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 →

Returning to Our Nature

An interesting question was posed in this class:  why is it that babies can cry all day and not and not lose their voice, or dogs can bark all day and night and not lose their voice?  And yet, professors can lecture a lot and by the end of the week they have no voice... Continue Reading →

Matter and Energy

While the tangible has advantages, it is the intangible that makes it useful. -Tao teh Ching #11 Matter is defined as anything that has mass and takes up space.  In order for matter to take up space, there must be space to take up.   Since all matter contains the potential for energy, then there must... Continue Reading →

Yield to Succeed

The softest of all things overrides the hardest of all things. Only Nothing can enter no-space. Hence I know the advantages of Non-Ado. Few things under heaven are as instructive as the lessons of Silence, or as beneficial as the fruits of Non-Ado. -Tao te Ching, #43 Only in silence and stillness can we become... Continue Reading →

Of Mountains and Rivers

If there was ever a mantra in Ruby's class, it was this:  "still as a mountain; flow like a river".  Anyone who remembers him would remember this statement, either because he said it or because it was on his t-shirt.  It wasn't unique to him, of course.  It was one of the Tai Chi Classics,... Continue Reading →

The Taoist Trinity

Lesson #4 of Ruby's Tai Chi class was jam-packed full of mind-bending stuff, all flowing from poem #14 of the Tao te Ching: Look at it but you cannot see it!  Its name is Formless. Listen to it but you cannot hear it!  Its name is Soundless. Grasp it but you cannot get it!  Its... Continue Reading →

The Key

Even though Ruby's class was about Tai Chi, it is impossible to talk about his classes without touching on the Tao te Ching, because he would use verses from the Tao to talk about the philosophy behind the form.  The third lesson was the first such time that he did this, quoting the entire first... Continue Reading →

Answerless Questions

What is the sound of one hand clapping?  The smart ass in me wants to answer:  wind.  But that would be missing the point.  This is a koan, an answerless question.  No matter what you come up with, you are right.  And you are wrong.  And that's the point, isn't it?  We would like to wrap... Continue Reading →

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