I was the kid who was the last one picked for teams in phys ed. And, as a matter of fact, I skipped phys ed for the last two years I spent in high school.
When I was a teenager, my big exercise was walking. I walked everywhere because I left home before I was old enough to get a driver’s license. I sometimes rode a bicycle – because it was faster than walking. And I enjoyed dancing (although dancing in public music venues was a little bit like high school – The singer in our favorite band nicknamed me “The Worm”.)
Once I got a driver’s license, all those big muscle groups started to, well, soften. (They weren’t exactly firm to begin with). I prided myself on fine motor coordination skills – the little movements that take place mostly in your eyes and the tips of your fingers. Exercise was too much like work.
Once I finally got up the courage to give Kai Chi Do a try, it was work! I had to learn how to pace myself, so that I could enjoy Kai Chi Do without feeling strained. Once I did that, it was a turning point. That’s when I got hooked.
I have to admit that I’m still not fond of exercise – although I think there’s a lot of truth to “use it or lose it” when it comes to our bodies and my body feels a little tighter and more contracted if I miss a week of Kai Chi Do. But it’s not the physical benefits that keep me doing Kai Chi Do.
I don’t do it for my heart or my lungs or my strength or circulation. I do Kai Chi Do because I like what it does to my head.
My mind gets quiet and calm. It lets me release thoughts that are causing me stress or pain and discover what’s left when those are gone. (Do you know what’s left when those are gone?) It’s an altered state of consciousness for me, a shift in perspective that feels pure – without contradiction. It feels open to receive.
Kai Chi Do is a tool for us. It’s one of many that we use to follow a certain path in our lives. A spiritual path – one that keeps us grounded and in Spirit at the same time. A path of relationships. We were on that path together long before I ever did Kai Chi Do. The path is a feeling that we call Connection.
And that’s why I do Kai Chi Do. Because it gives me that feeling.
Why do you do Kai Chi Do? Use the comments link and please tell us: How does it make you feel?