Tai Chi Daily Blog — mushin

DISTRACTION

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Practicing the Tai Chi form outside is really good training to keep you in your center. When I first started practicing outdoors I was a little embarrassed, what would others think? Often I am in the midst of the form when I notice someone in the distance observing me. What if I forget the next move? What if I stumble and don’t have perfect balance? Someone might think I don’t know what I am doing. A mix of thoughts goes through my head. I am no longer able to keep in my center. Now when I practice the form I...

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NO MIND

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I made my first conscious effort to practice the Tai Chi form without thinking "no mind". In the past, I have always practiced keeping in mind-body mechanics, breath, alignment, the next posture, etc. If my practice remains in this way my form will always be controlled from my mind. I need to learn to practice where my mind is in my center and trust that my body knows what to do. My center is two inches below my navel, this area is called the Dantian. Although I practiced my form very slowly today it seemed like time flew by, my form...

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