Yes, know yourself, but what is knowing? I like the way e.e. cummings describes it as a feeling that is as unique as the person feeling. What he says in A Poet's Advice applies well to the art of taijiquan. As George Xu says, “martial art, not martial work!” Cummings writes: "A lot of people… Continue reading Knowing yourself in tai chi: Advice from a poet
In front of Bear Creek Falls a three mile hike up from Telluride, Colorado, USA. A nice Chen style form should do the trick.
TAI CHI TIP You have to not be yourself . . . . the self you have become familiar with that you no longer want to be friends with. You like your old self, but you have to get away from it in order to become your new self as you journey towards your true… Continue reading Tai Chi Tip: Don’t be yourself
I recently wrote about how we learn to walk incorrectly as infants and that we usually have to relearn, in a way, to walk when we learn taijiquan. I found an interesting article along those lines about research that shows that our bodies have a mind of their own and the body has much more… Continue reading Mind-Body Connections: Our bodies have a mind of their own
From my tai chi perspective, young people are just as bad off as older folks in many ways. The reason why is because we all learn to move incorrectly from the very beginning. We learn to walk wrong. We learn to use our bodies in ways that expedite decrepitude. Young bodies in the teens and… Continue reading Learn tai chi young and slow the aging process