Recently, I was asked by Florence Waters of The Telegraph to comment on tai chi as an antidote to stress germane to living in a digital age. When I explain to people that I healed my body from a serious motorcycle accident with nei gong and meditation alone, it often conjures notions of disbelief. However, I’m just one of millions of people throughout the ages who has not only found a path to healing, but also sustained and even amplified that healthy state of being throughout their lifetime from dedicated Tao arts training.
I am a senior Energy Arts tai chi teacher (Level 2) and have taught Wu style tai chi since 1996 with gratitude to and the encouragement of my teacher, Wu and Yang Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis.
Over the last two decades or so in the tai chi game, I’ve noticed that many practitioners have unrealistic expectations about what they can achieve in short timeframes. Many times, students seek to learn a form and gain a high level of skill within a period of a few months, which of course is impossible unless you’re a rare genius in mind-body-chi. The irony is that those who let go of these expectations are usually the students who advance more quickly and, more importantly, experience the deeper health and healing benefits for which tai chi is renowned.
Recently, I posted a blog entitled “Tai Chi: The Art of Softness”, but is it possible to ever say enough about the form’s yielding nature?
Even though tai chi is the youngest of the internal martial arts, it has a quality that is absolutely unique unto itself. The intrinsic yin nature of tai chi allows deep healing to occur while the practitioner executes the form in the most gentle of ways. It is this hyper focus on the soft quality that often leads tai chi practitioners astray.