We are faced with so many distraction and pressures in the world of today, so many reasons why we cannot practice our Tai Chi Chuan, why we must be somewhere else, having to do something else, so many things to snatch away our centre and relieve us of our root, and in the entanglement we tend to neglect the things that really matter, but Tai Chi Chuan is not an investment in the erratic whims and fears of the worldly market of today, it is a quiet investment in oneself, in improving our feeling of health, our feeling of wellness, of nurturing our feeling of belonging, of connection and re-generating our relationship and just-ness with the natural world and each other and resting in the enduring quiet strength of being.
In today’s world, for our Grandchildren’s world, I think this is so much more the medicine needed. From today, reclaim your time, invest it in the things that matter, water your practice just a little bit and in your every tomorrow growth, not decline, will accompany you.
- John H 2015
Reflecting this morning on how when entering a practice hall to learn Tai Chi Chuan I always get a sense of leaving the fast and hurried world at the door behind me, albeit, for a short time. Sometimes the distractions of the world do seep in an attempt to relieve us of our centeredness. Maintaining and restoring balance is ceaseless. I remembered the poem by Cheng Man Ching, and found a version on the www, and though I often forget, I think Professor Cheng expresses it pretty neatly, why many of us are drawn to learn Tai Chi Chuan, I trust you may enjoy his words also?
- John H
By Trish Tan
Words can only try to describe and convey the meanings of these concepts in the Martial Morality Code. These are best seen in one’s actions and perhaps, learning to speak and listen with one’s heart. A strong person is not necessarily hard, a hard person is not necessarily strong.
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide