HAPPY WORLD TAI CHI AND CHI KUNG DAY APRIL 29TH 2017!!!
Martial training brings us all closer together. World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day, if you don't already know, is a day we get together and train with our 'extended family' all around the world! Being a part of the Tai Chi + Chi Kung community and especially having this unity is a really powerful thing.
This brings to light one of the biggest conflicts I have as an instructor... The clash of business and the traditional familial mindset. These outlooks are what we're going to explore today.
How is Tai Ji a spiritual practice?
Simply put Tai Ji’s spiritual practice is purely a Taoist practice. Tao meaning Way, and Taoists focus on the way of everything and no-thing. Let’s start with some quotes from Taoism that will help us frame our conversation today.
To quote the Tao Te Ching “The way that can be spoken is not the eternal way”
Spirituality is the same in this sense… I cannot tell you Tai Ji will give you a roadmap to spirituality. Rather, I can say with certainty that it will give you a way to search physically within yourself to find your own answers, and that it will help you become very intimate with all that makes up this shell you call your ‘self’
The following are direct quotes from Chuang Tzu. Keeping these in mind will help bring clarification for the rest of the post…
A poem to inquire
"Flexibility is the key to stability!"
Daniel R. Hyde
Licensed Massage Therapist
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