Use what you need. Rest what you don’t. We are familiar with this concept and practice when it comes to our environment. We know about best practices when it comes to conserving, recycling, and reusing. We hopefully do our best to participate. Even if we aren’t involved as much as we’d like to, we understand the concepts and know how to get started. It’s wild that the same principles apply to how we are in our bodies and minds but they are much more foreign to us. We are so used to accepting stress as a sign of success. We strain and struggle our thinking and force and push our bodies. We break down, burn out, and we accept it as part of life. The reality is we work quite differently. Graceful, efficient movement accomplishes much more than force, whether the challenge is simple or complex. Clear, open thinking leads to more possibilities than strain, no matter the problem. Improving starts with having a good look at our bad habits and being ready for change.


We all have some funky habits and body positions that we fall into, most of which we aren’t even aware of. When I get excited about something, I know I tend to hold my arms and hands out and use big, exaggerated gestures. I’m not necessarily going to injure my- self with my overly excited hands, but this way of moving builds tension and takes away from whole-self harmony. Tai chi describes alignment as moving in harmony with your whole self every moment along the way. Any action that isn’t necessary to complete a movement essentially blocks chi. I don’t want to have blocked chi, so I practice relaxing my hands when I’m excited. I feel better and more relaxed, and find it easier to communicate when I’m relaxed as opposed to when I’m doing my tense-handed habit. I call this extra-hand-motion habit of mine “double doing,” because I’m emotionally excited and worked up in my mind, and I “double” that with my body. Many of us do the same thing. When we are excited, we show excitement with our physical gestures. Likewise, when we are frustrated or tense, we double this with our physical gestures. Similarly, double doing can occur when we are exercising—we clench our muscles instead of

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By: Tara Stiles
Title: Stop “Double Doing”
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Published Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:29:36 +0000

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