Tai Chi in the Modern World- The Nervous and Inactive Lifestyle

Reading:

The Industrial Revolution continues today. Modern society has been highly organized and inundated with sophisticated machines. But the quality of life in our modern society is mechanical, aggressive, tense polluted and unhealthy. We use our nerves and brains in the struggle to survive, not our muscles and bodies. For many people in industrial society the fight to survive is not primarily a struggle for sufficient bread to eat. Rather, we are fighting to survive emotionally and ideologically.

In general we live sedentary lives with excessive nervous tension and too little physical movement. Our bodies are in need of exercise and our minds are in need of peace and rest. Tai Chi provides a counterpoise to the agitation and sedentariness of modern society.


Close Reading:

Level 1: Paraphrasing-

State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.

We continue to change from modern industrialization. Personal survival requires more than food, shelter, and clothing. Technology controls our lives to the point where we have become competitive robots. We burn out and neglect our physical well being. We deny our emotions.

When we do not exercise our minds and bodies, we become lazy and anxious. Practice Tai Chi to exercise your body, and quiet your mind.


Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    1. Tai Chi transforms your body and quiets your mind
  2. In other words….
    1. You will begin to know and feel peace through the practice of Tai Chi.
  3. For example…
    1. The gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi can be seen as moving meditation.

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