Tai chi is a way of grounding yourself and improving concentration

Tai chi is a way of grounding yourself while you explore your possibilities. It applies to many things you do that involve movement and personal development. In the beginning of learning tai chi, people have trouble remembering the movements. They stumble a little learning them. I think this is due partly to the degree of concentration they muster up. If you are unable to concentrate you must find out why.

Are you thinking about something other than the specific task at hand, the thing that you are there to do? To have the concentration to fully execute, your mind should be only on what you’re doing in that moment. You should be feeling it. Rally your focus onto that one thing, singlemindedly, with all of your being, not just your thoughts, but with all of your mind, body, heart and soul.

It might sound odd, but tai chi is a way of pulling together such a singular focus.  Of course, you have to learn to know what it is that makes it such a powerful tool for focusing your mind. At first, you focus on simple kinds of movement, one at a time, then eventually more than one at a time harmoniously.

At a point in your practice, you cross a threshold after which you command many skills and qualities like a conductor and his orchestra. Then you can use what you learn to apply in doing other things beyond your tai chi practice. Tai chi is like nothing else this way. Doing tai chi applies to a whole lot of other things that you might do, things that benefit from greater awareness of mind-body connectivity.

What I mean is: you probably don’t learn business to apply to your skiing. You don’t learn politics to do farming. Fishing doesn’t apply to running, and reading about flying isn’t flying. But if it involves motion, tai chi can help you improve how your mind and body cooperate to achieve those things.