ progression of tai chi level each year. The camaraderie, sharing of positive spirit and friendships continue to grow and improve. As it was the 15th anniversary of the Sydney workshop this year, we had some special features. More scholarships than before were awarded, and we had the inaugrial talent show. Everyone at the show, including myself, either laughed till their jaws were stiff or were moved to tears. At the conclusion of the show everyone sang in one spirit.
I opened the January 2013 Sydney workshop with a talk on ”How Tai Chi Can Empower You” which you can view on this youtube link.
In this newsletter:
Krista Hom shares with us her trials and tribulations of tai chi teaching and life experiences.
Bob Schlag inspires us with his story of how tai chi has benefited him.
Caroline Demoise talks about staying within your comfort zone as you integrate tai chi principles into your life.
Alex Penny describes the enjoyment of a new pathway of communication and mother-daughter bonding that occurs through the tai chi movements.
Through poetry Jodie Maloney expresses her appreciation to the TCA class in the 2013 Annual Sydney one-week workshop.
May 16 - 17 Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis
Jun 01 - 02 Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training
Jun 08 - 09 Tai Chi for Beginners Instructor Training
Many other workshops conducted by my authorised master trainers are listed in Workshop Calendar.
Yours in Tai Chi,
I knew that I had to take charge of my life, so I went to the Arthritis Foundation’s website and found that tai chi was suggested as a good exercise program. I called the Arizona Office – to be told there were no instructors. I told Dr Howard about tai chi and he told me, “Krista, you should learn tai chi and teach!” I took his suggestion and was certified a year later.”
That’s my speech! Now, I would like to tell you about several experiences my tai chi teaching.
I am not a physician so I cannot prescribe this activity, but it is worth the try. The Tai Chi principles have helped me.
When you apply tai chi principles to every situation in life, you achieve the best possible outcome. This does not mean you win every encounter. Quite the contrary, the objective is to learn from every situation, actively embrace the process of learning and emerge from every life experience with new insights. Life is the process of growth and change. When you learn to relax into each situation, remain aware and responsive, the tai chi principles will teach you to be successful. Integrating the principles and utilizing them in every circumstance you encounter in life makes you a formidable, resilient human being. When you have internalized tai chi’s principles beyond solo practice or push hands training, there is nothing to fear in life.
I feel so fortunate to have tai chi in my life. I first came to Dr Lam's workshop over 5 years ago because of arthritis and balance issues. Tai chi was not only a healthy solution to my physical challenges but also offered a fellowship of people that I can share the benefits and love of tai chi. In June of this year, I shared the gift of tai chi with my 88 year old mother. She has been slowly deteriorating over the last 5 years with the dreaded disease of Alzheimer’s and lives in a memory support facility. She had fallen several times over the years, however; luckily she did not break any bones. A week after I returned home from the June 2012 tai chi workshop in Mississippi - my mother had fallen again - this time sustaining a terrible contusion on her face. She had physical therapy in the past but this time I thought of trying tai chi. Sitting across from her I started with the warm-up exercises and was delighted to see my mother imitate the movements. Encouraged by her willingness of participation - I then continued with Seated TCA and the cool down. She had a big smile on her face! We were not only having fun but also enjoying the new pathway of communication and mother-daughter bonding that was occurring thru the tai chi movements.
The cane fields and luscious land with the creeks running aside
The dogs and me would sit together and watch the valley sky
And the great ranges wrapping round the valley so high.
If there was an ear around pub talk…that ear was me
I love the smells and sounds of this beautiful place
The rivers, the mountains, and the wide-open space.
They talked about there family and how they lived here from the start
Told me stories of about the ways things used to be
About the struggles the glories and our brave and bold history.
Of the days of settlement, ancestry and days of old
They told me old man Frank cut cane and timber by hand
And I’ve seen a photo that shows how they cleared this land.
And how the workers rush and buzz around like bees in a hive
They breathe and worked on the cane farms all there life
And it also wasn’t easy being a farmer’s daughter and wife.
I think of a horse and cart with a bullock team hauling it heavy load
They came in the 1800 hundred chasing gold in those hills
Camping at the diggings I picture how it would have been a thrill.
I think about back then with their blackboard, slate and chalk
As I turn on a tap, an electric appliance and switching on a light
They will get water from a well with their lantern shining bright.
I can’t help but to think about the people that has been here before
As the valley changes there are some things that will stay the same
The people who truly love it and that you cannot blame.
Because as I drive through the valley the images and stories last
Driving in the valley you see the historical landmarks standing there
And as people say “look hard enough history is everywhere.”
To make The Valley a place to cut the sugar cane
So just remember our town folk lived before us and paved the way
So look after the environment so your grandkids can have their day.
No doubt, some of the signs other languages in hotels and shops here in the USA bring on a smile and a chuckle to tourists from around the world. The term, "Lost in translation" can be a source for a good laugh sometimes..
In a Japanese hotel room: Please to bathe inside the tub.
In a Bucharest hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the next day, during that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
In a Yugoslavian hotel: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
In a Hong Kong supermarket: For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop: Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
In a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
In a Chinese hotel: Drinking excessively, making great noise or playing recorder loudly in hotel is forbidden.
In Tokyo: Please use escalator on your behind
Perhaps you have a favorite of your own to share. Send yours to: [email protected]
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