October 8th, 2009
When I was in college I studied a defensive style of the Martial Arts. It was then that I was able to learn so much about Traditional Chinese philosophy which has served me so well in my travels the past month. During my time of studying, I often imagined how amazing it would be to go to China and watch people come together early in the morning to do Tai Chi in the park. Tai Chi is, I would venture to say, is almost a spiritual or meditative form of the Martial Arts. The purpose is to discover your Chi or true power within. Chi is the energy in our bodies that moves the blood and is essentially responsible for every move we make. Chi is more than energy though. To a Christian, I have heard it is comparable to the Holy Spirit within us. So this morning I was up and on my way before 6:00 AM to go to the park with Michael, one of the translators with Beike, to do Tai Chi in the park. Today we just watched, but the instructor invited us to come again tomorrow and he will teach us the 24 basic positions of Tai Chi. I had such a great time. I never made a bucket list, but that would definitely have been on it if I did.