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Tai Chi and the Wall of Resistance

Tai chi makes me think, causes questions to arise … it’s a mystery common somewhat early on in the learning of many who practice regularly for long enough. Feelings, thoughts, insights, and memories suddenly surface to the forefront of our awareness as we practice. Sometimes its surprisingly intense, such as when memories of experiences we… Continue reading Tai Chi and the Wall of Resistance

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Tai chi and change

To shift the attention is such a big feature of tai chi. Holding on to a view is detrimental to change. The tai chi practitioner seeks not to be, ultimately, the same person you were when you began the day's practice. Every practice session ends with you being a different person, or at least feeling… Continue reading Tai chi and change

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Tai chi is about where the move is leading from

Tai chi is not about where the move is leading to, rather it is where the move is leading from. One common expression from traditional tai chi is: "Pull the silk." Why the metaphor? In the time that this phrase came into being it made sense because pulling silk was familiar to many people in… Continue reading Tai chi is about where the move is leading from

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Self-discovery is at the core of tai chi

In tai chi (the way I practice it) you don't prove who you are. You discover who you are. Mistake: to see ourselves as a conglomerate of separate things. We are connected...our parts merge into one through meditative movement. Learning to understand this connection and eventually apply it in practice and in daily living is… Continue reading Self-discovery is at the core of tai chi

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How Tai Chi Can Help to Alleviate Allergies

Tai chi is a powerful healing art. It is medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. This is obvious if you've practiced tai chi long enough; not immediately if you're not familiar with tai chi. You have to do tai chi in order to grasp that tai chi is a powerful healing art. The body… Continue reading How Tai Chi Can Help to Alleviate Allergies