Ten years of tai chi blogging

This is the tenth year of blogging about taijiquan and its mysteries. Nearly 400 posts read by readers in 74 countries. Amazing. The first post on December 5, 2011 was entitled “What is Tai Chi?” Of course, tai chi is many things to many people and articulating that from the perspective of my experience has been an engaging practice. I almost quit, but I haven’t. The urge to write just happens. Like with tai chi, through the mind clutter comes insight. Like tai chi, writing extends awareness beyond self and allows you to reap knowledge sowed by efforts to learn.

By practicing taijiquan, if you wish to exceed limitations, you learn to eschew cliché and convention. Similarly, word-crafting helps to clarify the view and helps others discover and organize their own views. In my case, taijiquan and qigong have been the focal point; but it could also be other forms, such as yoga, dance, and athletics, like running, skiing, swimming, bicycling, and so on.

When you’re at your best, you’re in nearly perfect yin and yang balance, the essential dynamic of taijiquan. Without perceiving these two points of taiji, you’re wouldn’t quite be doing taiji—the supreme ultimate expression of anything. In my mind, the greatest yogi is doing taiji—expressing the ultimate expression, manifesting it, giving it form and substance. As is the most masterful practitioner of internal martial arts that originated in China.

Five years ago, I shared an invocation, which I revised and share again here.

In your practice, you have to be ready to see
something you’ve never seen before,
to do something you’ve never done before,
to feel something you’ve never felt before,
to not get too surprised or overwhelmed
by whatever may knock you off your course,
or cause you to lose the concentration
that got you where you are. You have to be
ready for what you want; what you do this for.

5 thoughts on “Ten years of tai chi blogging”

  1. I have to remind myself that while the why is important, my attention on the how of practice is much more practical. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. well I can empathise so much with your thoughts, about why blog, why practise, why continue… I loved your inspirational invocation — it landed really well for me today! thank you for sharing your insights — I hope you continue happily into another year. Here’s to a less lonely journey (cliche and all!)

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  3. So good to read your remarks. It helps to see my motivation and methods more clearly. I describe taijiquan based on what I can discern through my practice and what I interpret from my teachers’ lessons. That’s the “what is tai chi” question. I also argue for tai chi as a powerful tool for achieving many kinds of goals. Health, longevity, freedom of movement and powerful movement. I sometimes call it “sculpting the mind-body-energy connections.” Tai chi and yoga have a few similar such goals, but perhaps take different approaches to journey in their direction. They overlap, too. A couple of learners in our practice are long-time yoga practitioners, and they say occasionally, “Oh, this reminds me of a yoga posture!” Enjoyed hearing from you!

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  4. I’m so happy to have discovered your tai chi post! I find it somewhat difficult to find articles relating to tai chi. For yoga – the market is saturated! And I feel blessed in that – but your blog fills an important gap. I wish more yoga asana practitioners had the chance to study tai chi with a good teacher. It would transform their practice!

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