Commitment to Practice

T’ai Chi Chih is a mindfulness-moving meditation practice that’s easy to learn. The series of 19 movements and one pose helps circulate the Vital Energy, the Chi. Practitioners experience peace, improved health, and many more benefits. Our free monthly e-newsletter offers inspiration between issues of the TCC quarterly journal, The Vital Force, in which teachers and students tell stories about ways they’ve benefited from the practice. 

“One cannot strive for softness.’” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

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From the August issue of The Vital Force:

Gratitude: “The biggest advantage to practicing TCC with a group is the commitment to practice. For 20 years, I knew I needed a daily practice but allowed other priorities (especially those defined by others) to move my practice to the backseat. I started a daily practice (teaching for 15 minutes before the practice) three years ago. That commitment has kept me true to my own daily practice. Not everyone attends daily, but they’re grateful a practice is held.” TW, Melbourne, FL

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Editor’s Note: Read more about TCC teachers’ experiences

in the August issue of The Vital Force.

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Healing: “(Group practice on Zoom) gatherings allow the Chi to do its work within each of us in its own way, whether for healing, clarity, joy, having time for group practice, learning, integrating or simply to feel good. I constantly remind myself to get my ego out of the way. I serve the Chi, and I don’t need to know what exactly that means or where it leads. I simply allow my inner wisdom to lead the Zoom practice wherever it needs to go.” – LL, Prairie Village, KS

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Balance: “One of the wonderful effects I get from TCC is balancing the nervous system out of the activated, anxious, and sympathetic state. It’s also a Catch-22 because it’s trickier to get myself to practice when I most need it. My body is not always up to the (other) demands I put on it. Instead of slowing down my life, I let myself get distracted from practice. I’ve learned that I can’t put expectations on my practice — practice helps me when I use it, but it’s not its job to fix me.” – LS, Fort Collins, CO

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Chi: Attachment to self, with the feeling that where we stand is the center of the universe, leads to suffering, not enlightenment. Justin F. Stone

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Published On: October 17th, 2022Categories: Vital Force e-Newsletter

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