For so many of those among us, living is defined by a struggle to stay alive. Things such as illness that we never asked for, or consequences of actions (our own or those of others) that jeopardize our health. Drugs, guns, food, fast cars, whatever. Furthermore, as we age, it seems that’s the definition of… Continue reading Tai chi and staying alive
Being good at what you do for a living, or even the best, doesn’t make you good at everything else in life. Too Bad. Would be nice if it did.
I've been immersed in writing a book for a few months this spring, which explains my lack of posting. It's published now and I hope to renew my blogging. "At its core tai chi is a practice, a routine activity that you engage in, in order to improve and maintain specific kinds of movement for… Continue reading New book offers novices and beyond activities, concepts for practicing tai chi
Tai chi is a tool for adapting to changing conditions. Change prevails wherever you look. The weather changes. The wind blows, doesn't blow, blows hard, then is a breeze. The temperature is hot, cool, cold. It's raining or it's dry. Grass is green and moist, or brown and maybe tinder dry. A tree never stops… Continue reading Adapt to change with tai chi
I have to remind myself often of this. If I don't, my conviction wavers. Pure heart, Clear mind, Strong body, Free spirit.
I tend not to feel good unless my body feels healthy and strong. My mental health is influenced by my physical health. It goes both ways, of course. People seek out feeling good through artificial means, such as drugs, pain killers, mind altering chemicals, and other forms of mediated reality. But they don't usually give… Continue reading Mind-body health goes both ways
Do you know what is so special about internal movement arts? Control. Mind control specifically. That's where it begins. You focus your attention on a focal point in the body, initiate movement in certain directions and shapes, then sustain that focus. Control the mind and the body follows. Control doesn't mean just to hold some… Continue reading A special key to internal movement