Ancient Arts for Modern Man
Joan Browne Holistic Life Teachings ·Monday, 17 June 2019
The Ancient Arts being referred to are Shaolin Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan. Both arts are ancient but nevertheless are as important nowadays as in ancient times. Both are energy and mind training arts to develop good health, vitality, mental clarity, spiritual joy and a zest for life. Both are ideal for physical/mental/emotional/spiritual wellbeing following ancient traditions where physical health and mental strength were necessary to live. Our lives may have changed since 527AD when Bodhidharma introduced Shaolin Chi Kung to the Shaolin Temple, but as humans we still need to keep our chi flowing to attain the good health that we need physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
These teachings may appear simple but they are profound in their application to life. We learn to become relaxed and focused (meditation), we learn how to circulate energy around the body by just breathing and smiling, we learn how to deal with stress, burnout, chronic illness and pain. We learn how to enjoy life in very simple pleasures as we attain a child like wonder which makes each moment easier and more special in our lives. We learn to let go of emotional baggage, to forgive, to open our hearts, to bless and receive blessings, to become more aware of ourselves, our family and our surroundings. We learn to stand up for ourselves in a non aggressive way. We also learn respect and become more disciplined in our daily life. We learn to stand back from a situation rather than bulldoze in. Our clarity makes it easier to solve problems and to see solutions more quickly. In short, we learn how to become better human beings, to become the best that we can become and understanding and experiencing the importance of being alive and alert to and in each moment of the present.