Sunday, July 14, 2024

Tai Chi Excuses?


Tai Chi Excuses?

Sometimes students come up with “excuses” along the lines of

“Things are very busy or troubled at work and/or at home

so I could not practice at home and/or could not come to class.”

These in fact are not good excuses.

Instead, these are the very reasons

why maintaining your practice is even more important.

Is it wise to abandon Tai Chi at the time when you need it most?

That’s somewhat like saying, I was starving so I skipped eating.

Some folks choose to treat Tai Chi as a luxury

or perhaps as a toy and thus, they seem to think it is for good times only.

That’s fine, of course, as long as you don’t expect much from your Tai Chi.

When times are unsettled and you feel off balance and out of sorts,

why would you discard the practice that is trying to help you

to improve your balance and your health?


“The chief technique in T’ai Chi Ch’uan

is to cultivate the ch’i and sink it to the tan t’ien…

The ch’i comes first in cultivating life.

However, it is useless to talk to those who cannot or will not persevere.”

Prof. Cheng Man-ching, Thirteen Treatises.