BRACE YOURSELF, THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO BECOME A ROLLER COASTER OF CHANGE THAT WILL SHAKE YOU APART ...
you are trained in the flow of change (see Tai Chi, below)
What long term Tai Chi practitioners find is that as their body loosens around their Tai Chi forms over time, their entire lives become more loose and adaptable in a changing world.
And as both Taoist philosophy and modern Chaos Mathematics shows us is that when individuals become more loose and adaptable to the demands of change, so does the community, the nation, and the world.
The coming global changes, as the 1-2 punch of a rapidly growing population and the increasingly fast technological revolution hit us all, change will be the order of the day. There is no technology on the planet that can help human beings practice loosening around constant flowing change the way Tai Chi can. This skill will be invaluable to ours and coming generations.
Tai Chi and Qigong could not have expanded around the planet at a more perfect time in human history.
Indeed, humanity is going to have to rethink and rewire the way we look at the world, ourselves and our place in it. From economics to environment, from production to distribution, our society is about to change vastly because our times are demanding it.
THE GOOD NEWS: If you look at the scientific research on mind-body meditative practices, you quickly realize 2 vastly important things:
1) Mind-body Meditative Practices like Tai Chi and Qigong can save society TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in saved future health costs, year after year after year.
2) Science shows that Mind-Body Meditative Practices can increase brain size and mental acuity, improve creativity, adaptability, and also decrease the fear/stress part of the brain while actually physically enlarging the "empathy/compassion" parts of the brain.
In a modern world where developed nations spend well over 20 times more on militarism over altruistic endeavors, even as statistics show that the world is far less violent than ever before ... and here in America we imprison more of our people than any nation on earth, even as violent crime rates fall precipitously here and in much of the world ... we see a dysfunctional world.
The spread of Mind-Body Meditative Practices can help create a generation of human beings who are not only smarter and more creative, but who also are less dysfunction-ally fearful, and are more empathetic and compassionate with the policies their generation foments.
Did you know that it would only cost about $30 billion per year to "end world hunger"? If Mind-Body Meditative Practices like Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation (TM trademarked) were made part of public education worldwide, global society would save trillions upon trillions of dollars year after year after year. $30 billion in spending to end world hunger would be PEANUTS.
Ladies and gentlemen, a new world is at hand, we only need to open our minds and hearts to the science of the day, and begin to insist that our societies and institutions begin to recognize this and take advantage of it. It is, if you look at the definition of insanity, it is literally INSANE that our public schools, our corporate wellness, our modern healthcare, our senior care, our prisons and drug rehabilitation programs are NOT YET expanding the use of Mind-Body Meditative Practices, including Tai Chi and Qigong into society at all levels. It makes no sense at all for this not to be happening.
By Bill Douglas