Learning from New Teachers


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. 

“Truly the aim is ‘Joy thru Movement,’ and such movement is easy.’” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

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From the February issue of The Vital Force:

Strengthening & softening: “This (accreditation) week marks the completion of a goal set in January 2021. I made a list of 21 things to nourish my spirit in 2021 and included teaching TCC. I didn’t know then that my husband of 47 years would pass away unexpectedly in April. Practicing TCC became important for coping with grief and uncertainty. With guidance and support from my TCC teachers, I also completed requirements for accreditation. My practice strengthened and softened, and I believe it will always be part of my life.” – JH, Georgetown, DE (accredited Nov. 2021)

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

in the February issue of The Vital Force.

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Learning & teaching: “One of my favorite quotes from Justin Stone is, ‘Nothing is in a state of Being; everything is in a state of Becoming.’ The TCC journey is all about becoming. I’ve been a teacher of other mind-body practices for a long time and starting over as a student requires a real shift in experience. I had to remember how to become an empty cup, and how to let go of self-consciousness, fear of failure, and an inner judging voice. I gained a deeper experience in letting go of effort, even while learning new skills.” – SS, Chagrin Falls, OH (accredited Nov. 2021)

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Letting go & changing: “I didn’t realize how much tension I was carrying and how it ultimately interfered with my TCC practice (until accreditation week). During the week I was given the gift of letting go of past hurts. Through this process of forgiveness, I finally began moving with softness. Several dreams the night before graduation confirmed I was in a very different place mentally, emotionally and spiritually than I had been one week before.” MC, Bemidji, MN (accredited Nov. 2021) 

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No Matter

How Small

A Drop of Water

It Reflects

The Entire Moon” – Justin F. Stone

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Published On: April 15th, 2022Categories: Vital Force e-Newsletter

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