Today has been a most interesting day.
I started my day teaching Tai Chi to my lovely class - 3 new students have slotted in very nicely to the already standing class.
I then went to do Pilates with my great friend and teacher Jennifer. Through the years of working with Jennifer in Pilates and studying Tai Chi and then teaching Tai Chi my body has undergone an amazing transformation.
I then came back to do my writing which has fallen behind schedule a little this week as I prioritised different things earlier in the week including my daughter's needs. I randomly clicked on a link in an email from a friend to an interview with Deepak Chopra. Now Deepak and I go back a long way.
In all my years in nursing I used to muse on and then formed a very strong opinion about why some people with similar stories and similar backgrounds can transform personal experience of hardship and difficulty and others succumb and lose or surrender their lives.
I had a belief it was something to do with their mind and brain and the relationship with their body but I had no evidence for this gut feeling until I read Quantum Healing by Deepak way back in the 90's. I remember feeling so validated by his book because I had a feeling that it might have something to do with meditation and maintaining what I called balance or equilibrium way back then, now I call it Equanimity as I have come into contact with Buddhist teachings.
What has Deepak got to do with Tai Chi - nothing and everything.
Tai Chi can be seen as a moving meditation - a way of embodying balance and poise in movement. To remember a form means we have to be in our body (the mind is way too skittish to actively remember a 93 / 97 movement form).
I continued to watch Deepak and listen to his explanation of teleromase which is, he said 30% higher in meditators! At the same honouring a great Tasmanian Elizabeth H Blackburn. You too can enjoy this but it is 1 hour long so make your beverage first and settle in!
I finish with a quote from this lecture - Consciousness processes meaning! I hope you can spend a little time processing that statement as it is VERY important.