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 benefits of T’ai Chi Chih are cumulative. – Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator

From a recent issue of The Vital Force:

Finding the Joy: “A new student was recovering from recent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, dealing with the aftereffects of cancer treatment…. What a student she is! From the very first class she could feel the Chi. Her face lit up with a radiant smile, her eyes sparkled. She practices a little every day. She tells everyone she knows about it. She has visions of summer coming and being ready to practice in public – in the park, along the river, everywhere. Joy surfaces and sends its ripples and waves on the wings of the Chi out into the world. The power of the Chi possesses her – and embraces me as well.” JR, Portland, OR

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Feeling the Chi: “Twice a month I practice TCC at a veterans’ nursing home, working mostly with patient with Alzheimer’s who live together in a secured area…. We do everything seated; some are in wheelchairs and some follow along pretty well some weeks and not so well others. It doesn’t matter – it’s great they’re watching, learning, trying and engaging. When I ask if anyone feels tingling in their fingers, several respond enthusiastically that they do. One participant told me, “It feels like someone else is rowing the boat.” What a great understanding!” EF, Glenwood Springs, CO

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Becoming the Treasures: “’The Jewel of T’ai Chi Chih is in its teachers.’ This quotation from Justin Stone hangs on a banner at every teacher conference as a reminder that teachers are the treasured vessels that carry theloving and healing practice of TCC to the world. One of the greatest gifts at a recent accreditation was to see teacher candidates grow into the jewels they are. Sometimes our habit energies can keep us small and locked in the emotions of doubt, fear and unworthiness. The world does not need small now. It needs each of us to step up and let our light out.” – MD, Loveland, CO

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“After a few days of watching your posture and your state of mind, you may make an unexpected discovery – that your posture is influenced by your state of mind and your state of mind has a great deal to do with your posture.” –  Justin F. Stone

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Subscribe to The Vital Force. Our quarterly journal offers engaging stories, hints and insights from TCC teachers and students. We also highlight wisdom by, and photos rarely seen of, originator Justin Stone.