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Tai Chi philosophical trekking

Navigating a philosophical trek into the fascinating world of tai chi.

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A note on “change” in tai chi

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

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A view of the mindful movement of tai chi

For many practitioners tai chi is the ultimate meditative movement, because it involves all levels of our total being. You immerse your whole being completely in the moment, and in return it feeds back regenerative power.

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Wu Chi, a Tai Chi Reminder

Be in wu chi (wuqi) in stillness and in motion. It is the center around which everything moves. It is the beginning and the end of movement where taiji becomes yin and yang. It is that part of us that is aware of everything even while our surface minds have forgotten its existence. It is replicated in… Continue reading Wu Chi, a Tai Chi Reminder

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Standing in Wuchi

Stand in wuchi: sincere and patient, but not neglectful. Stable and rooted, yet agile and poised. Stand in wuchi, the sky comes down to you, the earth rises up within you. Stand in wuchi in movement, the stillness is yin, the conscious center. Zhan Zhuang, or post standing, or Yiquan are similar. Even when you… Continue reading Standing in Wuchi

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Resistance in Tai Chi

Tai chi is about changing the way you are accustomed to moving. People often work against themselves in tai chi. They provide their own resistance to their attempts to change how they move. You can describe how this is manifested in the physical movements. Though it sounds trite and cliché, we yin when we should… Continue reading Resistance in Tai Chi

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Get in touch with your own sense of self with taiji

Physical qi reacts to psychic or mental energy. If we resonate with what we are doing we are energized by it. We may suffer from fatigue, but we don’t know where it comes from. We sleep relatively well, we eat well, or so it seems, yet we are tired early in the day. We are… Continue reading Get in touch with your own sense of self with taiji