The Cultural Differences

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Taiji is an ancient wisdom passed down to us, the modern day people, through our teachers. We have heard from our Taiji teachers that there is no short-cut in the Taiji journey. Every movement, every intention and every action are based on the same Taiji principles. These principles are deceivingly simple to understand, but deviously difficult to follow.

In the past, and even now, we are told to practice, practice and practice. When we have put in enough effort, these Taiji principles will begin to show themselves in our movements, our intention and our actions.

I am sure everyone has heard of “kungfu” (功夫). Most of us would tend to think kungfu is spoken in the same breathe as martial arts, where in fact what kungfu really means is hard work and effort. When we say somebody has very good kungfu, what we are actually saying is that this person’s hard work in, say, his martial art practice, is showing in his movements. It is the result of the hard work and effort that we are appreciating, not the martial art itself.

Another virtue that is closely related to hard work is delayed gratification. We will reap the reward from our hard work one day, and that day will come when we have put in enough hard work. Our mind and body simply need time and a lot of practice to be able to fully understand the Taiji wisdom.

If we can embrace these two virtues and incorporate them into our Taiji practice, we will benefit from doing the simple things correctly. We would begin to realize how we shift our center of gravity when we move from one posture to another. We would begin to be mindful of how the movement of one part of our body affects the other. We would now be aware of how our mind can become more focused, and then how easily we can lose that focus as our mind wanders about……

We begin to understand ourselves. This is the start of the Taiji journey.

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