It was good to hear your voice today. I like what you brought to the table about the NY Times opportunity to tell what we are doing to get through.
I jotted down these words and phrases from Marsha, Andrew, Jim and others to share with students in my weekly email check in:
“One thousand Taoist Tai Chi participants band together each Saturday morning on Zoom to chant; staying together while staying apart, shifting minds from doom and gloom to a place of stillness and hope.”
We all face a degree of doom and gloom that Marsha mentioned. I want to share a bit of mine…. as an example of where some of us come from.
I hadn’t even begun to process recent events before signing in for chanting this morning. I learned that my daughter’s mother in law died from Covid 19 yesterday. Sadness for my son in law and his family consumed me. This news came on the same day that I met with neighbors who, like me, realize that a teenager across the street from my house is dealing drugs when his mom is away. The four of us had independently contacted the sheriffs office and wanted to brainstorm about what to do next. Long story short one person googled and found the teen’s landlord who was grateful to be informed – their lease is up at the end of May and he is working to get them out sooner. But lingering feelings of having my home sanctuary invaded and threatened with yet more than virus weighs heavy. I had just taken care 4 year old granddaughter for two days (my son is a firefighter and his wife essential as well). Being part time caregiver is a joy but also very draining dealing with our combined stresses.
I’m sure that some came to chanting today with a heavier heart than mine. So I want to say, YES! to additional chanting sessions that have powerful healing and comforting properties.
Staying together apart changed my focus through the familiar sounds and predictability moving my mind and body away from the negative. The amazing and surprising joys and healing qualities of our tai chi is boundless.
Please pass along to our FLK leaders how much I appreciate getting together with them and recognize the huge effort so many are making to bring chanting and fellow Tai Chiers into my home.