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A T'ai Chi Testimonial
by Ken Osborn
Here I am, age 75, and I feel myself opening up like a flower.
I feel exhilarated, energized and yet in a state of relaxed wholeness.
I have just finished a session of Tai Chi.
When I began my first lessons and practice of Tai Chi, it seemed
that what I was gaining was physical: strengthening of the legs.
a better sense of balance and bodily coordination. But, also important
at my age, there was the mental challenge of learning the detailed
requirements of each posture. Over the years there came an increasing
sense of accomplishment as the form felt more flowing, relaxed
and effortless. And then I occasionally experienced being in a
special place while doing the form. My body seemed to be performing
on its own; my mind was calm, focused, yet detached and I felt
strange sensations of energy moving in my body. Always interested
in meditative processes, I become increasingly eager to strengthen
and lengthen these experiences.
And so, with the continuing guidance of my teacher, Sifu Diane
Cannon, I am eagerly relearning and practicing each posture and
focusing on the harmony of my body. I am realizing anew that each
nuance of a posture has vital importance in maximizing the benefits.
I now see Tai Chi as a continuing, cyclic process of learning and
relearning and going deeper and deeper. What a wonderful gift was
the T'ai Chi seed planted within me and growing into such an integral
part of my being.