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 benefitted from the practice. 

“The Life Force itself is joyous.” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

From a recent issue of The Vital Force:

Gift of Discernment: “We search for such gratification in objects and status, just as we search for knowledge by always looking outward. . . . So in the search for outer knowledge, the mind is clouded over and we lose our natural heritage of joy. The worship of words and facts goes on to the point where we have the radio, television and computers talking to us twenty-fours hours a day. . . . All are full of words, although they cannot teach their listeners to have the electric experience of entering the crucible. . . . Today we are drowning in words. It would be a blessing to destroy all televisions and computers . . . and to once more turn back to the heart of the universe for our guidance.” – Justin F. Stone, Climb The Joyous Mountain

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Gift of Renewal: “’Renewed’ is my word of the day and year. . . . This word keeps coming to me, especially when doing my favorite movement, Push Pull. It speaks volumes to my soul and body: bring in the new, vital energy and send out the old, used up energy. . . . A breast cancer diagnosis shocked me last August. It was a wakeup time to evaluate where I was spiritually and nutritionally, and to consider purpose, exercise and relationships. Since then I’ve had surgery in Seattle, a supportive husband and many family and friends to walk beside me. But I realized I’d let go of my TCC practice. Getting back to it daily has been a wellspring of joy, gratitude and love. As events push and pull me, I have the gift of being renewed.” – NJB, Sitka AK

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Gift of Play: “It was a beautiful summer-like day in October in northeast Ohio – a perfect day for our first outdoor TCC Play Day, under the shade of tall, smiling oak trees, with a quick breeze, falling leaves, geese flying overhead and birds singing. . . . To feel the subtle energy within the TCC movements, we focused on principles of softness (particularly of the wrists) and polarity (that point in our movements when we are most likely to feel energy flow). . . . We followed our second outdoor practice by feeling the energy flow as we held hands and then floated our hands above each others’ to feel our connected subtle energies. Many were amazed at how much our sensitivity had increased.” – LK, North Jackson, OH & TL, Newton Falls, OH

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Gift of Meaning: “This deepening of the TCC experience is helping me to discard layers of ‘survivor armor’ I feel I’ve had to wear for most of my life. With the help of this deepening Chi, I’m pulling back emotional layers (habit patterns) that I no longer need, and I’m finally able to see pathways that can lead to my more authentic self. I feel this will make me a better, more sensitive, confident and aware teacher and person. This is the time to let go, and I now have the awareness to do it. I’m so grateful to Justin Stone and his gift of TCC for teaching me a way to live my life more fully and with so much more meaning.” – LW, Gold Canyon, AZ

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Want more inspiration? Want connection with the global TCC community? Want tips for a better practice? Join us:

1) Subscribe to The Vital Force. Our quarterly journal offers engaging stories, hints and insights from TCC teachers and students. We also highlight wisdom by, and photos rarely seen of, originator Justin Stone.

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