More people are familiar with tai chi in Europe than at any other time in history. Compared to the growth of yoga, tai chi is still small. Both yoga and tai chi have ancient history, but yoga came to Europe much earlier than tai chi. [image_right_caption caption=”Yang style single whip” href=”#” src=”http://taomeditation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Screen-Shot-2014-05-22-at-17.27.04.png”]Tai chi history and legend is already well documented. Stories and histories vary according to lineage and affiliation. From the perspective of Tao Meditation, tai chi is a harmonious means to make the body and mind wieldy, to improve health and to stabilise emotions and mental process. This is already enough to highly commend tai chi practice. Different family traditions or styles of tai chi provide a wide range of interpretation, yet in all styles the underlying basis is the same: tai chi practice concerns developing great skill in movement, in avoiding conflict, in doing no harm and in moving in accordance with the grand design or the great ultimate.
Like yoga, the movements of tai chi cannot be separated from their philosophical and cosmic applications. Martial artists of pre revolutionary China were not concerned with philosophy and cosmology except when it became clear to them that aligning with nature, with greater forces than man brought the highest efficiency. Even to the extent of magic does tai chi practice reach. What the ordinary man sees as magic is no more than the natural order to the adept. Without doubt, whatever level of your practice of tai chi, when you quiet your mind and tune in, the magic appears. [image_left_caption caption=”Repulse monkey Yang style” href=”#” src=”http://taomeditation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Screen-Shot-2014-05-22-at-17.26.23.png”]
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