Namasté? Bless You!

6 Sep

A holiday is supposed to relax and calm you, but life doesn’t always work that way. Things can be tough and there can be nails on the road just as you are walking barefooted. One of the most annoying things about that, apart from the obvious, is that stress also messes with your creative engine. I find that I do need to be in the right head space in order to write in a way where I can fully dive in instead of just writing. I hope that makes sense, but I feel a difference between the mere act of writing and REALLY writing.

Anyway, I did what any semi-normal person would do, I went to the Internet Gods and asked them for help. First they showed me pictures of cats with funny expressions to cheer me up and then they directed me to something called tai chi. I am sure you have heard of it. I know I have, but I didn’t know that much about it except that it exists of slow movements, usually performed by women in tight sportswear on a field of grass while a group of male runners gawk at them. However, it is so much more.

The point of tai chi is not to visualise energy, but to actually feel it. Since everything is made up of energy, that doesn’t sound so bad. A lot of stuff happens in a person’s mind, especially in the minds of (high)sensitive writers. One of the principles of tai chi is to integrate the mind with the body. Movements are fluid, breathing is controlled, and don’t underestimate the power of mental concentration. (Jedi mind tricks!) All of this is designed to allow your life force (the force!) to flow smoothly through your body like a well-oiled…river? Basically, like Yin and Yang, the body and mind are connected and in harmony. And what is better than achieving harmony, right? Apart from writing a best-seller.

One of the other most wonderful things about tai chi might also be the health benefits. As a serial writer I pretty much stay locked in my writing lair with my pet dragons and fake moustaches all the time, and when someone so much as mentions any form of exercise, I immediately scrunch my face and slip into a temporary coma. Tai chi exists of slow movements and you focus on your breathing more than on whether or not your boobs look funny when you run. It strengthens you from the inside out. You should, however, practise it for twenty minutes if you really want the blood flowing. Which you do. Studies have also shown that you gain muscle strength, flexibility and you get fit. So what I am expecting to happen to me after a few months, is that I become a kick-ass ninja who looks good in shorts. Oh, and of course Jedi mind tricks!

Happy relaxing, writers!

 

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