(This put up was first printed June 2017 and has been revised and republished)
A journey of studying entails the step-wise development of placing items of knowledge collectively and constructing a physique of information. It’s a physique of straightforward, private observations filed away for later use—not assumptions, or guesses, primarily based on conventionalized thought. It isn’t one factor or one other to be argued, proper or unsuitable. Studying is predicated by yourself discoveries. It’s expertise and the reminiscences of expertise.
Folks ask about getting tai chi proper. “What’s the precise means?” they ask. Or “What am I doing unsuitable?” they wander. If you happen to ask me, I feel they’re a bit of arduous on themselves considering they don’t seem to be doing adequate. I inform them not to think about it as both proper or unsuitable, simply that you just’re refining from the place you’re in your efforts to study tai chi. At present’s observe builds on the observe earlier than. It’s cumulative. This considering helps to dispel the concept that it’s important to do it in response to a predetermined rule earlier than you possibly can declare you’re doing tai chi in any respect. The one approach to know tai chi is to do it on the degree you’re at. Solely the person practitioner sees the way in which. It’s private. Nobody else can see it for you.
The only exercise generally is a observe of tai chi—even a single primary repetition. Even sitting for 60 seconds and respiratory mindfully is doing qigong. Anybody can try this anytime and, each time you do, you’re constructing upon the observe earlier than. You will see outcomes in case you do it commonly.