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Welcome to WholenessInMotion. Tai chi is a whole body and mind exercise that combines meditation, martial art and health tonic in one. This particular form is the Yang style, 37 posture short form as taught by Prof. Cheng Man-ch'ing. This fascinating and intricate exercise has many benefits and just about anyone can practice it.

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Tai Chi Chuan – I am not good at….

Posted By Tom Daly on November 5th, 2013

Tai Chi Chuan – I am not good at….

Like my teacher, Maggie Newman, I often use small walking steps to introduce a new posture or to find greater relaxation in an old posture.  These steps are a bit intricate and many students find it difficult to replicate them.   Perhaps they think, “I am not good at choreography….”

This statement has several problems.  Here they are in order of importance:

I.

Am.

Not.

Good.

Choreography.

If we were to spend a year ONLY on intricate footwork that changed each class, those who are not “good” at choreography would get better at choreography. 

I recall some statement from Prof. Cheng Man-ch’ing saying that if you don’t have a natural talent for tai chi, you simply have to put in more work.  Voila!

So in tai chi, “I’m not good at choreography” needs to be reengineered into “I need to attend more diligently to the choreography.”

Even better: “Working with choreography is a challenge I’m enjoying.”

If you focus on some idea of ultimate success, this is a dead end. 

If you compare yourselves to others, this is a dead end. 

If you focus on process, and what’s taking place “now”, this is great fun!  There is no goal when you work that way.  When there is no goal, there is no goalie, trying to stop you from your own experience.

In this case, more is better.  Whatever it is that you are not good at, but wish to gain greater ease, then this tells you to pay more attention and don’t toss it aside as something that does not apply to you OR as some sort of stumbling block that you cannot get beyond.

Remember when you began to walk?  No, I didn’t think so.  But this much is clear: Infants don’t say, “I’m not good at walking.”  They most likely don’t “say” anything to themselves.   They just try and try and try again.   Maybe what they think is “Let’s do this again.”  Or perhaps, “This looks like fun.”  Or, “I bet I can do that!”  They never give up.  They don’t own that experience when they give it a first try.  Their muscles and mind grow into the experience.

Zen adage:  Fall down seven times, get up eight.

That’s life, right?

It’s also good tai chi.

 

 

 

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