Tai chi is a practice at getting in touch with your own silence. Your inner place of peace where you're surrounded by sound-proof walls and the external world is held at bay. I was reminded by this when I discovered this article at Thrive Global: "The One Thing Your Brain Needs to Think Clearly." You must… Continue reading Tai chi is … finding your own inner silence
I do tai chi as a way to not do other things that disrupt and cause stress. Practice is a meditation through which I may understand the nature of this moving meditation. When I began taiji, I had not yet explored sitting meditation; nor even moving meditation. I viewed taiji as an exercise that I… Continue reading Taiji and Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind
Impermanence more than implies motion . . . . through time and space, through body, sensations, mind and phenomena, encountered in our particularized journeys. Our shared journey. Tai chi practice and teaching is a sacred trust, because I have chosen to depend upon this methodology for attaining better health and awareness, and perhaps, enlightenment. I… Continue reading Tai chi and a Buddhist notion
Note: I wrote the following two years ago. It's now spring 2018. We have had almost not snow since December, nor rain. We're in the midst of a severe drought, mere months after a decently wet 2016-17. I'm wondering how to accept with a quite mind and peaceful heart, knowing the impacts a drought can… Continue reading The tai chi rain dance
Tai chi is often thought of as a moving meditation performed standing and walking, but you can do it sitting, too. By meditation, I mean focusing attention on a specific point and/or activity with single-minded concentration. You'll be "active" in either case as a result of your brain's "mental activity." This is a form of… Continue reading Tai Chi as sitting meditation
Doing tai chi is like sweeping a dusty floor. You don't want to miss any spots.
In taiji (tai chi) practice, I've heard people say: “change the mind, change the body” which has a catchy sound. Sometimes, I've heard the opposite: “change the body, change the mind.” I don't think it's one or the other, rather both have relevance at different times. Sometimes it's one and sometimes it's the other. Knowing… Continue reading A note on “change” in tai chi