Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
There is a modern phobia of physical contact. People quite often do not like to be touched. Yet, touch is one of our senses and if we ignore it, our world becomes far lonelier.In taijiquan we consider touch to be very important; by working with somebody else we can help them to feel how their own body operates and help ourselves as well.
The sense of touch is actually quite complex. Within the sense category of touch we may include: pressure, pain, temperature, shape, softness, texture and vibration.Taijiquan aims to improve our brain's capacity to interpret and respond to the data it receives.
Many people are so uncomfortable in the absence of noise that they will leave the television on even when no one is watching. I have passed people on lonely mountain paths carrying radios that were blasting out rock music. They like the scenery but fear the silence.
We are overwhelmed by noise pollution which keeps us from being able to relax and which wreaks havoc on our nervous system.
Touch is as important as vision and hearing for learning and retaining
information. Lack of touch can lead to emotional disturbances, as well as
lessened intellectual ability and physical growth, reduced sexual interest,
and even immune system weaknesses.
(Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publication, May 2009)
Week in, week out, people attend tai chi classes. The instructor is always friendly. The lessons are always stimulating. Your fellow students are always courteous, well mannered and nice.Your personal life may be in turmoil, your work life may be tedious or disappointing, yet tai chi class remains a constant: comfortable, familiar, friendly and fun.
Instead of being met by rivalry, one-upmanship and stress, you encounter friendship and warmth.
When the incessant noise and distraction ends, you will start to feel different. Tai chi will assist you in becoming quiet inside.