In the past few months, whenever I would bump into someone who hasn’t seen me since my Tai Chi retreat, they would usually say: “You look so fresh”; “You seem to be doing great”; or even better: “You look different… younger… what happened?” I don’t know if those people are just trying to be polite or if they really mean it. That’s not so important. What matters is the fact that I do feel younger and something indeed happened.
When I say, “Tai Chi changed my life”, people of course ask me “How?” It’s quite difficult to answer to that question in a few sentences. How do you summarize 1,000 hours of training? How do you explain in a few words that, from being the depressive friend that people would come to rescue, I’ve become the ‘helper’, the ‘coach’, a ‘model of tenacity, balance and healthy lifestyle’ (dixit one of my students… Thanks Carl!). Finding peace and balance is still an on-going process for me; I’m far from being the wisest person on earth, so it’s still hard for me to put words on it.
However, what I can say is, through Tai Chi, I got rid of my self-destructive behavior. Can sound like a big and scary word… but again, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact this is now behind me.
Yes, Tai Chi put me on the way to inner peace, and that path really is a wonderful journey…