Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tai Chi in Daily Life

An excerpt from "The Dao of Taijiquan, Way to Rejuvenation" by Jou, Tsung Hwa.

The ability to attack as one withdraws is known in Daoism as "the yang among the yin".

The teachings of taijiquan can also be incorporated into your daily life. If a person criticizes you or makes an unfair of disparaging remark, you can react in several ways. If you meet resistance with resistance and attack by returning the criticism, conflict naturally develops. You become upset, and nothing is settled. Alternatively, if you retreat from the person's statement, you become fearful and assume the statement must be accepted; you again become upset, frustrated and hurt. However, Daoist philosophy provides an alternative to either total attack or total retreat. The philosophy of "the yang among the yin" teaches you how to become acutely aware of what is said. Consider its meaning, and act accordingly. You will dismiss the statement if it is false and learn from it if it is true. Having this understanding, you realized you are in control of yourself and your own reactions.

4 comments:

Martial Arts Mom said...

I love your thoughts. I strive to let things roll off me but sometimes it is hard. But your post inspired me to go that extra step to try a bit harder...Thanks, Michele!

Michele said...
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Michele said...

Hi MAM: Wish I could take credit but...the quote is from a book by Jou Tsung Hwa. I was reading the book and this passage jumped off the page for me.

It inspired me too.

ela_xponent@gmail said...

Tai Chai is a martial form of art. Tai Chai requires intensive practices and proper training is mostly needed. Spiritually Tai Chai practice drives ones energy. It is great source of self defense and physical exercise, which really important in every spheres of life. You are quiet true to your word, tai Chai increase our confidence level and self balance power and also ensure longevity, strong mind, and build moral characteristics.