Of Needles and Fans

At this point in the class, we're past the physically demanding part of the form and moving into the coordinationally (is that even a word?) part of the form.  Our moves:  Needle to the Bottom of the Sea, Fan through the Back. Returning to both of these, it's interesting to compare what I can (or... Continue Reading →


There is an idea expressed in both the Tao te Ching and the I Ching that the way to power is through humility.  Ruby liked to explain this in terms of corporate paradigms.  The usual paradigm is that the powerful are on top and the actual workers underneath.   The I Ching would say that this... Continue Reading →


At this point in learning the form, I wrote an entry in my journal about changes I had noticed unfolding for me.  I want to share part of that here. Once the initial frustration with the moves had passed, I began to really notice this interior stillness.   After class, I would turn off the music... Continue Reading →


He who dies but perishes not enjoys true longevity. - Lao Tzu #33 What does it mean to leave behind a legacy?  This question comes up every now and again, and reviewing this seventeenth lesson of Ruby's brought it up again because he talks about legacy in this lesson.  I consider it to be a... Continue Reading →

A Memory

When I was reviewing this lesson, what really caught my eye was my journal entry for the day.  I took the class a semester before the semester that Ruby decided to record them all, so I have slightly different information than what is in the recordings.  And in my entry, I wrote down a story... Continue Reading →

Catching Up and Resuming

It's been about a month since my last entry in this blog.  I had to take a break to attend to some major life transitional stuff that is beyond the scope of this blog.  Nothing bad, in fact just about the most positive sort of life transition that a person can have.  Even the positive... Continue Reading →


There are certain difficulties that arise from walking a path alone.  One of those has been very prevalent of late, and that is straying from the path because I no longer am in a class where we practice form.  I am butt-deep in major life transition stuff (which is beyond the scope of this blog... Continue Reading →

The Journey So Far

Just today I was at work and a co-worker asked me where I practiced Tai Chi, because I had mentioned yesterday that I do form.  It was with a pang of sadness that I answered her that I practice on my own because my teacher had died.  To my knowledge, there is no-one teaching Tai... Continue Reading →


There is a Tai Chi classic that reads, in part:  "If others don't move, I don't move.  If others move slightly, I move first".  This was the basis for the class where we paused from learning the form to play Tai Chi Push Hands. It is interesting to read back over my journal entry when... Continue Reading →

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