I am delighted to have Jim join the BOL discussion forum! For several years, I have studied Tai Chi with K.C. Mao in San Francisco. His approach is very appealing to me: a composite of traditional and innovative techniques. We began with Chi Gung exercises and moving meditations, then the Wu style Tai Chi, and now are working on the Yang style forms. As a psychotherapist and training analyst, I find that the daily workouts provide an excellent counter-balance to the mentally/emotional demands of a practice and teaching. The benefits are substantial: a pleasing sense of calm, balance, and refreshment. After previously experimenting with aerobic and weight-resistance exercise, I discovered that the physical/mental challenge of Tai Chi was much more interesting. I have also found that the fundamental Tao philosophy is very compatible with my Classical Adlerian philosophical roots -- looking at each individual as a totality, an indivisible unity. The common sense, optimism, friendliness, humor, and congruence of my Tai Chi instructor echo Adler's style of helping.
When appropriate, I have suggested to a few clients, that they consider studying Chi Gung and Tai Chi. The best candidates, have been clients who had a reasonable degree of self-discipline. Some clients have also benefitted from a referral to an acupuncturist. An interesting area worthy of research, is the potential of Chi Gung, moving meditations, and Tai Chi, in the relief of physical and emotional symptoms. I have heard a few anecdotal reports of the relief of anxiety, depression, addiction, and sleep disorders, as well as the reduction of medication. I suspect that ADD and hyperactivity in children might also be potential applications.
Once again, welcome to BOL. Drop by and browse the Classical Adlerian Forum when you have a chance.
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