Category Archives: living the taiji life

Don’t outsource your emotional center

One of the principles of the Taoist Qigong exercises Six Healing Sounds and Inner Smile that we started in our Wednesday evening Qigong classes two weeks ago is that persons should accept responsibility for their own emotional state. Whatever the … Continue reading

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Applying Taijiquan in daily life

I had a life lesson yesterday, but I am embarrassed to say that I failed to use my art. After my morning class, I received a phone call purporting to be from our local electric power company. The speaker told … Continue reading

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Do Women Really Need a Firearm for Self-Defense?

The other day, exercising my curiosity, I googled “Webley Bulldog self-cocking pistol.” I was reading the book Son of the Morning Star about George Custer. According to the book, Custer carried the Webley at the Little Big Horn rather than … Continue reading

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Protecting and Nurturing the Spirit (continued)

Root and center are the keys to our physical stability. In Taijiquan we train to strengthen our root and refine our center. Root is our connection to the earth. Center is the area of the body that when a strong … Continue reading

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Who controls your life?

Master Yang often asks, “Do you control your life or does your life control you?” I think that for most people the answer isn’t either or but a question of degree. I think that there are some people that have … Continue reading

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Regulating the Spirit: Moderation in attachments

If you want to build up and maintain a calm and steady spirit, it is a common tenet of philosophy that you have to avoid attachment to the things of the world.  This is why monks retreat from society and … Continue reading

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Regulating the Spirit

If you wish to maintain a calm and steady spirit, you must embrace the fact that the world moves in cycles of growth and decay.  The cycles may last days, years, centuries or millennia, but they are inevitable and unavoidable. … Continue reading

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Prevention vs. treatment

Every October, breast cancer awareness month, I am reminded that the American approach to illness is still heavily biased toward an attitude that goes something like this: “first I have the bad luck to get sick, then I go to … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Yin-Yang symbol and Taoist philosophy

The Yin-Yang symbol tells us that nothing lasts forever.  The universe and human kind are in a constant state of change.  We can see this in nature every year as the seasons turn.  Things will sprout, flourish, wither and then … Continue reading

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Who are you?

Some people want to gain others’ respect, so they take out a mortgage and buy a big house. Since they can’t take their big house with them when they step outside, they take out another loan and buy a fancy … Continue reading

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