Greeting the sunrise, WTCQD Day, Branscombe
Tomorrow is World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day (WTCQD).
The idea is a simple one. At 10am local time, tai chi players across the globe will be doing their tai chi thing; in parks, beaches, woods, shopping malls, mountain tops, schools, gardens, offices, wherever! Starting in New Zealand it sends a tidal wave of positive, healing energy around our world and to all people.
In 2015, over 80 countries joined in. Expectations for this year are even higher.
I’ve celebrated this day once on Exeter’s Cathedral Green, where 50 or so players from different tai chi schools played together, and some bloke on a bike memorably rode by, shouting “weirdos!”. I remember laughing and thinking, “actually he was the odd one out!”
My favourite WTCQD venue remains up on the clifftop where we welcomed the sunrise over the sea at Branscombe beach.
You don’t need to be in an organised event. Wherever you are, and even if you’ve never taken a class, you can join in. At 10am, just stop and be still. Standing upright, comfortable and relaxed, feel the connection beneath your feet into the earth, and from the top of your head up to the cosmos. Take a few slow, deep breaths in and out, think good thoughts. Feel connected to your earth, your cosmos. Be part of that tidal wave of healing energy.
One World, One Breath.
And if you feel like you want more than a few minutes at 10am, join us in the Mallorcan hills, 8-15th of October, for a week of tai chi, therapies, walks and sunshine.