Article: “The Millennial Obsession With Self-Care”

from NPR.com by Christianna Silva The content of this report resonates with the growth of millennials who do tai chi. I think, however, that they are not finding tai chi as easily as I wish they would. The article stresses the role of the internet in promoting self-care among millennials, though self-care has been around forever. Tai chi is ultimately self-care that contrast with the consumer approach to self-care mentioned in the Read More …

A emotion word dictionary

This is about emotion words for which no English equivalent exists. I like this quote from Dr. Lomas who has been researching these cool words and has built a “dictionary” of 1,000 words from all around the world and from diverse cultures. …especcially the final sentence, which reminds me of tai chi learning. “In our stream of consciousness – that wash of different sensations feelings and emotions – there’s so much to Read More …

Knowing what you want to do in tai chi practice and doing it

One key to reaping the greatest benefits from tai chi is to develop a home practice. Practice is something you do regularly, which offers opportunities to refine and discover new things as you learn. I recently suggested working on releasing tension and not to clench or tighten joints, tendons and ligaments, as well as muscle, when moving. This may sound like a rule to apply to all of your efforts, but it’s Read More …

Tai chi as a practice to train the mind

Renown Zen master DT Suzuki writes in the introduction to the little book entitled Zen in the Art of Archery that describes something that I’ve discovered about tai chi. He writes that a significant feature of the practice of archery is not “… for utilitarian purposes only or for purely aesthetic enjoyments, but … meant to train the mind; indeed, to bring it into contact with the ultimate reality.” This is la Read More …

Tai chi is … finding your own inner silence

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. You must shut off something within yourself to go there. When you do all, the pressures of the daily world lose their significance.   I was reminded by this when I discovered this article at Thrive Global.  

Learning tai chi is like learning a language

It seems so obvious Tai chi is like language Learning it is like learning to speak in a new idiom Like music It’s like learning to play an instrument Your body is the instrument It’s not an unknown language, because you use your senses to learn. You listen, see, feel, touch, engaging the whole being

The Sea Within

The film, Inn Saei, is a fascinating peek into intuition, something that seems to live in the back of my mind almost all the time. As one of the interviewees (Malidoma Some) in the film says, “Intuition is … The stuff we are not aware of that lies just outside of our consciousness.” This describes exactly what the practice of taijiquan tries to get us in touch with. Inn Saei means “the Read More …