Neuropsychology has well established that we react to stimuli before our conscious mind can catch up. This means that it is easy to step – whether that be a physical, emotional or mental step – into places that aren’t in our best interest. Becoming more conscious of our habits makes positive change possible so we can improve our life experience.
Recently some of the senior teachers of our school were asked why we teach. Below are some responses. In general, we teach for the love of tai chi. We teach in order to be of service to humanity. We teach to help people improve their health and wellbeing and because it improves our own health and wellbeing. And we teach because that is how we learn. To learn more, continue reading.
From Rhoda Jacobs
I went to a car show last spring and admired the beautiful old cars that had been lovingly cared for. It reminded me that for those of us who are aging, we are like older cars. If we want a car to last a long time, we need to put in good gas and fluids and lubricate the moving parts and keep it clean inside and out. We have to take it out for a drive. It can’t just sit in the garage. If we want to have a pristine old car, we need to put in a lot of attention and TLC over the course of many years.
BE HERE TAO: My life with Qigong and Tai Chi
By Pat Gorman
Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Queens in a first-generation immigrant neighborhood - Italian and Irish - all the parents were invested in having their kids fit in and become "American". American language, sports, movies, ideas, behavior. Meditation, self-examination and exploring consciousness were not even on the horizon.
The idea of applying tai chi principles to every aspect of one’s life is attractive to almost everyone. It is easy to understand that the more we integrate principle into life, the more we embody our art and enrich all aspects of life. This article reviews how skiing can inspire deep tai chi practice.
by Edna Brandt, LAc Licensed Acupuncturist and Tai Chi Teacher
Your houseplants or your lawn or garden will grow more or
less by themselves, though they will get gangly or weedy
without attention. If you want a premium lawn or prize roses,
you need to cultivate, to pay attention to what is needed. You
need to make sure that there is the right placement, the right
amount of water and sun, the correct fertilizer. If you
cultivate your plants or lawn, they will have beautiful qi.
In the same way, you need to cultivate your own qi to have
the best health you can. Without special care, you will