Just call me Mr. Grumpy

I did Tai Chi last night for the first time in a while. I did plan to do it outdoors, but the cold put me off a little. I find it hard to stay warm doing Tai Chi, it’s not a sweating sort of sport. It is a Martial Art though and after only a few minutes play, I realised how much I miss her. I live in a rather compact flat, so I decided to practice in our kitchen, which is open to our living room. Eastenders was on the television, so I decided to put on my iPod, and chose “Jesi Tubchik” from an album called “Sacred Tibetan Chants From The Great Prayer Festival” which is full of wonderful Tibetan chants and put it on repeat.

Tai Chi iPod

I find non rhythmic music works best, when practising Tai Chi. So Tibetan chants are great, and after a while infuse your practice with their mystical, spiritual and karmic powers. OK, I know Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art and Mao has done his worst in order to stop “the opiate of the masses”, especially in Tibet of all places. So maybe there is a little irony in using Tibetan music to help practice a Chinese art form, but I don’t think so. I think they compliment each other really well.

Grumpy

I have had better days, I revelled in my dreadful, self-pitying mood today. Work was pants – everything was pants. I craved nicotine, but luckily managed to find the resolve not to cave in to the evil nicotine worm. My brother rang yesterday, he has damaged his liver through his fondness for alcohol. His days of drinking are over, and the doctor will only be able to determine how badly his liver is damaged after about three months of non-alcoholic life! Good luck Bro…. and I thought I had a crap day?

By Rich Senior

Meditator, Yogi, Tai Chi practitioner, Guitar player, Music maker, Writer and Web developer.

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