I pray at the altar of movement. Movement in any and all forms is my religion. I discovered Tai Chi at a YMCA class in 2012. Or rather — more truthfully — Tai Chi seized my downtrodden soul and lifted me up to unimaginable heights. Hard to describe, but something like my mind and body took flight on a tidal wave of peace and calm.
Tai Chi puts me in the moment of Now. Each slowed motion centers me and fine-tunes my thoughts and opens up a welcoming chasm of new story ideas and lightning quick solutions to knotty plot lines. My body may be moving slow, but my brain is on fire!
The remarkable thing is that every time I perform Tai Chi, it’s a new experience. You can’t casually “dial in” Tai Chi like a rote exercise. You’re wasting your time by blocking out the very essence of this ancient and revered martial art.
And it is a martial art meant to defend and protect in combat. My Tai Chi wrestles with myself, my soul and my inner demons. Tai Chi tamps down all of my negativity and opens up positive channels for my self-improvement.
I’m honored to have performed Tai Chi on such TV shows as The Gilmore Girls and NCIS.
Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) walking behind me in The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Season 1, Episode 3-Summer
Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) leaving the scene in The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Season 1, Episode 3-Summer
And you can see me perform the entire Tai Chi Short Form 24 Yang Style routine here.
Wise ones say that Tai Chi is not mastered in a matter of days, months or even years. So I humbly accept my student status for all of the wonderful and exhilarating Tai Chi days I have left on this planet.