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There is a joke in Buddhist circles: "Don't just dosomething, sit there."

What is Meditation?

Meditation is how we train in continuous awareness. It is also how we train in letting go. Meditating might not appear to be very exciting or productive, but try it and give inner peace a chance.

Meditation is a truly transformative spiritual exercise. Beginning meditators do not always connect the simplicity of what they are doing to the essence of the spiritual search, but it is all there to be discovered by those who try it. The Dzogchen teachings of Tibet say one moment of total awareness is one moment of perfect freedom and enlightenment. You do not need to seek elsewhere; it is all within.

The Practice:

Begin your meditation practice in a place that is quiet and free of distraction. Sit comfortably with your back erect. Stay alert and yet relaxed and at ease. This begins the training in mindfulness, or in cultivating heightened consciousness and awareness.

Begin breathing in and out through you nostrils.

Mindfully breath in, mindfully breath out.

Let go of the natural flow of energy and breathing, and learn to simply let it be.

Pay close attention to each and every inhalation and exhalation, following the breath - the object of your attention, all the way in and all the way out.

What is the Purpose of Practicing Meditation?

Breath awareness practice may not seem immediately productive, but give it a chance. Some spiritual masters make it their primary practice throughout their entire lives. Mindfulness of breathing is the basic mediation practice, and yet it has the power to reach and enhance all levels of consciousness. It may appear simple, but even so it works on all levels of the path and it is certainly not just for beginners.

It may not be immediately apparent, but to be totally in the moment, which is what meditation requires, means relinquishing the past, the future, and the dualism that makes a distinction between self and others. This is the essence of letting go.

(Inspired by Lama Surya Das: Letting go of the person you used to be)

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Tai Chi is the most beneficial martial art when it comes to health reasons. This form of martial art is practices in two methods. First method is the Tai Chi Chuan which is the traditional Chinese martial art. The second one is the Tai Chi Chih which is the westernized version. Tai Chi Chih involves a total of 19 movements. Tai chi movements can help the beginners to keep their body healthy. Moreover, these movements will help you neutralize the flow of the chi inside your body. Here are the basic Tai Chi moves.

Rocking Motion
Rocking motion is the most difficult movement present in Tai Chi. In executing this movement you will have to shift the balance of your weight towards your frontal feet then downwards. Next, shift your weight backwards then towards the ground. Make sure that your body alignment remains perfect. In addition, you will have to shift your body weight using your mental concentration, not by brute force. Principles remain the same in all Tai Chi movements.

Bird Flaps Its Wings
In this movement you will have to position your palms while facing each other. However, make sure that your palms are not in contact with each other. Your hands should be taken sideways towards your waist. While doing this, make sure to simultaneously bend your knees as you lift your heels. Next, put your hands together and slightly reduce the bending of your knees. Repeat these movements for 3 times.

Around The Platter
In this movement you will have to position your arms towards your left torso, and then shift your body weight towards your right leg. Left leg should be position forward. Next, move your arms circularly. Make sure to execute these movements simultaneously. While your body is moving forward, half of the round should be completed. The remaining half should be perform after the weight is transferred back. Use the same exercise on the right torso. Make sure to perform this exercise 6-10 times for both sides of your torso.

Bass Drum
In this exercise your palms should face each other while, a distance of 12 inches in between should be maintain. Your hands should move as you shift your weight forward. This time, slowly position your arms upwards. In addition, your arms should be back to normal position as your weight shifts backwards. Repeat these steps for 6-9 times.

The techniques involve in Tai Chi doesn't require you to have bigger muscles. All you have to do is to concentrate on each movement and improve you mental visualization as you shift your weight in various angles.

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