Squirrels, Taiji, and Stillness

Squirrels, Taiji, and Stillness

All of my students have met my squirrel.  We became friends a couple of years ago, and we share a few moments together each day.  I’ve written about her before, including even a poem.  She comes each day to eat peanuts with me on one of the benches in the meditation...
Taiji Is Life:  One Student’s Story

Taiji Is Life: One Student’s Story

Taiji has been a major part of my life for over 30 years now, and teaching it has been over 17 years with temple time among those years.  At the age of 74 (nearly, at the time of this writing), my taiji has never been better, and my legs remain strong.  I know this...
Taiji and Stillness

Taiji and Stillness

Taiji is life.  I tell my students this in our first class together.  They likely think this is just hyperbole, salesmanship, but by the time we finish together, they understand what I mean. We cultivate stillness through the ancient practice of tai chi. We immerse...
Belonging And Stillness

Belonging And Stillness

How do we find our place in life?  In the world?  A good question.  Daoist adepts look to their breath-driven skills for a part of the answer.  We refer to the Dao de Qing for a little guidance, too, but mostly we walk our path and turn inward. Meditation, qigong, and...