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Table of contents :
Chapter 1: History Of Tai Chi
Chapter 2: Master Ancient Tai Chi Principles
Chapter 3: Achieve Spiritual, Mental And Physical Balance Through Tai Chi
Chapter 4: Tai Chi For Beginners
Chapter 5: Tai Chi And Spirituality
Chapter 6: Yoga And Tai Chi
Chapter 7: Meditation To Improve Your Tai Chi and Chakras
Chapter 8: Feng Shui: Tai Chi For Environment
Chapter 9: Tai Chi Energy And Kundalini
Chapter 10: Importance Of Mindfulness In Tai Chi

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Ultimate Tai Chi Mastery For Beginners!

Tai Chi Achieve Spiritual, Mental, And Physical Balance And Master Ancient Tai Chi Principles!

Mia Conrad

Copyright © 2014 Mia Conrad

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Table Of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: History Of Tai Chi Chapter 2: Master Ancient Tai Chi Principles Chapter 3: Achieve Spiritual, Mental And Physical Balance Through Tai Chi Chapter 4: Tai Chi For Beginners Chapter 5: Tai Chi And Spirituality Chapter 6: Yoga And Tai Chi Chapter 7: Meditation To Improve Your Tai Chi And Chakras Chapter 8: Feng Shui: Tai Chi For Environment Chapter 8: Feng Shui: Tai Chi For Environment Chapter 9: Tai Chi Energy And Kundalini Chapter 10: Importance Of Mindfulness In Tai Chi Conclusion Preview Of: "Spirituality: The Ultimate Spirituality Guide! Understand Spirituality And Spiritual Growth - Gain Peace Of Mind Using Mindfulness Meditation, Emotional Intelligence, And Other Awareness Techniques!" Check Out My Other Books Free Bonus Offer

Introduction I want to thank you and congratulate you for purchasing the book, “Tai Chi: Ultimate Tai Chi Mastery For Beginners! - Achieve Spiritual, Mental, And Physical Balance And Master Ancient Tai Chi Principles”. This "Tai Chi" book contains proven steps and strategies on how to improve your Tai Chi practice through different methods. Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts that originated in China. It incorporates gentle movements that can improve circulation, strength and flexibility. Tai Chi is often referred to as meditation in motion. It focuses on slow continuous movements. Tai Chi can be differentiated from other forms of exercise in several aspects; it is usually done in circular motions and follows the natural flow in the body. According to some historians, elite Tai Chi masters are able to throw their opponent on the ground without anyone knowing how it was done. The movements in Tai Chi are generated using internal energy and are too subtle for outsiders to see. Tai Chi is gentle enough to be adapted into any lifestyles. It requires no fancy equipment and is simple to understand. You can experience better benefits if you start practicing it before you develop any chronic illness. Although Tai Chi is gentle and slow, it provides great physical, mental and spiritual benefits. There is even a growing body of evidence that links Tai Chi to the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions that are related to aging. There are also many aspects to Tai Chi and this book gives you an idea of how you can integrate Tai Chi practice into your daily life. Thanks again for purchasing this book, I hope you enjoy it!

Chapter 1: History Of Tai Chi The best way to truly understand a certain practice is by learning its history and knowing the people that contributed to its development. Each style of Tai Chi was developed for a particular reason and each master of Tai Chi focuses on a certain aspect of the practice. Knowing the history of Tai Chi also helps you appreciate it better. The exact origin of Tai Chi is clouded in mystery. Some people say that it was taught by Ta Mo – a monk from India who traveled to China during the 5th or 6th century. It was said that he taught monks a series of external exercises called the Eighteen Arhat Hands after seeing that monks neglected their bodies due to too much meditation. Zhang Sanfeng Zhang Sanfeng was said to have trained with Shaolin monks and Taoist sages before settling in the Wudang Mountain. In one of the stories, Zhang Sanfeng witnessed a crane and a snake fighting. He watched the animals as they play their lethal dance and this have inspired him to create the ‘thirteen movements’. Wang Zongyue Some believe that Zongyue was the student of Sanfeng. He elaborated on the theories of his master and was the first person to string the thirteen movements into a single sequence. His student Chiang Fa introduced the art to the village of Honan. Chen Wangting He is the first verifiable originator of Tai Chi. It was said that he developed his own methods of Tai Chi from his experience as a military general and his experience in martial arts. Chen Changxing He combined styles from Kung Fu and traditional forms of Chen and taught it to an outsider of the Chen family, Yang Lu-ch’an. He was called as “Mr.

Ancestral Tablet” because of his straight posture. Yang Lu-ch’an Up to this point in history, Tai Chi was taught exclusively to the Chen family only. The story of how he managed to learn the secrets of the Chen family has many variations. One story goes that he disguised himself as a servant and secretly observed the training session of the Chen family and practiced when he was out of sight. He was eventually discovered but instead of killing him, Chen Changxing saw an opportunity to revitalize some aspects of Tai Chi which he thought was lacking in the Chen family. He was then entered into the Chen family tournament where he ultimately won. There are a lot of stories regarding his amazing feats and was named as ‘Yang the Invincible’. Yang Chengfu He represented another turning point in Tai Chi. He was one of the masters who placed emphasis on the physical benefits of Tai Chi. He was also credited for the development of modern Tai Chi.

Chapter 2: Master Ancient Tai Chi Principles There are many forms of Tai Chi and most of them follow basic and ancient principles. Circular and spiraling movement All Tai Chi movements are circular and spiraling. The circular movements allow continuous movement. The spiraling works with the body since it is believed that the Chi is spiraling in the body. The movement also stimulates energy into the hands and gives the fingers the sensation of fullness. Slowness and Timing The slow and continuous movement of Tai Chi is conducive for healing. It can balance the body and remove any blockages. It is also an effective way of entering a meditative state. Eventually, people in Tai Chi should be able to move slowly but with so much energy. When done slowly, the chi flows through the body and unifies it as a whole. Sung Sung is releasing any tension in the body and mind. All the muscles in the body as well as the mind should be in sung, then each joint and muscle is dropped towards the ground. Sung is indispensible in the practice of Tai Chi. The more relaxed you are, the more chi you have. Rooting ‘Rooting’ means that the body is rooted to the ground by sinking the body weight. The whole body must be relaxed so that the energy can flow to the upper body. It allows the chi to connect with nature and take energy from the earth. Waist power All movements must be directed by the waist. This enables the power to flow from the lower to upper body. This generates a lot of force by turning from side to side. Twisting your torso also prevents the accumulation of excess fat on the waist and oblique. If another part of the body directs the

movement, then the power and energy is reduced and you won’t get the full benefits. Uniting the lower and upper body The lower body should move half a second before the upper body. This massages the diaphragm and internal organs. Once the lower and upper bodies are connected, the two can then move as one. The movements of the legs will be coordinated with the arms. Connection Each movement must be connected to the next pose. This ensures the smooth flow of energy in which each part of the body is joined to the other parts. Every connection is maintained but one connection might be emphasized over others. Remember that each part of the body must be connected with the entire body. In Tai Chi, the body moves effortlessly that it appears to move at once. Avoiding Double-weight Double-weight is referred to having 50% of your body weight on one leg and 50% on the other. You should always have more weight on one leg. When the body weight is constantly shifting from one leg to another, it results to a natural flow of movement. Integration Tai Chi is not only about getting fit; it is also about being aware of the energy and spirit around you. Tai Chi is a great way to connect your physical, mental and spiritual energies. Tai Chi is also a great way to activate any dormant senses and help you increase energy.

Chapter 3: Achieve Spiritual, Mental And Physical Balance Through Tai Chi Tai Chi is an ancient form of practice that has originated in Ancient China. It is an effective exercise for the mind and body. Although learning Tai Chi is a lifelong journey, it is easy enough for beginners to learn and can also deliver many health benefits in just a short amount of time. Physical Benefits Many people practice Tai Chi because of its health benefits. It is especially effective in improving a person’s cardiovascular health, muscular strength and flexibility. Cardiovascular fitness Cardiovascular fitness is all about attaining better heart and lung health. Proper blood and oxygen circulation is essential in maintaining good health. Studies show that people who practiced Tai Chi have better cardiovascular fitness and even have lower blood pressure. Muscular strength By keeping the muscles strong, you are able to protect the joints and keep them more stable. Many athletes were still able to perform at their peak level despite suffering injuries because their muscles are strong enough to protect their joints. However, if they retire and discontinue their training, their muscles start to weaken and joint problems starts to arise. Tai Chi keeps the muscles strong and the joints protected. Flexibility Flexibility improves your range of motion and makes the body more functional. Being physically active keeps the joints and muscles healthy. Tai Chi encourages continuous movement which improves circulation in the body and increases flexibility. Mental Benefits

The mind is an important aspect of overall health. Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for the mind. It enables people to tap into their inner strength so that they can practice better empowerment and self control. Everyone who practices Tai Chi acknowledges its relaxation and concentration benefits. Tai Chi is a great exercise if you want to cope with your modern busy activities by learning how to appreciate the nature around you. In the long run, people who practice Tai Chi are more capable of handling stress. This means that they don’t experience the same symptoms of stress like tight shoulders and headaches and are more capable of handling difficult situations better. Spirit The ‘spirit’ in Tai Chi refers to the inner spirit. Remaining in good spirit is not so easy. Your inner spirit and mood is largely controlled by the subconscious mind. The daily stress and negativity that you experience can accumulate and dampen your spirit. Being close to nature or taking part in cultural activities gets your spirit in balance. Tai Chi can help promote balance between mind, spirit and body. Tai Chi’s main objective is achieving harmony with nature and seeking balance with mental and physical strength.

Chapter 4: Tai Chi For Beginners Tai Chi is an ancient form of marital art that uses gentle and continuous movement. This can promote stress relief and mindfulness of the present situation. It has a lot of benefits like lowering blood pressure and promoting better sleep. Warm Up Just like any form of exercise, warming up is also very important in Tai Chi. Warm ups open up the body and promote a relaxed mind. One basic warm up exercise is called waist loosening. Stand with your feet apart. Relax your arms to the side. Rotate your hips slowly from side to side and allow your arms to freely flow through the movement. Let your arms flap on your sides as you rotate your body. When your body has warmed up, move to your neck and shoulder. Repeat the same rotation and make sure to move smoothly as possible. Windmill exercises Windmill exercises are one of the basic Tai Chi movements that can improve your flexibility. Start by standing with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders. Relax your arms and let it hang loosely on your side. Place your hands in front of you, right by your pubic bone. Your fingers should be pointing towards the floor. Gently inhale and raise your hands over your head. Point your fingers on the ceiling. Stretch your spine and slightly lean backwards. Exhale and bend forward towards the floor. Move your hands to the center of your body. Bend at the hips and allow your hands to loosely hang in front of you. Knee rolls Knee rolls is a good movement to encourage circulation in the spine and knees. This exercise can also improve your balance. Stand with your feet slightly apart. Place hands on the knees. Your fingers should be pointing to each other. Gently rotate your knees like you are tracing large circles on the

floor. Perform this exercise in circular motion, first clockwise then counterclockwise. Hand exercise Tai Chi hand exercise can release tension in the shoulder and promote flexibility in the arms and fingers as well. Stand with your feet slightly apart. Raise arm in front of you. Make sure that it is parallel to the floor. Stretch your hands as wide as possible and rotate them clockwise then counterclockwise. Pushing Waves Pushing waves is a great stance to enjoy the meditative benefits of Tai Chi. Start in a basic Tai Chi stance and push your body forward while driving your back foot on the ground and straightening your leg. Push back and let your hands retreat with you. Keep your elbows bent slightly. Repeat 20 times before repeating on the other side. Closing Posture The closing posture is done at the end of each Tai Chi session to promote balance and restore energy in the body. It also helps relax you and get rid of any stress. Make sure that you relax your shoulders and stand with your feet hips wide apart. Cup your hands in front of your pelvis. Your palms should be facing up. Take a deep breath and imagine the energy being pulled upward as your lift your hands to your chest. Exhale and push your palms down. Imagine the energy going down towards the floor. Perform several repetitions.

Chapter 5: Tai Chi And Spirituality All great spiritual training methods aim to connect the inner self to the spiritual world. The spiritual aspect of Tai Chi allows you to experience spiritual joy irrespective of your religion. Tai Chi is a great way to cultivate the spirit and train your energy to be in unison with the spirit. The Cosmos The cosmos and the spirit is the same. It may be expressed in terms like divine being or little Buddha. Every person is already a part of the cosmos and people are connected to it. Going with the flow Since the human body and human functions follow the same law as the cosmos, it is beneficial if your try to flow with the cosmos instead of fighting it. In everyday situations, it means that if you feel hungry then you must eat or rest if you feel tired. Anything that does not feel normal is going against the flow. If a person drains his energy or accumulates too much stress in his body, he becomes weak and may lack energy to sustain his activities. On the other hand, if you enhance your energy flow by performing exercises like Tai Chi, you are able to attain longevity and vitality. The principle of yin and yang applies to humans just like it does to the cosmos. Calmness can generate movement and your body always tries to balance itself even without you being aware of it. All human activities are dependent on the energy and spirit. If your spirit is low, your interaction with other people and how you deal with different circumstances are also affected. Constantly giving in to stressful thoughts can negatively affect the spirit. Tai Chi helps people nourish the spirit and experience joy and freedom. Pure and Impure

The pure energy rises to the heaven while the impure energy sinks to the ground. Tai Chi enables people to clear their mind and get rid of any impure energy that may manifest in the form of pain, illness and negative thought.

Chapter 6: Yoga And Tai Chi Unlike other forms of exercise, yoga and tai chi focus on a precise body posture that transition from one movement to another. Yoga and Tai Chi both attempt to coordinate the body and the mind. Although yoga and Tai Chi have similar goals, they also have their differences. The body position in yoga and tai chi vary drastically. In Tai Chi, the focus is more on achieving relaxed movements. There is no pause in between each movement and constant flow of energy is observed. In yoga, the focus is emphasized on stillness. Each pose is held for few seconds to a minute. This allows the body to generate positive energy in each move. Both practices focus on controlled breathing and relaxation. Physical Benefits Both yoga and Tai Chi have been noted to relieve stress and pain. One study in Harvard Health Publications shows that Tai Chi can alleviate arthritis and high blood pressure. Similar studies also show that yoga can relive physical pain and reduce heart rate. Practicing yoga and Tai Chi regularly can have positive benefits on your daily life. Reduced stress and improve balance Both yoga and Tai Chi use a mind and body approach which can calm the body and mind. People who practice yoga can also benefit from Tai Chi. The constant movement in Tai Chi can allow you to move from one pose to another seamlessly. Some practitioners also combine yoga and Tai Chi. Here is a sample circuit of yoga and tai chi fusion. Camel Start by kneeling on the floor with your legs slightly apart. Open up the hips by placing your hand on your heels. Thigh stretch

Slowly release from the camel and lean forward while placing your hands to your sides. Lean back slightly to feel the stretch in your thighs then return to the starting position. Rising lunge From the thigh stretch, place the left foot in front of you and bend your knees in a 90 degree angle. Make sure that the right knee is straightened in front of you. Lift your arms as you raise your body and lower it when you sink back down. Tree Pose Stand with feet slightly apart. Place your right foot on your left inner thigh while keeping your knee to the side. Extend your hands to the ceiling and join your palms together. Single leg circle Release your leg from the tree pose and stretch them out in front of you. Keep your abs tight as you trace large circles with your foot. You can place your hands on your hips or extend them overhead. Do the same thing with the other leg. Rooster stands on one leg Remain standing on one leg then bend the knees at a 90 degree angle. Bend to a squat while keeping your weight in your heel. Bring your arms in front of you as you squat down. Raise your hands above you head as you straighten your leg. Warrior I Stand with your feet apart. Bend your left knee at 90 degrees while keeping your knee aligned. Tuck and extend From Warrior I, place your arms on the floor. Step back in a plank position then lift the right leg off the floor. Make sure to keep your leg straight. Sweep your knee under your body. Straighten it again then bring it towards your body. Do 7 repetitions on each side. Slow Kick

Lower your right foot and roll up in a standing position. Lift your leg and bend your knees at 90 degrees. Slowly kick forward with your foot and push your arms forward. Lower your arm and foot then repeat on the other side.

Chapter 7: Meditation To Improve Your Tai Chi And Chakras Tai Chi is often referred to as meditation in motion. The graceful movements of Tai Chi can be a good foundation in achieving focus and relaxation. Learning how to master energy flow in your body is essential in many practices including martial arts, bodywork therapies and meditation. Tai Chi Meditation In Taoism, the spiritual path goes beyond achieving calm and peaceful state. The highest purpose of Taoist meditation is to make you aware of your being and finding a place for your spirit. This state of being is beyond physical and mental relaxation; it’s about achieving relaxation in your soul. Practicing Tai Chi enables you to deepen your awareness and relax your body on all levels. The emphasis on Taoist meditation is to see and understand the nature of opposites and the nature of emptiness. Sitting meditation poses Sitting meditation poses should keep you aligned to ensure that the chi is flowing smoothly. You can use a pillow to soften the impact. Full Lotus Pose This is the most popular sitting meditation position, especially among Indian Yogis. Cross your legs while in a sitting position with your feet resting on your opposite thighs. You can also place your palms on the sole of your feet. Half Lotus Pose This is a great pose if you are not that flexible. Unlike the full lotus, you will only place one foot on top of the opposite thigh while the other foot is placed beneath the opposite thigh. Straddling the crane pose

Squat down and tuck your feet under your butt. You can place a pillow between your legs and butt if you find this pose difficult to maintain. Sitting on a chair This is an easier pose for older people. Sit on the edge of the chair with only your buttocks touching the chair. Plant feet on the ground and keep your shoulders relaxed but straight. Cross legged position This is the easiest pose to assume when you are on the floor. Cross your legs and let your calves meet with your heels under your thighs. Standing meditation pose Standing meditation include still and dynamic poses. Standing pose Stand with both of your feet evenly spread apart. Tuck your tailbone and keep your back straight. Slightly bend your knees to keep the blood flowing. Remember that the chi flows in the spine so you have to maintain a straight posture to ensure a clear pathway for the chi to travel on. Gently drop your chest and shoulder to release any tension. Align the head properly by slightly tucking the chin towards the body. Close your mouth and rest your tongue on your upper palate. Bow Stance Stand with your feet together. Slide one foot forward until your feet are shoulder-width apart. Tilt your back foot slight outwards so that the toes are pointing out. Square your shoulder in the same direction where your toes are pointing. Make sure that the weight is evenly distributed in your torso. Make sure that your posture is straight and your shoulders relaxed. Recumbent meditation pose Recumbent pose is less known to beginners but it can be useful if you find it more comfortable to lie on your back. Place a pillow under your knees and bend them slightly. You can place your hands on your chest with your palms facing down. Place your tongue at the

roof of your mouth. Slightly tuck your chin towards the body. Chakra meditation Chakra meditation is visualizing the chi energy in the major chakras areas in the body- third eye, midsection and the Field of elixir which is located three inches below the belly button. Choose a meditation pose that you are most comfortable with. Next, choose a chakra point where you want to focus your meditation on. The third eye Generating chi in the third eye is very challenging so it is better to practice it during the final stages of your meditation. To focus on the third eye, close your eyes and let your eyeballs roll up. You should feel intense pressure as your Eyes begin to open. Opening your third eye can help you develop psychic abilities and awareness. Beware that there are side effects of attempting to open your third eye when you are not yet ready. Your Eye may not open and you might experience disappointment or your chi becomes too overwhelming that you become insane. It is highly suggested that you only try to practice this meditation with the guidance of someone who has more experience. The heart chakra The heart chakra controls emotions. Generating chi from this area will make you feel intense but you should not feel any pain, pressure or heat. Field of Elixir His is where the primordial energy is stored. This is a limited amount of energy that each person is born with. Once this energy is depleted, the person dies. This is why many people concentrate on this area to promote longevity and slow down the energy depletion. This area of meditation is more appropriate for beginners. You can also massage the area that you want to meditate on to generate external heat which can help you in your meditation. After this, you can use breathing techniques while visualizing large amount of chi. Once you feel heat on the area you are focusing on, you know that you have achieved your goal.

Chapter 8: Feng Shui: Tai Chi For Environment Feng Shui can be described as the art of arranging furniture and placing buildings in a certain landscape to harmonize the relationship of people and their environment. People who practice feng shui use building materials to balance yin and yang elements. It is believed that the arrangement of the building can protect and improve the living condition of the residents. In a sense, tai chi is for the body while feng shui is for the environment. Chi is affected by time One underlying aspect of feng shui is that it is never stagnant. It is constantly dynamic and always undergoes change and transformation. Time is always considered in balancing the chi in any space. Space should always be seen like a tai chi symbol, which is the yin and yang. Tai Chi expresses Yin and Yang Chi energy is usually expressed in tai chi symbol which is a circle with black and white embryonic symbols. Yin represents stillness and yang symbolizes movement. As soon as there is movement, the limits of the Universe are manifested. This is expressed in six different energies which interact with the five elements. Feng shui bases its practice from how these different energies interact. Small Tai Chi and Big Tai Chi Remember that the practitioner can define the limit of the space. You can feng shui an entire house or focus on a single room. This is the brings the concept of the small and big Tai Chi. The house is considered as the big Tai Chi while the room is the small Tai Chi. Understanding this concept makes it easier for you to apply feng shui on your environment. For example, if you are trying to activate the SW corner of your house to enhance romance luck but you cannot do so because of the irregular shape, you can choose a frequently used room like the living room and locate the SW corner. This

allows you to activate a small corner in your living room and have the same benefits.

Chapter 9: Tai Chi Energy And Kundalini Chi and Kundalini are terms used to describe a force of energy in the body. The concept of Chi originated in Ancient China while kundalini emerged from Hindu yogic practice. People who practice Tai Chi learn how to direct their chi while people who work with kundalini may experience a journey before reaping any benefits. Chi Energy Chi has the same Chinese character for human vitality. It is also conceptualized as breath or a human bio-magnetic field. Chi is regarded as an important aspect of physical health. Kundalini Energy Kundalini is often depicted as a coiled snake that is located at the spine. It can stay dormant for a person’s entire lifetime but it can also be awakened through constant meditation or even trauma. Kundalini can feel intense and may trigger uncontrollable movements. It can frighten practitioners but it rarely causes pain. A burst of kundalini energy can last as long as 20 minutes. Protecting your chi In Tai Chi, practitioners use several methods to harness and protect their chi. People learn to cleanse their chi through relaxation and meditation. Next, they learn to circulate it through their body or energy pathways through different poses and exercises. Tai Chi masters can project their chi outwards and can even direct it towards other people, like making them fall without touching them. The kundalini process Practitioners say that awakening your kundalini is like wiring your body from 110 to 220 volts without using adapter. People experience an urge of energy which may initially cause emotional distress and mood swings. Kundalini uncoils and rises up in the spine while passing through the chakra

centers in the body. It eventually exits at the crown chakra on your head. This process can result to a feeling of connection to the entire universe.

Chapter 10: Importance Of Mindfulness In Tai Chi Most Tai Chi masters emphasize the importance of mindfulness during Tai Chi sessions. Mindfulness can be described as being aware of the present moment and paying attention to what you are doing and the environment that you are in. Tai Chi practitioners are also taught to be mindful about all the parts of their body and see it as whole and not just as different isolated parts. Mindful awareness is not exclusive to Tai Chi alone, other practices like meditation, yoga and praying also put emphasis on the importance of mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment without providing any bias and judgment. Studies show that when people repeatedly practice mindfulness, the brain is activated in the process. This affects how the brain responds to different experiences. There are also several studies that show the effectiveness of practicing mindfulness during health-promoting activities like Tai Chi. Left shift in the brain It has been noted that there is a left shift on the left frontal activity of the brain after mindfulness training. This is said to reflect the cultivation of ‘approach state’ where your mind tries to challenge an external or internal thought, memory or feeling. This enables people to be more resilient. Improvement in immune function It is not only the mind that becomes resilient but also the body as well. It has been observed that being mindful increases the body’s ability to fight infection. A study at the University of California found that mindfulness improved the immune function of people with HIV. Increase the sense of stability and clarity Studies in UCLA Research Center show that people with attention problems improved their condition drastically by using mindfulness

meditation. There has also been significant improvement in attention regulation for people who practiced mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has also been associated with the improvement of many mental health issues like obsessive compulsive disorder and drug addiction. It is also drastically reduces the risk of relapse in patients. The patients became more aware of their thoughts and were able to distinguish unhealthy thoughts and destructive emotions. Finally, people who have been practicing mindfulness and incorporating it to their daily regimen have noticed a great improvement in their ability to empathize with others and feel less stressed.

Conclusion Thank you again for purchasing this book on Tai Chi! I am extremely excited to pass this information along to you, and I am so happy that you now have read and can hopefully implement these strategies going forward. I hope this book was able to help you understand the concepts of Tai Chi and how to incorporate it in your life. The next step is to get started using this information and to hopefully live a long and active life! Please don't be someone who just reads this information and doesn't apply it, the strategies in this book will only benefit you if you use them! If you know of anyone else that could benefit from the information presented here please inform them of this book. Finally, if you enjoyed this book and feel it has added value to your life in any way, please take the time to share your thoughts and post a review on Amazon. It’d be greatly appreciated! Thank you and good luck!

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Introduction I want to thank you and congratulate you for purchasing the book, “The Ultimate Spirituality Guide! Understand Spirituality And Spiritual Growth: Gain Peace Of Mind Using Mindfulness Meditation, Emotional Intelligence And Other Awareness Techniques”. This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to be mindful and how you can nurture your spiritual growth. Living a spiritual life can help your be free from unhealthy attachments. It can be easy to get caught up with the erratic flow of the external world. Most of the time, people are concerned about the past or the future that they forget to experience the present moment. Once you decide to nurture your spiritual growth, being mindful about everything in life can come naturally. Your psychological health and emotional intelligence influence how you deal with life’s conditions and how you handle relationships in your life. People can accumulate a lot of pain and regret from the past or hide secret desires and resentment. All of the emotions that settle inside you can prevent you from connecting with your spiritual side. The spiritual path is a lifelong journey and spiritual transformation does not happen overnight. There are a lot of things that you can do to enhance your spirituality like meditation and being mindful. As you will learn in this book, meditation enables you to see situations and problems with clarity without providing any judgment or criticism. Practicing mindfulness can help you appreciate the seemingly mundane things in life and help you have an attitude for gratitude. Meditating few minutes a day and reminding yourself to be mindful can greatly help you live a more peaceful and happy life. Start your journey towards spirituality with meditation and the other techniques shares with you in this book. Thanks again for purchasing this book, I hope you enjoy it!

Chapter 1: What Does Spirituality Mean? Why Is It Important? Spirituality can be defined as the desire to grow your personal relationship with God or nature. Spirituality is a vision of life for a person. It is not simply composed of beliefs that stay in the head, but rather it gives direction to your ideas and actions. Developing spirituality is also an ongoing endeavor where you nurture it and practice it for your entire lifetime. Spirituality is oftentimes confused with religion. All religion put emphasis on spirituality as part of their practice but it is possible to be spiritual without being part of a particular religion. Spirituality is more of a personal relationship with God and the desire to make that connection deeper and more developed. Importance of Spirituality The benefits of spirituality extend beyond emotional satisfaction. There is a growing body of evidence that also proves that it can be associated with better emotional intelligence and better health. Contemplative practice is good for people Contemplative practices are activities that direct your focus to a specific sensation or concept. The practice can also focus in an inward reflection. Many traditions all over the world use these practices to increase their empathy, compassion as well as to have a peace of mind. Examples of contemplative practices: Prayer. Prayer can give a person a feeling of hope, gratitude, and compassion. While there are many types of prayer, all are rooted in a belief that there is a higher power that can influence your life. This belief provides a sense of comfort during difficult times. Journaling. Writing your thoughts is a way for you to understand your inner self. Studies show that journaling while experiencing difficult

times can help you through life’s challenges, making you more resilient to obstacles. Meditation. Meditation can induce calmness and concentration. Richard Davidson’s research shows that meditation can increase the brain’s gray matter density. This can increase pain tolerance and enhance your immune system. Yoga. Yoga is an old practice that aims to create a union between the body and mind through postures and breathing expansions. Yoga can reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. Spirituality can help you make healthier choices Following a spiritual principle can also have a health benefit since it usually promotes treating the body with respect and avoiding unhealthy behaviors. Research shows that people who are adhering to their spiritual guidance are less likely to commit a crime or be involved with vices. Helps with mental health problems Spirituality can help people deal with mental illness and can help a person feel less lonely. Spirituality also gives people mental resilience and enable people to make sense of what they are experiencing. Teaches people how to forgive Learning how to forgive enables you to move forward in your life. Whether it is learning to forgive other people or yourself, research shows that forgiveness has numerous health benefits like reduced blood pressure, longer lifespan, and improved cardiovascular health. Enables you to understand yourself better Being spiritual enables you to understand yourself better. Some people are able to connect with their inner self through prayer or meditation while others find it in nature or even music. Understanding yourself helps you make sense of your feelings and understand the root cause of your problems. Find the best things in life Spirituality helps you appreciate the good things in your life. You can’t appreciate anything if you are stressed or angry. Setting aside few minutes

to hear the sounds, smell the scents, or see the colors around you can help you get away from stress for few minutes.

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