Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sung & Satyagraha

One of the most difficult concepts to explain and comprehend in Tai chi is sung or what is generally translated as 'relax'.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Daily Practice

When I first began my Tai Chi practice I was 21 and had no trouble maintaining a vigorous personal practice outside of class.  I was very enthusiastic about learning Tai chi and possessed that obsessive focus that young adults often have for a new and somewhat exotic pursuit.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Without involvement you can research spiritual practice to your death and achieve nothing but increasing bewilderment.

A long time ago I copied the above sentence to my Tai Chi notebook.  It is a powerful truth about spiritual practice and one of the most important reasons why I practice Tai Chi - emphasis on the word ‘practice’. 

I remember a cartoon I saw many years ago.  There were two doors: in front of one door there is a line of many people waiting to enter.  The sign on the door reads: Tai Chi Lecture.  In front of the other door there is only one person waiting to get in.  The sign on that door reads: Tai Chi Practice.

The message is clear.  It is easy to listen to conversation, even serious academic discussion, about spiritual practice and imagine that you understand it.  It is quite another to involve yourself in actual practice.  You can sit in a class and take copious notes on body mechanics and principles of movement, but if you never hold a posture or move through a series of them with presence, you are clueless.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Ben Lo's Wisconsin Workshop

I tried to remember how many Ben Lo camps and workshops I've attended.  I lost count after 40.  At 84 he is still a powerful teacher of Tai Chi.