In the last installment of the Self Control? (Self Control? Part - 3.2) blog posts we discussed how meditation increases circulation and activity in the part of the brain that is responsible for self control and good reasoning abilities. We talked about how Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people every day as a moving meditation and we asked what about Tai Chi (compared to other forms of meditation) is so special?
Well, one of the things that sets Tai Chi apart from many other forms of meditation is that when you practice Tai Chi, you are not only getting benefits from the meditation (which strengthen the self control and reasoning center of the brain), but you are also exercising and strengthening your body at the same time. Exercise helps increase blood flow to the brain and helps keep the body and mind younger longer. So rather than just receiving the benefits of meditation, or just the benefits of exercise, Tai Chi provides the benefits of both. In addition to those benefits, practicing Tai Chi requires learning to move your body in ways most people are unfamiliar with and begins to improve coordination. This is an entire workout for your brain in and of itself which helps keep your mind active and sharp.
So, Tai Chi offers a very "whole being" approach to health. Instead of the focusing solely on the body or mind, it brings both into the mix and allows you to exercise, calm, and develop both at the same time. That is one of the reasons I personally prefer Tai Chi over many other forms of meditation.
Sometimes this brings up questions about whether someone should practice Tai Chi instead of some of the various other forms of meditation available?
To me, this very much depends on a person's personal preference. One person might enjoy Tai Chi more than they enjoy, say, yoga and another person might enjoy yoga more. So, rather than saying you should do Tai Chi instead of something else, or that you should do something else instead of Tai Chi....I would say, try them both and see which one is a better match for you.
A very important thing to remember when studying any meditative art form is that there is no single art that is perfect for every individual person.
I am personally a big fan of Tai Chi because, as I said before, it can benefit both your physical and mental well being simultaneously and the benefits of this can spill over into many areas of your life. However, the only way for you to know if it's right for you is to try it. :)
It's good for the body, good for the mind, and good for the soul. :)
If you would like to give Tai Chi a try check out my Class Schedules and Locations to see when might be the best time for you to try it.
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have.
This is the final installment of the "Self Control?" blog posts. I hope you have enjoyed them and have possibly learned something new from reading them. :)
P.S. The following links will take you to the previous "Self Control?" blog posts if you missed any of them.
Self Control? Part - 1
Self Control? Part - 2
Self Control? Part - 3.1
Self Control? Part - 3.2