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. 

“To live each day with some contemplation.’” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

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From the August issue of The Vital Force:

Heart: “I’ve been drawn lately to how important the heart is in T’ai Chi Chih (TCC) and its connection to what it is that we’re cultivating.… As we consciously practice letting go physically within our bodies through our TCC practice — in our wrists, our shoulders, by releasing the little muscles in our stomachs — the resistance melts, the suffering dissolves and the Chi flows more freely…. Recognizing and allowing the Cosmic heartbeat that thrums through all things becomes easier.” AT, Albuquerque, NM

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

in the August issue of The Vital Force.

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Space: “The transitions in our movements from front to back, side to side, up and down, and movement to movement are all places to which we can pay attention. By really slowing down at those times we begin to feel that empty space, like the space between our inhale and exhale, that space we do not own or control. By lingering in that space, we begin to feel something else moving us, rather than us forcing the movement.” – LJ, Minneapolis, MN

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Peace: “TCC makes me feel as if I’m floating in the Caribbean. I’m supported by warm waves gently rocking my body, a cool breeze, and the sun on my face. I’m one with the elements, relaxed, happy, and at peace. When I practice TCC I’m surrounded by air instead of water. My favorite place to practice is outside. The smooth TCC movements take me to a safe, free state. There I’m one with the universe.” RB, NY

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Softness: One cannot strive for softness: the very effort of trying to be soft creates tension. It is the absence of any pressure, moving ‘slow motion in a dream,’ that allows softness to prevail. The best way to forget worries and ease tension is to shun the ego-center, so that no one is doing T’ai Chi Chih, but T’ai Chi Chih is doing itself. In this sense, T’ai Chi Chih becomes a meditation. Justin F. Stone

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