Longtime T’ai Chi Chih teacher Sharon Sirkis has been observing and sharing in The Vital Force the Lighter Side expressed by her TCC students since 1997 (?). Enjoy!

Grounding is the first thing I always do with my students at the beginning of TCC class. I often sound like a broken record as I continue to mention it during and after the class as well. One morning, I arrived late to my 9am class, as there was a bus accident and the traffic was backed up for miles. I was stressed out about being late,(I’m always early), mainly worrying about my students having to wait for me. When I finally arrived, Ruth, 75 and spry, picked up on my hurried state of mind. She said to me, “Take your time…Get yourself grounded.”  This cracked me up and definitely helped calm me down.

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One playful TCC class decided to make up their own 6 Healing Sounds.
OY!, ARG!, UGH!, EWW!, ACK!, PHEW!

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Before TCC class, I reminded everyone to turn off their phones. Many students reached into their pockets or bags and turned them off. During class, I heard a phone ring, which confused me since I thought all phones were turned off. Nataska apologized profusely as she reached into her bra and turned off her phone.

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At the last TCC class, I play “Show and Tell.” This is where I ask the student to think about the best thing they got out of the class, and then bring in an item that demonstrates that, and then tell how it relates to TCC. Howard brought in a jigsaw puzzle. He opened up the box, picked up many pieces, and then let them drop back into the box. He said that those pieces were like his individual thoughts, scattered and stressful. Then he put the lid back on the box to reveal the beautiful puzzle picture, and said that after his T’ai Chi Chih practice, that he could see the big picture. He said, “I relax more, and see how things fit together.”

Stay tuned as we add more anecdotes to this page.