I'm just an ordinary person studying Tao/Taoism and Tai Chi

with the aim to apply my learnings to our modern world. 

Here are some of my comments/thoughts from my journey so far.  

 

2024-07-1111:52
Here is a summary of the Tai Chi principles I have covered through my recent posts over the last....
Here is a summary of the Tai Chi principles I have covered through my recent posts over the last few weeks.
http://livingthedao.com/tai-chi/tai-chi-principles
#taichi #taichiprinciples
2024-07-0908:49
The mind is the leader and the body is at its command. With tranquility of the mind the movement....
The mind is the leader and the body is at its command. With tranquility of the mind the movements will be gentle and graceful. The mind should see what the body is trying to achieve. Perfection is achieved when the two are unified and harmonized into a complete whole.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #internalexternalcoordination
2024-07-0708:38
The 5 BowsWhen an archer is drawing a bow, the energy stored in the bow is potential energy. Thi....
The 5 Bows
When an archer is drawing a bow, the energy stored in the bow is potential energy. This potential energy gets released when the archer is releasing the bow.
During tai chi this potential energy(jin) gets created and stored within the body. Instead of considering the body as one bow, 5 separate bows were identified within the body. Each arm and leg was identified as a bow as well as the curvature of the spine. The combined power of those bows are greater than any individual one. Hence each limb of the body and the spine is playing an important part of the creation of the potential energy when practicing tai chi.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #5bows
2024-07-0412:15
In Tai Chi Chuan we use stillness to control movement, even though we are moving, there is still....
In Tai Chi Chuan we use stillness to control movement, even though we are moving, there is still stillness. It is good to practice your form slowly, with calmness and awareness. If it is slow, the inhalation and exhalation are long and deep and the ch’i sinks to the tan-t’ien. This has a soothing effect on the body and mind. There is no elevation of pulse or breathing rate. In Tai Chi Chuan we seek stillness in movement. Tai Chi is known as moving meditation.
#taichi #taichiprincipals #seekstillnessinmovement
2024-06-3009:09
The T’ai Chi Ch’uan Classics say that the practitioner should use i (the mind) and not li (f....
The T’ai Chi Ch’uan Classics say that the practitioner should use i (the mind) and not li (force). During practice the body needs to be fully relaxed without any force remaining in the body to tie yourself up. This way you are agile and can easily adapt to change. You are able to turn freely and easily.
The Chi in your body needs to flow to all parts like water in nature. If you use i (the mind) not li (force), then the i (mind) can go to places (in the body) and the ch’i follows it. Ch’i is following your mind and the blood circulation is following your ch’i. With your mind you can circulate the ch’i and the blood in your body.
Always remember the T’ai Chi Ch’uan Classics also say, “when you are extremely soft, then you become extremely hard and strong.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #useyou Read More
2024-06-2712:00
For me this one was and still is a challenge. I had to work very hard to get this right.The shou....
For me this one was and still is a challenge. I had to work very hard to get this right.
The shoulders need to be completely relaxed and open. If you cannot relax/sink them, then the shoulders will be raised up and tense. The Chi will follow them when raised and create an imbalance.
To be able to relax the shoulders you need to drop the elbows. If the elbows are raised then the shoulders are not able to sink.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #sinkyourshoulders #dropyourelbows
2024-06-2408:59
The waist is the central point of the whole body and hence commands/initiates all movements. If ....
The waist is the central point of the whole body and hence commands/initiates all movements. If you are able to relax the waist, then the two legs will have power and the lower part will be firm and stable. Remember that the source of the tai chi postures lies in the waist.
#taichi #taichiprincipal

 

 

 


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