Tai Chi Daily Blog — meditation

REFLECTIONS ON FRIDAY MORNING

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by Richard Morrison   Chapter 1 Get Out of Bed I teach Aikido class on Friday morning from 6 am- 7 am. Actually I get there about 5:35 to stretch out. I hate to get up early. I hate to think about getting up early. I hate having to go to bed early the night before so that I can get up early. The entire idea of getting up early is distasteful. I remember years ago sitting in a movie theatre thinking about having to get up early. I decided then and there that if ever I wanted to understand...

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MOVING MEDITATION

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I was just doing a random search online and found an article stating that Tai Chi is not a moving meditation. One of the reasons the writer stated that Tai Chi was not a moving meditation is because they felt in doing the Tai Chi form you need to pay attention to what is going on outside of the body as well as what is going on inside. I guess their idea of meditation is that you only pay attention to what is going on internally. I think this is a great topic for discussion as I am sure most...

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STILLNESS IN MOTION

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The discoveries I made during my first 2 years of practicing tai chi chuan This post was written by LK who is a guest blogger on Taichi-daily.com I came to tai chi chuan by chance and stayed because I loved the exquisite beauty of its flowing movements and its calming effect that I felt right away. At the time, I saw it as an alternative to traditional sitting meditation (which I tried to master many times over many years and only ended up torturing myself), as well as one of somatic arts, a kinesthetically intelligent and beautiful movement system that...

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TAI CHI BREATHING

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When I first started learning the breath I would imagine filling and deflating like an inflatable raft, or the ballon at the water gun balloon game at the carnival. The top of my head and fingertips would be the outer edge of the inflated balloon.  This visualization really helped me to understand the relaxation and the path of chi. Breathe in as the balloon inflates and exhale as the balloon deflates. At the beginning of my training, I did not realize that the breath should ever stop at my head. As I practiced more I would imagine the breath passing through my head, feet,...

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