Tai chi exercises inspire career change
Monday, 23 January 2012
Author Douglas Noll is 61 years old and has lived a full and varied life. He spent 22 years of his professional career as a lawyer before deciding that litigation was not the best way to settle disputes. This realization was partly inspired by tai chi exercises, according to an interview with the Santa Barbara Independent.
"Tai chi has two paradoxes: The first is that the softer you are, the stronger you are, and the second one is that the more vulnerable you are, the more powerful you are," Noll told the interviewer. This philosophy compelled him to reevaluate his career choice before he decided to earn his master's degree in peacemaking from a Mennonite school. He now works as a professional mediator.
While studying conflicts such as talks at Camp David and debates about climate change, Noll realized that many, even most, wars throughout history had inevitably ended in peace negotiations. He said that such resolution should be attempted before casualties fall, and a mediator can help opponents see through the emotions that cloud their reason in order to deal with polarization, according to the news source.
It's no wonder that Noll derived so much inspiration from the energy healing meditation of tai chi. Historical accounts recall that the practitioner who helped found this regimen placed an emphasis on meditation and internal force rather than external force, which was the focus of other martial arts, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.