Discovering Intrinsic Practice Motivation

Marden Hill Road Sunset II; Palermo, MaineFor the last couple of years, I’ve been teaching regular workshops in Farmington, Maine. When I went up again last week, I had a fascinating conversation with one of the students. She was telling me how the core group had been coming along and that other people have come in and out of practicing with them. She said, “you know, it’s not really for everyone.”

Now, I don’t know if that jumps out at you as a significant statement, but as a Tai Chi teacher, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for years.

In this one casual statement, she was really saying that her motivation to practice now comes from inside of herself. Along with a small group of dedicated classmates, she gets everything she needs from the practice itself.

That’s a remarkable attitude. Every day, we get bombarded by messages that tell us to buy something to become something or fit in with other people. To be able to have a practice that lives inside of you, that’s validated by performing it for yourself, and grows because you feed it with energy and time, is really incredible.

In this episode of Qigong Radio, we’re going to talk about how you discover your intrinsic motivation to practice.

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  1. Bob Hughes says:

    It really is for everyone.
    People do come in and out.
    With only one class of taiji, a person can say for the rest of his/her life that he/she has done taiji.
    When I ask new person if they have ever practiced taiji, some will say, “Yes, 20 years ago.”
    I show new players the “Shanghai Hospital Exercise” (standing and swinging arms forward and back like pendulums.) It’s easy to do and remember. If they never come back to class, I never wonder why.
    I just imagine that they are doing the Shanghai Hospital Exercise for 20 minutes every morning.
    Philosophically, when a dedicated player does taiji, the whole universe does taiji.

    Well, I’m off to Canada for another full weekend of taiji.

    Post Falls, Idaho

  2. I like it, Bob! Have fun this weekend.