This is the time of year when we celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, happy times comes with the burden of additional tasks and responsibilities like carrying heavy rocks on our backs with every step we take.
Recently, I revisited the practice of
mindful meditation. For those who aren't aware, it’s simply the ability the
focus on the moment.
Now think about it? How many of us can focus on one thing; for example, a job to be done
without distraction; multitasking, listening to headsets
while cooking, watching television while texting, or thinking about a multitude
of things while walking to work.
Staying fit and healthy are things we seniors or baby boomers think about all the time. As soon as we wake up and roll out of bed, the aches and pains remind us of our ages.
My wife and I were at a friend's house, sharing wine and conversation. Aside from talking about grandchildren, retirement, and fixed incomes, we talked about our health, how once vibrant and athletic we were, now reduced to taking handfuls of pills -- our bane: arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure; in essence, taking synthetic prescription medication to stretch the inevitable.
Gotta stay alive, right? But is pill taking our only option?
As a long time martial artist who now trains Taijiquan and Qigong every
day, I’ve definitely enjoyed some of the neat benefits, one of them is
appearing youthful, years younger than what my nearly 60 years on this earth
presents. Everyone who I meet with ask
me what my secret is, I tell them that I eat right, avoid stress, enjoy life
and most importantly, exercise daily, more specifically qigong and taijiguan,
you may know it more as Tai Chi.