quinta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2014

Da Timidez.


Hoje revelo-vos um dos meus maiores segredos: sou irremediavelmente tímida. Desde muito pequena. Na escola os trabalhos de grupo, as idas ao quadro, o falar para a turma significavam sempre uma angústia contida por me ver obrigada a ser notada.
Na adolescência trocava muitas vezes saídas à noite por serões mais comedidos em que tinha por companhia apenas uma ou duas amigas com quem me sentia à vontade para conversar sobre os dramas existenciais da juventude.
Na família fui muitas vezes pressionada a trocar as minhas tardes literárias de fim de semana por eventos em grupo com gente da minha idade porque me fazia bem sociabilizar. No dia em que me anunciaram que eu iria para um campo de férias no Verão, não dormi durante uma semana a pensar que não iria ter oportunidade de ter tempo para a minha solidão.
Influenciada por uma sociedade que define a espontaneidade, a ousadia, a valorização das relações sociais e a manutenção de uma rede de contactos dinâmica como sinónimo de inteligência ou eficiência, cresci com a sensação de que a timidez é uma fraqueza. Desconfiada que foi muitas vezes a responsável por momentos de baixa auto-estima, comecei a estudar estratégias para a combater. Ou pelo menos, para a disfarçar.
Quando cheguei à idade adulta, determinada a ultrapassar este “defeito”, aprendi a camuflar esta minha tendência solitária. Adoptei a estratégia de, através de atitudes aparentemente espontâneas e extrovertidas, desviar a atenção de mim e conduzi-la para longe. E fi-lo de tal forma bem que quem me conhece dessa fase se ri quando confesso a minha timidez.
Actualmente, embora ainda não totalmente em paz com a minha falta de jeito para estabelecer relações sociais, consigo ver a timidez como uma característica e não como algo que esteja errado comigo. Aceito-a e descubro nela muitos benefícios que não teria se fosse extrovertida. Noto cada vez mais que as dinâmicas sociais acontecem exactamente porque existem tanto tímidos como pessoas que lidam bem com a exposição pública. Pessoas mais viradas para dentro e pessoas mais viradas para fora. E nenhum é pior que o outro.
Descriminar um introvertido é semelhante a uma atitude racista ou homofóbica. Não é um defeito, é uma característica. E, se a aceitarmos, os tímidos serão muito mais felizes e mais capazes de desenvolver o seu enorme potencial.

Foi por isso que ontem, quando ouvi este discurso, foi como se a oradora estivesse a falar de mim. E senti um enorme alívio. Partilho-o convosco, sobretudo com aqueles que, como eu, procuram uma forma de fazer as pazes com a timidez. (Silvia Romão - http://chegar.org/blog/)

terça-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2014

Viver em paz.


"O segredo para viver em paz com todos consiste. na arte de compreender cada um. segundo a sua individualidade."

quarta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2014

90-Year-Old Performs Tai Chi Chuan.



90-year-old Kang Youzhen is seen in this truly wonderful video performing Tai Chi Chuan. He starts his daily exercise routine by riding a bike to his practice area. Once there, this spry senior citizen then starts his workout with a set of warm-up exercises.
Once Kang Youzhen is sufficiently warmed up, he then begins to perform his set of movements of the Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, followed up with the traditional Yang Tai Chi Sword form. After he is finished his Tai Chi routines, Kang Youzhen then finishes off his daily exercise with a sitting ofmindful meditation.
Please enjoy watching Kang Youzhen going through the sequences of his exercise routine. 

quinta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2014

Presentes.


Se considerar os presentes que recebeu na vida, como algo que lhe foi dado para que zele por eles, dar-lhes-á maior valor e usá-los-á com sabedoria e generosidade.(Brahma Kumaris)

quinta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2014

This Ancient Martial Art Can Fight Disease, Calm The Mind And Slow Aging.


Americans have no difficulty adopting ancient practices into their health regimens. Take yoga, the ancient mind-body practice and contemporary fitness craze (and $27 billion industry), which continues its prominence in the mainstream -- even after decades of increasing popularity. Many forms of meditation, likewise, have been touted for stress-relieving, health-promoting benefits by prominent leaders in business, media and the arts. And then there's tai chi.
Like yoga, tai chi is a type of moving meditation -- a gentle exercise that focuses on the breath and prioritizes ease of movement-- that comes with a host of health benefits. And, like yoga, there are distinct styles and lineages of tai chi along with more modern and hybrid incarnations.
Many of the tai chi moves tell stories and involve mimicking animals -- featuring names like "Embrace the tiger and return to mountain" and "White crane spreads its wings" -- all performed with relaxed muscles and ease of movement. Through maintaining focus on the breath and physical movements, the practitioner is thought to be able to help to direct the flow of Qi, or life force, in the body.
The practice originated over 2,000 years ago in China as a martial art called T'ai chi ch'uan. It is said to have been created in the Wu Dong Mountains by a Taoist priest, who observed a white crane preying on a snake and then mimicked its actions. Today, tai chi is known as a low-impact exercise popular with older adults and practiced by over 2 million Americans each year. Harvard University has even devoted a research program to studying the health benefits of the ancient Chinese art.
"In this high-tech world that's all about speed, greed and instant gratification, tai chi is the antidote to bring us back to balanced health," Arthur Rosenfeld, tai chi master and author of Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise, told Reuters.
Here are five reasons why tai chi could very well be the "new" yoga.
It helps prevent and fight disease.

Studies have found that when used to supplement traditional forms of treatment, tai chi can help maintain bone density, reduce pain among arthritis patients, promote heart health, reduce hypertension, and improve quality of life and reduce stress for breast cancer patients, among other health benefits.
"A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age," Peter M. Wayne, Harvard Medical School professor and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program, told Harvard Health Publications.
It's as beneficial for the mind as it is for the body.
n addition to relieving stress, tai chi is also scientifically proven to help fight depression among the elderly.
In tai chi, the focus of the mind is on the breath and the physical sensations in the body, which can help to still racing thoughts and increase body awareness. These meditative aspects of the practice help to bring the practitioner many of the same cognitive benefits of traditional seated meditation, including an increased sense of awareness, calm and well-being.
Tai chi may also help to boost well-being by improving both the length and quality of practitioner's sleep. A 2008 UCLA study found that practicing tai chi chih, one particular variation of the practice, was effective in improving moderate sleep complaints among older adults. It also reduced drowisness and inability to concentrate during the day.
It can help you age gracefully.
Tai chi can help improve flexibility and promote a health range of motion in older adults, while also building muscle strength. What's more, women at risk for or suffering from osteoporosis should take note that research has found tai chi to be effective in increasing mineral bone density.
Tai chi could also be one of the most effective methods of promoting good balance and preventing falls in older adults, according to WebMD. Research from the National Institute on Aging found that tai chi reduced fear of falls and risk of falling among older adults.
It can teach you how to slow down -- and how to let go.
The term tai chi itself indicates the harmonious union of opposing forces -- and it's all about going with the flow and moving fluidly within your own physical limitations.
In tai chi, "the objective is not to over-exert or strain one's natural state, but to achieve unity with one's essential nature, thereby releasing the body's intrinsic energies," writes Simmone Kuo in Long Life, Good Health Through Tai-Chi Chuan.
It's accessible to almost anyone.
Tai chi isn't just for older folks. Yes, it's low impact, but anyone can enjoy the numerous health benefits of the practice. Even those who are in poor health can begin a tai chi practice and potentially improve their physical condition.
The practice can even be adapted for those in wheelchairs or recovering from surgery,according to Harvard Medical School experts, and it has been shown to improve balance and motor control among individuals with Parkinson's Disease.

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