Good Morning my Friends,
As I’m writing this morning there is a light rain which isn’t much but the first mist we’ve gotten for quite some time so I’m thrilled. Especially since we are having our daughters welcome party for her wedding here in just 7 weeks and everything is dry as a bone.
I’ve studied Tai Chi for the past 15 years and I love it. It is a place where I find inner resources to ground and root which is needed more than ever these days. Living in a construction zone, prepping for a wedding, revamping our yard (I haven’t told you about that… yet 😱) and getting ready to start the other side of the house in a couple of weeks while continuing to work has been nothing short of hair raising, especially with the mistakes that keep continuing daily.
Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, walking, writing and hanging with my 4 legged furry friends is my sanity.
Our friend Dawn wrote an amazing piece on Tai Chi recently which I highly recommend. Take a peek here if you get a chance.
I was really excited to share my private training session with Grandmaster William Chen when I was in New York a few years ago but sadly I may have lost the article I wrote when I switched from Constant Contact to Mailchimp. I’ll keep looking for it however. I study Yang Style Short form and he is a legend in the world of Tai Chi. I’m looking forward to returning sometime this next year to study with him again. He is astounding on every level. If you ever get the chance to take a class with him and have the desire, hurry as he is getting up there in age but I expect he will live into his 100’s.
I received a newsletter from a teacher Michael Gilman who has been studying for 50 years and I loved his words and got permission from him to share them with you. Thank you so much Michael. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 377Summer House Thoughts
As I have shared with you in the past, I so enjoy sitting on the top of the outbuilding, at our house, which we call the Summer House, feeding the Stellar Jays, and letting my thoughts run around like the squirrels and bunnies. After 50 years of full time Tai Chi practice and study, thoughts sometimes pop into my head, from where, I sometimes don’t have any idea. Here are a few from this week, and I think they are interesting enough to stimulate you to let your own mind explore where it wanders to. “Most of the time, when I start a round of Tai Chi, I realize that today is the first day of the rest of my life.” “I am everything I am not.” Think about that.“Just as our Tai Chi forms move slowly and steadily from beginning to end, so does our life. We know the ending of the form, not the ending of our life. Possibly it never ends, just keeps evolving to rarer and rarer dimensions.”“Up Right and Be Right Make All Right.” Up Right means to use the physical to elevate the spirit. Be Right refers to stimulating the emotional body. Make All Right means combining the body, mind, and spirit to attain higher state of consciousness.“A person should be judged not by what they have, but what they give. A smile is worth a lot.”“Confidence comes from competence. Competence comes from practice.”“You don’t own a gift until you’ve thanked the giver.” I just sent a special gift to someone and I never heard back, not even to let me know if they have received it. Bad form. I had a wealthy relative who always sent me very generous gifts. When my mother passed away, I was 9 years old and I then stopped sending thank you notes. She stopped sending me gifts and she cut me out of her will. I learned my lessons on thanking. “ Balance is perhaps the major philosophical as well as physical idea in Tai Chi. Wasn’t it Michele Obama who said, when speaking of bullies, “ When others go low, we go high.”“Just as you “can’t judge a book by its cover”, you can’t judge a Tai Chi player by his or her outward appearance. You have no idea of where they are coming from or where they are headed.
Have a blessed week!
Very interesting article on Tai Chi. Loved reading it. ♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹
Thanks so much!!
Thank you, Cindy, for you essay on Tai Chi, very interesting. I wrote about it once when I underlined the wellbeing of those who are practicing this ancient sport.
With everything you are doing, you will live forever, Cindy!
You’re so welcome Joanna and thank you so much!!
Oh that’s wonderful you highlighted it. It truly is amazing !! Oh aren’t you kid!!
Cheers to your commitment and to the good life it brings. Hope all is well.
Thank you so much Frank!!💕❤️💕
This is remarkable Cindy. I wish I had the capacity and opportunity to learn tai chi. But I’m so impressed with your dedication.
Thank you soo much Sadje.I do love it. Try googling Terry Dunn and you can try ot. I’m a hands on learner though. 💕❤️💕
You’re welcome! I will when I am in a mental space to learn it. Thanks
That’s wonderful , Cindy. I have wanted to try Tai Chi for years and do not know where to begin. Have heard great things about it. Btw we share the same sanity, minus Tai Chi and adding bellydancing for me “Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, walking, writing and hanging with my 4 legged furry friends is my sanity”💕🙏💕
Thanks Grace!!! I love it and I love the fact that you belly dance!! How cool is that!! Try Terry Dunn’s video as he’s really easy to understand. Oh the furry friends are the best when they aren’t being “naughty”. Lol 😂 Ollie is a goaty goat and I adore her like you know. Thanks a lot… xo. I’m So behind I’m visiting soon I hope!! 💕
Always a pleasure, dear Cindy. Will definitely check Terry Dunn out. Thanks for the referring his video. Have a fabulous day, my friend.💕
Enjoyed your rich and seasoned thoughts from your quiet time looking out from the summer home – oh was this a great read today, Cindy!
Wow! You are an ardent tai chi follower!
I am Sheereen!!! it’s magical!
Thanks a lot! 😎
Aha! The reason for your beauty
Awww sent you sweet-:)💕❤️💕
I do love it and I guess I am! 💖💖 thanks a lot.
Oh my gosh Cindy, I love the art of Tai Chi as well, although I have not participated in a class to learn the aesthetics of this artform. ☯🥋☯ I know Dawn appreciates you mentioning her post. She explains the exercise superbly. Just before the pandemic, I found a studio that taught it but due to COVID many things were cancelled or postponed. I am so impressed by the execution of each movement. I look forward to engaging in a class one day. Thanks for sharing some special moments Cindy my dear! Enjoy the rest of your week. 🤩🌺🥰🦋😍💖😘
It is truly a lifetime study which I love because it reminds us just that. You only get out of it as much as the time you put into it. It acce. She did a great job on it and since I couldn’t find my article I t was wonderful. CHECK OUT Terry Dunn.. you will love him. 💖💖Thank you so much! you do the same … xo 💖💖💖
Thank you for the recommendation Cindy. I appreciate your energy dawwwwlinkkkkk!!! 🤗🙏🏼🥰 Hugs and smooches! 🦋💋💖
OF COURSE MY DEAREST!!! xoooxooxo big hugs and love and smooches back to you! 💖💖
I receive that Cindy dawwwwlinkkkkk!!! 😊🦋😘🎈😍
Hi Cindy, I am glad you have tai chi to help you to help you relax. I have never tried anything like this, or even meditation. I do know lots of bloggers who benefit from it though.
Thank you so much Robbie. It’s really odd for me. It truly was so challenging for me in a different way since I’m so active but it grew on me . Now I love it. 💖💖
SMiles Dear Cindy The Great Work You Do Bringing
Awareness to Moving Meditation is So Valuable in How
That Brings Balance to Mind and Body Soul Whole
As Emotions Flow From Head to Toe and
Our ‘Word Thinking’ and Even Conscious
Experience of Life Constitutes 5 Percent
or Less of Our Entire
Mind Being of Life
When it Comes to Giving
My Philosophy Is and Science
Even Agrees When We Give Altruistically
Without Any Expectation of Return It’s A Win-
Win For Both the Receiver and Us as If We Can
And Will Practice Life This Way Giving, Sharing, Caring,
And Healing In No Expect of Return the Giving Becomes
Greater Than the Actual Receiving For the Giver Indeed so in
Surely Do Inherit
A Real Kingdom of Love Within So Real
When It Comes to Thanks to Others for their
Gifts in Life i Also Do that Reciprocation as a
Never Ending Practice of Life Yet Out of Love Not Out
of Duty in Any Form
of Book or Such
As The More
We Give the
More Love We Keep The
More We Give Free my FRiEnD
the Video is Set to Private for now
Yet i Will Check Back Later to See if
it is Public as i Always Enjoy Your views/lessons
on Moving Meditation Whatever Form You Teach
What i Do Know, Feel, And Sense is This is a Practice
of FRiEnDS With Gravity Fortunately Never Truly Fully
Mastered a best
Part of Existence
is Change and Always
A Potential to Evolve And Grow More mY FRiEnD…
SMiLes For me at Least Every Move and Word Only
It Will Only
‘slight’ me Personally
if someone called me
A Master of Any Thing in Life…
Only A Continuing Student of Existence i Am
How Boring that Will Be to me at least Hehe
Bound in A Book A Cover With No WHere to Wing Free..:)
Thank you so much Fred for your important words and work. I also appreciate your kind acknowledgement. Thanks for your knowingness and weighing in always! 💖💖💖You are a blessings! 💖
Thank You Dear
Cindy So Happy
To Find Someone
On Word Press With
Such Amazing Skills
In Teaching And Doing
Awww thanks dear Fred!
Happy someone told me. Hope you like it!
Finally Got to
And i Left You
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Of Your Blog
lol … I’ll have to have a look. I like mini Fredwoods like this one.. most appreciated dear Fred… I’ll get there eventually! 💖💖
I love tai chi. It is like giving myself a massage.
oh I love that Mary. What a great explanation. It really is Mary.. so relaxing 💖💖💖 🙏
Bravo to you, Cindy, for studying and practicing Tai Chi for fifteen years. That is fantastic! I have some experience with it and find it incredibly grounding and calming. It is also beautiful to watch. 💗
Thank you so much Michele. As a dancer you know how different it is but It’s a great balance to our movement. 💖💖💖
Yes, absolutely. I could use a Tai Chi class right now.
Thank you so much for mentioning me, Cindy! I appreciate it. My husband really likes the Qigong breath work. It seems to help him with his asthma. It is amazing how much good can come out of such simple movements as in T’ai Chi. Have a great day!
You’re soooo welcome Dawn. I loved your and it really is powerful. I’m so glad as you had a very comprehensive post that I loved. It’s awesome and Qigong is even easier.. You do the same.. 💖💖💖
Love that, though sad about the person being “cut out” of a will. Oh, but that does happen! I practice living in Gratitude DAILY, and say “Thank You” even more than may be expected! 🙏
I thought you would Sheila and yes I agree with you but then, well it does. You’re sooo welcome.. My video is public now so that might help. Thanks my friend! 💖💖
I would love to learn Tai Chi Cindy, we have no teachers or groups in our area. Is there anything online I could follow that you would recommend?
Yes, go to Terry Dunn online he has videos and online classes. ! He’s awesome. My video is now public. It’s basic but it’s a start. Keep me posted.💖
I have heard great things about Tai Chai, it’s probably better than sitting and eating ice-cream when frazzled! 😆Btw, your video at the bottom says its set to private if you didn’t know.
hahahaha well said Tricia! For sure that is true.
Oh i best open it up. Thanks for letting me know 👏😱😱😱😱😱😱💖
It’s public now, thanks or you!! 💖💖💖💖🙏🙏
💕❤️thanks so much again!!!
💗🌸I don’t want to miss a video!!🌸💗
As a martial artist, I’ve always had a desire to study Qigong Tai Chi privately and in person for a multiple reasons, but never found the right teacher, at the right time ( not that there is a wrong time), or the right location. I’m glad you enjoy it so well.
Maybe it’s time now Poet.
Look up Terry Dunn. His is probably the easiest to follow and he is an amazing teacher and you can take a class online. Its all of what you say and being a martial artist you’re know the intention of mindfulness and staying with the flow. My video is so mediocre and I missed a lot but it’s incredible to me. Thanks for letting me know.. 💖💖
Thanks for the info. As for me, I can be a bit pedantic and I don’t do much online wise until I feel I met the right level. I may still get there one day.
I understand. When and if the time arises it will be there-:)💕❤️💕
Wow, it’s wonderful to hear the valuable role Tai Chi has played in your life. It always sounded like a great way to relax and practice mindfulness.
It really is. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. You may want to try it something and Terry Dunn does a great job on line too! 💖💖
Ooooh, I will definitely think about it. Thanks for the advice. ^_^
You’re so welcome, anytime! 💖💖
As I was telling Daw when she did a Tai Chi post. When I was doing karate and kickboxing, the master would have us do Tai Chi now and then. I hated it. Like yoga, it doesn’t mix well with ADHD.
Hahahaahaha I get it Tim and as a dancer you can imagine how I created my own form. I truly get what you’re saying but it’s weird for me.. a love hate now. I always find myself coming back because I find these places like you that I just don’t want to be. Then I’m like.. hmmm there’s something here for me, and i keep at. Maybe the masochist in me.. 😂💖 it.
I’d like to get into Tai Chi. It is something I can do as age advances. Thanks for sharing the information from Michael Gillman.
I think you would like it John. I LOVE it.
My teacher is in Lake county but I barely get there. Terry Dunn is amazing with his videos and online classes. I highly recommend him. I just on sometimes. It took me 7 years to learn the short form.. but I’m a slow learner. 😂😂
The introspection is powerful/. I just on to terry’s class now and again too. I should have and will need to post it.. Thanks John! 💖
💜 A ‘Bully’ is Damaged EveryOne, for Me “Tai Chi” is not Defence, it’s Reflecting Perception of a Persons Perceived Strengths back at them; it’s a Great Method of Assisting a ‘Bully’ to Turn Their Perceived Strengths InSide then they Rage, Break Down, Crying…something No “Tai Chi’ Practitioner takes JOY!!! in; but it Paves The Way to Resolving The Bullies Multiple Mental Health Issues (MMHI) EveryBody
I love that about it Yernasia. I do it for the meditation and respite but you’re so right it is deflective rather than reactive and that’s where power is where you just stay where you are and let others figure it out.
💜 Thank YOU!!! for YOUR!!! Kind Words and YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome 🙏🏿 🤗 ☺️ 😊 🙌 😀 🙏🏿 SupaSoulSis; it’s a Pleasure 🙏🏿 ☺️ 😊 🤗 👌🏾 🔥 🙏🏿
You’re so welcome lol bro-:)💕
Wow, 15 years is a long time studying Tai chi. Cindy! But then it shouldn’t be surprised when it becomes part of your life. My sister did Tai Chi regularly. She posted her demonstration on Facebook and I saved it. She was good. (She died three years ago). She was also a ballroom dance instructor and continued to have ballroom dance birthday parties with her dancing friends.
It is Miriam and it is truly a practice. It is so grounding and rooting. I do love it. ohhhh that’s sooo cool about your sister. We had to tease the dance out of me.. lol . Oh no… I’m so sad to hear that and sooo soooo sorry Miriam. Oh she sounds like she lived life to it’s fullest which is truly wonderful to know. 💖💖
It’s an art great for the mind and soul, Cindy. My sister had a wonderful life. 💖💖
A lovely post, my dearest Cindy. Though I’ve not taken Tai Chi before, it is a class we’ve offered for years, and it is beloved by those that take it. ❤️
I think you would love it!!!💕❤️💕😘
Wow, this was so informative! Perfect start for my day
Oh so happy to hear Akshita and thanks! 💕❤️💕
Hi Cindy, great to see you again. I loved that article which you shared, I knew very less about Tai Chi, thought they were just exercises. Very insightful post. Keep rocking! ~ Jay
Cindy, thank you for sharing this. You have exposed me to other ways of exercising. Thanks, Keith
I was reading Ikigai this morning and it has a section about Tai chi and a few movements. Slow mo dance moves, I should say. 😬
oh very cool.. i love the combo.. thanks Bharath!~ 💖💖
This is for me😊
Starting in ernest 🤝
Very beautiful and interesting topic on Tai Chi. Keeps the mind and body at complete ease and peace. Thanks a lot for your lovely post. Happy week ahead dear Cindy ❤️
Wow, you always have so much going on I have no idea how you handle it all! Also fifteen years studying Tai Chi is amazing. It sounds so wonderful 🤗
Such a beautiful message and my dear Cindy you truly are an inspiration. 💕
Weddings just 7 weeks away 😮 Wishing you the best in all your preps. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Beautiful to read
So Happy to hear that.. thank you~! 💖💖💖💖
I love your zest for life, Cindy. You will probably live into your 100s as well. Let’s hope so. 🙂
Move it Monday? Can it be Thursday already 🤦♀️ how did that happen 😅 So exciting that the wedding is in 7 weeks…my niece gets married in September too ❤️ Tai Chi sounds like an excellent idea for me! 🙏
lol.. any day you choose is the right time for sure!!! Omg I know, I can’t believe it is actually here. That’s so exciting about you niece too!
I think you would enjoy it.,. 💖💖💖😎
I had heard and read about Tai Chi, but this interesting post of yours is an eye opener for me. I know and practise yoga and meditation, but not this art. Bravo, Cindy 💖🙏
Greetings, these exercises look so good I really need to get into the practice. I’m used to regular strength training but I like this method, thanks for the detail explanation and demonstration.
Thank you so much Frank! I hear you on the strength piece as I love that too but this is a great balance to everything else we do at the gym. Much appreciated! 💖
15 years?! That explains your vitality, Cindy. Not just through looking great in your videos, but also keeping up with the tons of engagement you get on your blog.
I’ve always grown up around tai chi as here in Malaysia, you’re never further than a stone’s throw away from a park with early morning tai chi sessions. So interesting to see you showing the moves. Thanks for all this effort, Cindy!
awww thanks so much Stu .. I really appreciate that. I’m honored and blushing.
Oh how cool. That was my favorite in Hong Kong to go out and do it in the park even though in the day I didn’t really know it and just waived my arms. hahahaha. It really does help with mindfulness. Thank a lot Stuart for your kind and generous comments! 💖💖💖
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