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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. 

“’We find creativity effortlessly flowing.’” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

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From the recent issue of The Vital Force:

Release: “When we end each movement of the TCC practice, we return to a graceful conclusion or a resting pose. In that instance, we become whole again, Justin said. The yin and yang energy that separated while we moved is getting back together during that powerful pose. We feel our feet rooted on the ground, we pay attention to the connection to the earth, and we release internally around the tan t’ien. The lower we allow our knees to go, the easier this internal release becomes. It’s palpable. We feel a softening in the tan t’ien while solid in the feet. We hold the close until we’re done.” – CG, Lake Charles, LA

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Editor’s Note: Learn more from TCC teachers with more than 25 years of experience in the May issue of The Vital Force.

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Integrate: “’ve reaped many benefits from my four-year practice. By focusing solely on the movements, my consciousness has risen and my energy channels expanded. As I move counterclockwise in Bird Flaps Its Wings, I rid myself of old habits. When moving clockwise newer things are flushing out old habits. During Working the Pulley, I’m reminded of my buoyancy while swimming in Hawaii. Deep breathing allows me to release bad energy and expendable habits. It’s an integrated confluence of thoughts, feelings, and movements.” – TO, Beaverton, OR

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Serve: “Sharing this practice seems to be Volume Two on a journey towards purpose. What is the driving force that develops and then leads us to teach? Is it ego, or could it be the teh (inner sincerity) that Justin speaks of? The teacher label had never resonated, but ‘instructor’ and ‘being of service’ did. I feel deeply Justin’s words that TCC is ‘a service to humanity.’ It’s truer with each passing day. It has become of utmost importance to share the feeling of TCC and to share it well. It has changed my life outlook in so many positive ways. Sharing it can make a difference in this crazy world of power and greed.” ––  JM, Antioch, CA

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Let go: A Chinese monk once said, ‘When the mind is transparent and pure as if reflected on the mirror-like surface of the water there is nothing in the world you would dislike. When it is serene as the light breeze in the sunshine there will be no one whom you would like to forget.’ Such serenity is rare in these hectic days. Nevertheless, it is possible. Justin F. Stone

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Published On: July 6th, 2023Categories: Vital Force e-Newsletter

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