Steve’s Musings

The Daoyin Manuscripts

In 1973 a tomb was unearthed in the Hunan province of China, which was originally sealed in 168 B.C. In it were the bodies of the Marquis of Dai, his wife, and his son. The tomb also contained thirty manuscripts, including two versions of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Jing,...

How to Get to Carnegie Hall

We all know the old joke: A tourist stops an old man on the street in downtown Manhattan.He asks: “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”The old man wags a finger and replies: “Practice, practice, practice!” One may ask, “Why practice? It’s just the same old stuff over &...

The Chart of Inner Luminosity

It took me a while to track this down. The Chinese names for this image have been variously translated as: Diagram of the Internal Texture of Man Diagram of the Inner Scripture Chart of the Inner Passageways Diagram of Internal Pathways Chart of the Inner...

How to Practice Tai Chi

These suggestions come from the booklet ‘An Introduction to Tai Chi’ by the Harvard Medical School. I have edited and condensed the material here. For the full text, I recommend you harass the Longmont Public Library into providing you a free copy. Failing that, it is...

Science Catches Up to Tai chi

Today, I received a copy of a Harvard Medical School special health report called: ‘An Introduction to Tai Chi.’ This is a 46 page booklet that recommends Tai Chi as an exercise program for mental and physical well-being. The Harvard Medical School doesn’t make...

Consumer Reports Study on Back Pain

The June 2017 issue of the Consumer Reports Magazine took a look at back pain. Causes, remedies, costs, and how back pain affects quality of life. They interviewed 3,562 back pain sufferers and found the most satisfying relief came from regular Yoga or Tai Chi...

What’s a Body to Do?

How many body's do you have? You can think about this as various bodies, or as various aspects of your body. If you can gather all your bodies/aspects, and convince them to all live together harmoniously in the being called you, then life is good. And long. And...

Your Tai Chi Isn’t in the Mirror

The other day, during a class, when we would start to practice our form, I noticed a student moving left & right to get into the right spot. I asked him what he was doing, and he replied: “I’m getting to the place where I can see the mirror.” Aha! Your Tai Chi...