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This Week in Tai Chi

Our subconscious mind is much more powerful than our conscious mind. It is said that our conscious mind can process 40 million bits of information per second. This is evident when you try to hit a ball with a bat. Your conscious mind processes the release of the ball, the spin of the ball, how much weight was transferred by the pitcher, the possible trajectory of the ball, its possible position in space as it crosses the plate, at what point to begin the swing, how much weight to shift forward and at what speed, the amount of swing of the bat, when to break the wrists, how much follow through, etc. This is all calculated by our minds in 1/3 of a second.

Our subconscious mind, however, processes up to 2 billion pieces of information per second. This is a huge quantum leap in information by an order of magnitude. Your subconscious mind is always processing, 24 hours a day, sleeping and awake. It picks up on subtle energies, emotions of those around you, energies of the room, events happening that you are not ever consciously aware of.

But while the conscious mind records information and stores it in the brain so it can be easily retrieved, the subconscious mind operates differently. It records experiences. It produces programs based on how you experience events around you. The next time you encounter a similar experience, you will subconsciously play that program and react the same way.

When we practice Tai Chi, we reach a state of complete relaxation. Our minds are not stressed. There is no fight or flight reaction. We are calm and centered. This allows the subconscious mind to record what each move in our form feels like. We are recording a program. A program that tells our conscious minds that when we focus our minds to a singular action, even if that action has numerous parts, we can achieve programmed results. When we repeat our forms with a calm mind, we teach our subconscious that when we stress our bodies, we can maintain peace and avoid a fight or flight reaction that records a program we might be triggered to replay later. We are teaching our minds to achieve peace in any situation. We focus on our breath and the slow subtle movements and our subconscious minds replay the feelings of the movements.

I've said before that the best Tai Chi practice you'll ever experience is when you've done the form and afterwards can't remember that you've actually done it. Your conscious mind wasn't involved, it wasn't allowed to make a data memory. Your subconscious mind simply replayed a program and your body responded.

This week in Tai Chi.

We continue our work on our forms. I will NOT be able to teach Wednesday as I will be out of town. I'm sorry for this inconvenience. All other classes will continue as usual.

Classes are as follows. All classes are pay as you go. No contracts or commitments. Jasper Tuesday 6:30pm Dubois County Museum 2704 Newton Classes are $12. Evansville Wednesday 6:30pm (this class is canceled this week, I"m sorry) Tri State Holistic Wellness 500 Saint Phillips Rd 47712 Classes are $10 cash Saturday 11:00 am Unity of Evansville 4118 Pollack Ave 47714 Classes are $10 cash I'm available by appointment throughout the week in Evansville for Reiki / Acupressure Herbalism / Nutrition sessions. $60 cash Message me by text, email, or Facebook Messenger to schedule an appointment. In the Tao, Sifu Weeg

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