Returning to an Old, Familiar Practice

It’s easy to get caught in a linear, progress-oriented way of thinking about your practice. What’s new? What can I learn next? Am I improving…all the time. You get so caught up in doing it right and refining every little detail that you can lose sight of the what’s really great about practice in the […]

Rhythm, Timing, and Intuition

Why is it that sometimes you feel confident, connected, and at ease and other times you get flustered, disoriented and nothing seems to come together? According to Greek poet Archilocus, “we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” Now does that mean that every possible situation […]

Don’t Dissolve Your Blockages

That’s right, don’t dissolve blocked energy, tension, or contraction in your body….let it dissolve. Now, that might seem like a fine semantic distinction, but it captures an attitude towards practice that is essential for energetic resolution and finding deeper layers of the mind. Let your body relax. Let your chi sink through the structure of […]

Reporting Live from the Beach

I’m on day 4 of daily practice by the ocean, but it’s more than that. We’re staying right on the beach, so I get to soak up the energy of the ocean pretty much all day long. Now, I didn’t used to have any sense for what “the energy of the ocean” meant and like […]

Practice, Stress, and Building Outward Connections

“At some point, don’t we have to ask ourselves, “Aren’t I healthy enough?”  Don’t I need to work on “waking up”, on manifesting kindness and patience, and being other oriented?” That’s from a conversation we’ve been having in the Inner Form discussion group and it got me thinking. You might be learning to cultivate your […]

Obviously Tai Chi Improves Balance, But How Do You Explain It?

We often talk about the way Tai Chi can improve your physical health and mental and emotional well-being from the point of view of the practitioner. But not everyone out there is as familiar with practical ways to use Tai Chi to support their health and wellness goals as you may be. Later this year, […]

The Virtues of a Newborn in Taoist Practices

Lao Tzu Statue courtesy of Wu Wei Taoist Arts

In all Taoist practices, there is a theme of moving like a newborn. We look to the softness, connectedness, and smoothness of their movements to re-learn and relax how we normally get around. Taoist breathing trains you to move your belly, sides, and back in a gentle compress and release pattern that tones the internal […]

Poll: What Does It Feel Like When You Meditate?

I was talking to a friend last night about standing qigong and different meditation traditions that we had both tried. When we say “meditation” in this context, we were including all practices like breathing for relaxation, Tai Chi, qigong, and sitting practices too. Part of what I’d like to hear from you (see below) is […]

Personal Practice Journey

Having the luxury of a full month of training this summer has made me step back and reflect on my own personal practice over the last 13 years. I tried to put together some of what this process has been like for me and sum it up here. I’m curious to know what you think. […]

Take Home One New Thing

Hiking in Telluride

I’m on vacation this week in Telluride, Colorado. Telluride nestled into a box canyon, with peaks jutting up all around it. Pretty amazing scenery and hiking around at 10,000 feet gives you plenty of time to think. Whenever I come to a place like this, I always play the game of “What If I Lived […]