Thursday was a happy day, despite the Blogspot troubles. I love Thursdays because barring any rain, we have tai-chi in Mililani. Master Pong teaches classes for free because he believes in passing on his knowledge for health, fitness and peace with love instead of for gain.
After days of rain, the weather brightened for us. I noticed that other trees were in bloom besides the African tulips.
These trees were a bouquet of pinkish trumpet blooms.
This is the park where we practice and learn tai-chi and do our chi-gung exercises. We've tried tai-chi in Chicago and near our home here in Hawaii. It's been nice, but we ended up quitting because we often go on trips and return to find we have too much difficulty catching up.
We love being outdoors for our lessons. You can somehow feel the chi (energy) more when you're outside under the trees looking up into the skies. There's a sense of peace and happiness that can't be duplicated if you're inside a building staring at walls.
Master Pong was having his 85th birthday and a bunch of students gathered together at a restaurant to celebrate this most wonderful day with our teacher.
I know you're looking at the food. Yes, there was lots of it. Again. I was careful to just take a little bite of each dish. I know Art is smiling with an eyebrow raised as he reads this.
Master Pong teaches several classes throughout the week (with a long waiting list) without accepting any financial compensation. He says he used to be a sickly child until his adulthood when he took up tai-chi. Looking at the strength and vitality of this man, I believe in his lessons. Now, if only I could remember to practice everyday.