These unprecedented times…

This year, 2020, has so far proved to be an unprecedented year for all of us, not only in Melbourne, but essentially in every corner of the globe. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has to a great extent changed the way we have lived our lives. We used to express love through social interaction, but now we show it through social distancing! It is for this reason that our college had announced the suspension of all our classes and events on 19 March 2020, even before the government announced the current lockdown.

This present situation has in a way caused us to realise that we have taken many things for granted, such as to move about freely and to do what we like freely. Many of you have expressed to us that you missed your regular Tai Chi lessons in the class. Yes, indeed, the ability to attend regular Tai Chi & Qigong lessons in our classes and the opportunity to interact with one another in such a relaxing environment is also something that we have taken for granted. We all certainly look forward to a time when we can rejoin our respective classes to enjoy doing Tai Chi together. I do hope that when that time comes, you will all be back to your classes and with even greater enthusiasm and appreciation for what you can do – practise Tai Chi with one another again.

At the time of my writing, more than 2 million people across the world have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 100,000 people have lost their lives. This is in addition to the thousands of people whose livelihood has been severely and adversely impacted. This is indeed heartbreaking and our hearts go out to all those who are grieving and suffering. We all must continue to do what we can to slow the spread of this virus. Stay at home and practise social distancing!

In addition to helping slow the spread of the virus, it is also important to realise that, at this point, the only way to fight against this virus, if one is infected, is to boost our own immune system – the ability of our body to fight against this virus. One of the articles about advising on how to cope with this pandemic, published by the Department of Health & Human Services, encourages people to eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. How true this is. Eating well gives you the nutrients to build your body, sleeping well enables your body to repair itself, and exercising regularly, especially doing Tai Chi and Qigong, gives you the energy and Qi to rejuvenate yourself. In view of this, I urge you to continue your Tai Chi and Qigong exercises regularly. The college website has video clips on all six levels of our Celestial Tai Chi routines, both front and back views. In addition, we have added several video clips on various exercises and Qigong routines that you can use to enhance your regular practice and exercise.

In closing, let me say that we owe this to our own selves and to our families to stay well and keep healthy especially during this time. Keep up your Tai Chi & Qigong exercise and we shall meet up again.

Senior Master Chin Min Lian

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Updated 19 April 2020