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.
Humans are not statistics; within us lies divinity. – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator
From a recent issue of The Vital Force:
Grounding: “Thank goodness I have TCC. I have a powerful tool that I’ve been honing, perhaps just for this moment. TCC is a wonderful teacher. All of the principles seem amplified in importance in life as it is now. The need to flow softly and without effort, to tune into our center and listen to our feet, to stay grounded in this moment, are all being called forth. I’ve been offering TCC practices on Zoom, and connecting with people all over. I’m pulling out Justin’s Spiritual Odyssey and Meditation for Healing, which seem written for this time…. I have a place to rest, to escape the fear. I have a tool that flows with me, supports me, and reconnects me to myself. TCC reorients me.” –LS, Fort Collins, CO
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Stillness: “Justin taught us that Seijaku is finding peace and tranquility within a busy life or chaos. The practice of TCC is the same. Entering into my TCC practice, I fell into that special place and dropped into each movement…. Even though I felt the energy of the movements, the Chi calmed and brought me into silence…. After my practice, I sat for a few minutes. Another level of stillness. I marveled at how the simplicity (or the innate complexity) of these repetitive movements brought me into this stillness…. It soothes my mind to know we respect and recognize the importance of self-isolation that’s required at this time, another degree of stillness. Stillness within more stillness during the chaos of this time.” –GT, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Fun: “’We’re all in this together: It’s the most common phrase these days. But if recent events haven’t irrevocably proven to all of us how much we’re connected, I don’t know what will…. After transitioning all my classes over to Zoom…. I was thrilled when two of my oldest friends, who live far away, enrolled in my intro-level TCC class. Plus, some of our wonderful teachers and two teacher trainers popped into some of my veterans and guided practice classes…. I cannot emphasize enough that the easiest yet potentially most fun way we can all stay healthy is by practicing TCC. It’s been proven to boost immunity, it’s instantly analgesic, elevates mood and gets you ‘out of your head.” – JL, Claymont, DE
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We have realized all things as empty, yet we do see and feel the phenomena of the world. The two together – the Empty and the Phenomenal – are but symbols, arrows pointing to the Mean. Then we can truly live in this empty, phenomenal universe, playing our role in what is essentially a show of phantoms…. Knowing the Mean, we perceive Truth and can live our lives meaningfully as both common men and sages. – Justin F. Stone
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