Central equilibrium. This is the Chinese word I know it as—Zhong Ding. I assume readers are familiar with it. I came to understand that central equilibrium is more than alignment. Alignment has a linear quality that we can become aware of in our bodies. It is two-dimensional, a line between two points. Equilibrium, which we… Continue reading Zhong Ding
People perceive quiet for being still, but this is not the only way to understand "quiet." Trying to hold still creates "quiet-but-not-moving," which is only one kind of quiet. It can lead to tension and clenching, pain, poor balance, especially in beginners. That kind of tension can't be held long. "Quiet-in-movement" offers an alternative worth… Continue reading Tai chi and “quiet mind”
George Xu told a story a few times about visiting his aging teacher in hopes of obtaining "secrets" from him. But his teacher never told him anything. Master Xu visited him often hoping for some insight, but his teacher passed away before he ever did. After he died he asked his teacher's wife what he… Continue reading A tale of a taiji student seeking secrets
Navigating a philosophical trek into the fascinating world of tai chi.
Doing tai chi is like sweeping a dusty floor. You don't want to miss any spots.
Tai chi doesn’t have to be something you schedule to do. With a little knowledge you can practice a simple technique anywhere, anytime. Here’s one idea. Standing in Wuji . . . . or Being Like a Mountain One way to begin tai chi is simply by standing. For example, Wuji is the first posture… Continue reading A tai chi tip: Doing tai chi anywhere, anytime