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.
Benefits: “It took more than a decade of experimenting with a combination of breathing, stretching, and TCC to alleviate chronic back pain I’d experienced for nearly four decades. Being grounded and aligning and elongating my spine in all TCC yinning and yanging movements can prevent or alleviate symptoms. After my third major hip surgery, I was determined to continue my regular preventive practice through seated TCC. To my amazement, I was even more aware of the release of tension in my lower back and upper right quadrant! I’d enjoyed doing seated TCC but had never before realized its unique benefits.” – HH, Mountain View, Hawaii
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Editor’s Note: Read more about TCC teachers’ experiences with seated TCC
Blessings: “Seated TCC has been such a blessing in my life. I show all students, including those who can stand, how to do seated TCC because you never know when you’re going to need it. Over the years, I’ve had to take time from teaching to recover from two major surgeries and a fractured leg. Each time, seated TCC came to my rescue. I was better able to deal with stress, stay positive, accept my situation (no small task) and find inner calm. The deep relaxation in my body and mind released my tension, increased my energy, and lifted my spirit. The gentle movements also eased my pain, or perhaps simply increased my ability to tolerate it.” – KS, Woodland Park, New Jersey
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Belonging: “Teaching seated TCC has become my great passion. When first presented with the opportunity to teach at a nearby senior center, I accepted the offer with some doubts about whether I could teach it effectively. As someone who started their practice because of a severe injury and new disability, I’m grateful that my TCC teacher taught our group how to practice together seated. She included me when I was at my worst, showed me compassion when others wouldn’t, and helped me feel part of a special community. She and seated TCC helped me heal.” – MM, Vernon Hills, Illinois
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“We have a duty to find meaning in this very life, this present existential situation. And this requires a disciplined mind…. All one can do is bring the palms together in a salute to all beings. May they lose the attachment that makes for suffering. Life can be good – if we plant the proper seeds. The way of joy is best.” – Climb the Joyous Mountain, Justin F. Stone
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