Is something missing from you life, or is your life at least so disjointed that stress has become a
way of life for you? Our society bombards us with messages, overloads us with sensory experiences, and
requires stressful multi-tasking that makes it well-nigh impossible to live a balanced life.
Too often even the deepest religious affiliations fail to address these problems in everday life.
Enter Tai Chi Chuan. With Tai Chi in your life, you have the opportunity to find balance, in addition
to all the other benefits of this ancient art - self-defense, gentle strengthening, condition,
building internal energy, retention of youthful vitality, and healing or preventing a wide
variety of physical, mental, and spiritual maladies.
Until I dove deep into the well of Tai Chi's offerings, my life was unbalanced. I was often oblivious
to the errors of modern living. I knew things were wrong, but did not see with clarity either the
wrongs or the ways to right them.
As I dove deeper and sharpened my practice, everything came into focus. I came to understand that
the principles I used to put my Tai Chi practice to good use - defined as good martial arts applications -
were useful in improving every aspect of my life. This occurred without my even trying to make it
Thus I came to see the utility of introducing
relaxation from tension or stress into every part of my life; the utility of living my life with true
intention; of living my life with full awareness of the social landscape around me; of applying my efforts
continuously; of applying my efforts with unremitting focus; of linking all of my actions to my core
values; of accepting the things I cannot prevent; and of removing my ego from many aspects of my
thinking and decision making.
With this realization came my writing of Tai Chi In Your Life: 8 Principles That Can Change Your
Life While Learning and Growing with Tai Chi,
now in print at Amazon.com and other venues.
One thing I learned about Tai Chi in my early years of teaching is that not everyone who studies Tai Chi
is interested in learning about Chinese culture. So a key aspect of my book is the attempt to
translate Chinese concepts into Western notions. I toss in some of the the most common words and
phrases - which helps us make sure we are all talking about the same thing - but for the most part
spare the reader the need to worry about it.
I also offer physical and mental exercises for cultivating the principle. This means that you can
adopt and make great use of Tai Chi In Your Life even if you are not a student of Tai Chi Chuan.
But if you do, you'll sure want to find a teacher!