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. 


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  • 1. Ilene  |  October 9th, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Hey, I’m so glad you had a fun day. Just reading your blog I can see that you really enjoyed yourself. Pretty soon you are going to be counting the hours until you come home. See you soon. Kiss my girl and tell Nana Hi.

  • 2. mina  |  October 9th, 2009 at 6:51 am

    what an amazing opportunity for you shanan! it looks surreal and these folks get to do it everyday. maybe we should do tai chi in the mornings instead of running! i’ve been prepping myself so i can keep up with you! looking forward to your return home!

  • 3. Sarah Beth  |  October 11th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    That is awesome Chancie. You will have to show me some of those moves so that I can use them on Anthony when he picks on me
    love and miss you
    Sarah Beth

  • 4. Cheri Lindquist  |  October 14th, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Hi Shanan,

    That is soo “Cool!!” Maybe you can show me a couple of your
    favorite moves of Tai Chi. To discover my inner Chi is something that I would definately be interested in! Have fun!



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