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. 

“Energy and wisdom are different words for the same thing.” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

From the May issue of The Vital Force:

Joy & Chi: “Under the brilliant starry sky before daybreak, I softly close the door of our RV and walk through cacti, palo verde, brittlebush, cholla, ironwood, and mesquite to my special place, my energy vortex…. I begin Rocking Motion. Bringing my attention to my feet, I rock and move the Chi through my meridians. As I get to Pulling Taffy, the resident pack of coyotes begins their song and I smile. Joy through Movement. When I get to Cosmic Consciousness pose, the sky is pink at the horizon.” – LS, Duluth, MN

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Editor’s Note: Read more of LS’s experiences with TCC desert practice in the May issue of The Vital Force.

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Harmony & Chi: “Feeling the underlying movement principles can take a long time, very likely a whole lifetime of tuning in…. Once you’ve felt the energy flow throughout the body, you want this again and again…. Can you soften and let go of control while being strong enough to welcome this enigmatic Chi?… Can you let the Chi reveal itself all the way to the fingertips?… It will show you another way to be in harmony with it.” – CG, Lake Charles, LA

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Sorrow & Chi: “This last year has been challenging…. In TCC we learn of yin/yang, the opposites. As we enjoy feelings of joy and happiness, we also visit sorrow, grief, and doubt. This can draw me into a place of confusion and sadness, but this time I’m aware of it…. During my practice, I feel the stillness and quiet within. I breathe and feel the vibration of Chi. My higher self says, ‘It’s your choice.’ So I choose to take Joy back into my life.” – JM, Antioch, CA

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Tantra & Chi: “Tantra promises that every cell in the body can be brought to a point singing with Joy. Those of us who practice TCC are doing just that. To become jaded and just think of it as another discipline is to miss the point. Here are the means; it is up to you to use them.” –  Justin F. Stone

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