Watching that other hand

At Tai Chi practice this morning I had an insight. We were practicing Push Hands with focus on martial arts applications. At some point I suddenly realized that I get so absorbed fending off the opponent’s pushing hand, that I completely ignore what is going with his other arm. This leave me wide open for a surprise attack from the other direction.

I later reflected that so in life: we sometimes get so absorb in one aspect of our current state, good or bad, that we become oblivious to whatever else is going on. We can be crying over spilled milk while our house is getting flooded, or rejoice having won a $5 lottery ticket, getting overly excited, thus missing an invitation to accept our dream job.

Indeed, the practice of Tai Chi and Push Hands seem to carry plenty of life lessons.

Learned from: Push Hand practice.


About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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2 Responses to Watching that other hand

  1. T. D. Davis says:

    Absolutely true! I was doing a sparring drill with my daughter this afternoon and she kept paying too much attention to just one hand. I told her you have to try to keep an eye on everything – and same is true for life. I love martial arts! It teaches us so much.

  2. Yael Divon says:

    Nicely written and very simply to the point which is not your usual style and is refreshingly welcoming J thanks for the insight


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