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. 

“The ocean waves: the essence is water.’” – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

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From the August issue of The Vital Force:

Joy: “During these past few years of solitude, it was so rewarding to practice TCC with so many via Zoom. This experience of being together brought a different kind of joy — that of practicing with people worldwide. There was joy in seeing so many new faces and knowing so many continued to practice. But being together again in person is truly what I love. The energy is so different — the cosmic vibrations even stronger when we’re in the same room or park. It’s deeply spiritual and I love the ritual of moving as one.” – DA, Media, PA

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Editor’s Note: Read more about TCC teachers’ experiences with seated TCC

in the August issue of The Vital Force.

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Unity: “In the TCC class I’ve taught for the past year at a senior housing place, attendance has expanded and contracted, with a steady core of eight. Practicing together helps them feel part of something larger than themselves, they say. ‘I feel as if I’m moving with a whole community across time and space — it’s so powerful.’ We move in sync, sometimes a bit rough around the edges when knees or feet are not cooperating, but the intention is to ‘move softly as in a dream.’ One participant can move only one hand but moves effortlessly at one with the rest of us. The Chi infuses and unites us. We’re connected on a deeper level, like a stand of trees rooted together to withstand whatever comes.” – SB, Bloomington, MN

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Awareness: “Reasons I emphasize the grounding position when teaching and practicing TCC: 1) Moving from a grounded awareness does a superb job in allowing the Chi to descend. 2) The awareness of moving from rooted feet guides the student in the pace of the movement, given that full weight shift is required. 3) Keeping the mind in the roots of the feet fosters one-pointed concentration, which greatly enhances the opportunity to experience Cosmic Consciousness.” – AR, Albuquerque, NM  

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Reality: Spirituality is accordance with Reality. This doesn’t come through words or intellectual processes. As the Chi is circulated and balanced, it comes of itself – rather it is just there. Justin F. Stone

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