I agree with Justin Stone that “ One of the great secrets of life is knowing how to circulate and balance the Life Force.” (It’s also called the prayer or the Chi, the inherent wisdom in all of us.)
I wish I had known about T’ai Chi Chih!, Joy through Movement, when I was working as a public school teacher/counselor. It would have helped me better cope with the daily stresses of life, juggling family, work and community activities. I discovered T’ai Chi Chih at my Senior Center 10 years ago when I retired. I practiced as a student for five years before becoming accredited in 2015.
There is so much to learn from the practice of T’ai Chi Chih. The benefits are profound and pleasantly surprising as you go deeper into the practice. For me the opportunities for self-renewal and growth occur everyday I commit to the gentle movements. A few examples: I have learned to be more patient with myself and others; to let go of what I no longer need, like striving for perfection. Now I laugh at myself for making mistakes, and “being in the soles of my feet” has greatly improved my posture and feelings of self-worth. T’ai Chi Chih practice gets me out of my “monkey” mind to enjoy the slow, flowing movements of my physical body. Circulating and balancing the Chi helps me to focus on the mind-body-spirit connection; this harmony carries over into my daily life.
“with the accumulation of Chi (Vital Force) through T’ai Chi Chih practice, permanent changes in the metabolism and the thinking process take place and renewed energy conditions the whole way of life. Just as the thought conditions the Vital Force, sodas the flow of this Chi, this Intrinsic Energy, condition the way of thinking. As these changes occur we get in touch with ourselves and the world we see begins to change. Joy becomes our natural heritage.”
I feel the delight of inner peace, especially after the 5 to 10 minutes of stillness and sitting meditation at the end of each class. My retirement life has been enriched by teaching and sharing the joy of T’a Chi Chih. The power of practicing as a community of students is so inspiring and uplifting. T’ai Chi Chih is the gift that keeps on giving.
All classes are on hiatus due to Covid-19. Please contact me if you have additional questions. I welcome your participation!