On the last Saturday of April each year people all over the world come together to promote spiritual awakening, global peace and cooperation, and mind-body practices that can save the world trillions of dollars in saved healthcare costs.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day was originally founded as a way to hold mass Tai Chi and Qigong exhibitions and teach-ins to gain global media attention for the science around mind-body practices. It was founded out of a frustration that mass media was not giving mind-body practices the attention they deserved, but has evolved into a global event that expands awakening consciousness to the connection of humanity, and to the science showing mind-body practices can change the world in huge ways.

The motto of this event held annually in 100s of cities in over 80 nations is "One World … One Breath."

At the official homepage, www.worldtaichiday.org, the event organizers provide medical science showing that Tai Chi and Qigong, if expanded into society at all levels: public education; healthcare; senior care; and corporate wellness … could save global society trillions of dollars in saved health costs. Thereby providing funding to tackle the issues facing humanity, for example it would only take $30 billion per year to end global starvation.

However, these mind-body practices also profoundly affect human consciousness as proven by emerging scientific research. Mind-Body practices can not only treat depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, etc., but actually change the human brain and human consciousness.

Science has found that meditation, for example, actually increases the size of the human brain (Tai Chi), and meditation increases the size of the empathy/compassion part of the brain, while reducing the size of the stress/fear part of the brain.

Teaching mind-body tools in public education worldwide, could reduce violence, and also war, since wars start by fear in the human mind which pushes nations to foment violence against other nations.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events are held worldwide in nations such as Iran, Israel, Russia, USA, Venezuela, etc.

For 20 years these events have been held worldwide, and have garnered media attention in nations globally, including coverage by: CNN, FOX News, BBC, Associated Press Television, Agence France Presse TV, and by national media from Israel to Egypt to Brazil.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been officially proclaimed by governors of 22 US States; by legislatures and Senates including: California, New York, Brazil, and by health ministries and government offices in many nations.

Tai Chi is rooted in Taoist philosophy, which states that global peace depends on peace and calm in the human mind. By celebrating and education on mind-body practices that promote calm and peace in the human mind, we usher in a vision of possibility for the entire world.

If Russians and Americans can play Tai Chi together, and Israelis and Iranians can play Tai Chi together, what else in possible?

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day puts a human face on the people worldwide that mainstream media often dehumanizes and demonizes in their news reports.

Events are held worldwide each year, and are free and open to the public. You do not need to know Tai Chi to participate, most events offer teach-ins to enable anyone to participate in this global wave of Tai Chi and Qigong.

Author's Bio: 

Bill Douglas is the Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, and was the 2009 Inductee to the World Internal Arts Hall of Fame in New York. Bill is the author of a best-selling Tai Chi book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi & Qigong," and is the author of "The Tao of Tai Chi: The Making of a New Science." Bill has been a Tai Chi source for media worldwide, including China's Xinhua News Agency, The New York Times, BBC World Radio, and The South China Morning Post.